Saturday, 7 February 2009


Jo looks like he will be a useful signing for Everton. He showed good touch and pace and was one of the key figures in Everton's 3-0 win over Bolton - scored two (one brilliant, the other a penalty) and created the other by inviting Andy O'Brien to trip him up which O'Brien obligingly did: another penalty, converted by Arteta.

Bolton were puzzlingly inert. A most un-Bolton-like performance, especially after their rousing finale against Spurs last week. Gary Megson made no excuses. Speaking to the press in the media room high up in the main stand, he described Bolton's performance as a non-event. "We will be relegated if we play like that." No-one could argue.

Can't help feeling that selling Kevin Nolan to Newcastle was a dumb move. Nolan's drive and commitment in midfield were missed today.

For Everton, Jo's debut reminded me of Duncan McKenzie's home debut for Everton some 30 years ago. The Brazilian wasn't as dominant as Duncan was on that day, but he produced the sort of skills which the Goodison crowd love, and scored one goal in open play and one penalty, just like McKenzie.

1 comment:

Mike said...

Spot on there Charlie, I think that Jo will prove to be a cracking loan signing for the Toffees. He's playing in a pressure free situation with no fee to be justified. Everton is a family club and Moyes is a terrific manager who will no doubt get the best out of him. With his arial presence he'll fit in well with the way Everton play, and it should be good news for Man City as well if he settles down and starts scoring goals.