As we move into spring, the “business end” of the football season is fast approaching. The big games are coming thick and fast and the pressure is heaped upon players and managers to make brash, brave, significant calls. Decisions that could ultimately determine whether a team will have anything to show for a whole nine months of hard graft.
With Everton on the cusp of an FA Cup quarterfinal tie against Wigan, Toffees manager David Moyes is one of those men who has some of those crucial calls to make.
Moyes’ contract situation has been well documented in recent weeks, with many citing the ongoing negotiations (or lack of negotiations as we’re led to believe) as a distracting factor for his Everton side. It must be said, the media focus on the issue has definitely coincided with Everton’s drop in form following the turn of the year.
But despite all of that, and with Wembley on the horizon, you can bet nobody at Goodison Park will be thinking about anything other than reaching the last-four of the FA Cup come full-time on Saturday.
And back-to-back 3-1 wins against Oldham and Reading will have injected some confidence into the side following a tricky run of games.
The Toffees have a formidable home record and with Wigan manager Roberto Martinez hinting this week that he will most likely rotate the squad, the onus will be on Everton too be positive, be aggressive and to go out and win the tie
A trip to the capital would certainly give the fans some memories from what has been a season not shorn of promise and progression.
But before all of that, the Everton manager has some key tactical choices to get Everton through what promises to be an intriguing quarterfinal.