GOALS win games. It’s got to be one of the most ‘stating the bleeding obvious’ of all the mind-numbing cliches football tends to churn out – and that’s saying something.
But as ever, it’s a cliche because it’s true, and around this time 10 years ago Evertonians were reminded of that when a centre forward did the business in a timely fashion David Moyes’ modern-day squad craves dearly.
On the back page of today’s ECHO, and elsewhere in this supplement, the Blues boss has underlined why it’s so important his attacking players start scoring.
And what he’d give for the type of attacking impetus Thomas Radzinski provided at this point in the 2002/03 Premier League campaign.
The Blues were trailing at home to Southampton thanks to a first-half James Beattie strike and with 10 minutes left things were not looking good and the natives were restless.
Sitting pretty in fifth place in the table beforehand Moyes’ men were looking good, but the visitors managed by another ginger Scot Gordon Strachan, were hot on their heels and looked like taking a valuable three points.
That reckoned without the Polish pocket-rocket who levelled in the 83rd minute, and then saved his very best for last with a 93rd minute thunderbolt which almost burst the Gwladys Street net.
It was a truly coupon-busting contribution that shook Goodison royally.
How dearly such a strike would have been welcomed in recent weeks when Everton have conspired to fluff chances, and leave themselves vulnerable to being undone at the last-gasp.
The concern, however, is that Everton circa February 2003 had more goal-scoring options than they do now.
Moyes was able to start that day with the in-form Brian McBride, a proven forward who could lead the line admirably, alongside Radzinksi and had the luxury of the club’s eventual top scorer that season, Kevin Campbell, on the bench alongside none other than Wayne Rooney.
That year Moyes laid down a marker by guiding Everton to seventh place in his first full season in charge at Goodison. If he wants to go three places better in what could be his final campaign, he’s going to need the scoring options he does have to start clicking fast.