With only one fixture left in the 2011-12 Premiership season, it might be a good time to hand out some end-of-the-year grades.
It’s been a campaign of two halves for this iteration of Everton Football Club. At times this year, the Toffees hovered near the drop zone, only to claw back once the calendar changed to perhaps finish seventh—if Sunday goes right.
In true Everton fashion, the club did it not with high-priced international talent, but with bargain-bin transfers and loaners. David Moyes once again turned his island of misfit toys into top-flight material, molding mud into marble sculptures, cream into butter, and Denis Stracqualursi into a striker.
So how did Moyes’ men do? As it would be unfair (and/or pointless) to grade players for only a handful of performances, I’m only including players who stepped on the pitch 10 or more times for Everton this year. Sorry Ross Barkley fans, maybe next year.
Oh, and any player who didn’t finish the season with Everton is excluded. As well as Landon Donovan played, he is ineligible, though it’s clear what mark he would have earned (Hint: He’s an American).
Assuming everyone plays to average form against Newcastle, here are the Everton player grades for the 2011-12 season.