Sky Sports subtitler and freelance football writer.
Everton Featured Columnist on B/R, but also enjoy individual player and performance analysis, generally using a statistical theme.
Work the odd shift for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team.
You are an Everton and probably a very knowledgeable one.
I would like to have your opinion on Gerard Deulofeu.
I am a Barcelona and was hoping I'll get a good review from you regarding our youth prospect.
Oh right, I didn't realise they gave you specific titles to write on, I thought you just wrote your own and they approved them. That said, although your stuff on Everton is by far my favourite of all our writers, I'd have thought they'd have given it to someone else to do. Every other clubs seems to get one.
I agree with that though. The control and fluidity in our play was exciting, but Distin and Jagielka seemed to be worryingly out of sync. There appeared (at least to me) as though there was a lack of communication and they were both playing as individual defenders, rather than a defensive partnership. I fear that against a team (all due respect) better than Norwich, they could be split quite easily with a smart pass. David Silva, Juan Mata, Coutinho etc. could have a field day against us. But on a more positive note, the attack was good.
I'm also very happy Barkley made an impression. I knew of his existence a few years back, but little more than that, so I can't claim to have followed him like you. That said, my best friend played along side him in their Sunday league team (a long time ago) and said that his manager actually told his dad during a game; 'This Barkley kid is going to go on to captain England one day', such was his talent. I imagine it seemed a slightly over the top comment at the time, but he must have been showing a LOT of promise from a young age to have something said about him like that. My mates' only real memories of it was that he was very good, very scary and managed to knock out a spectator, behind the goal, with a stray shot :P
I agree with that as well. Although we had a lot of control, we seemed more concerned with that at times, than actually scoring. A few wayward passes can be forgiven if they are trying to split the defense. It was reminiscent of Arteta; afraid to shoot in case he gave the ball away, always choosing to play it out to the wings. Overall I am very happy with the performance though, and hope we can build on it next week.
I hope you do get more of them, they're my personal favourite as well.
Hey Matt, do you reckon you could do a '5 things we learned' or something similar for the Everton - Norwich game? Would love to hear your opinion on the performance.
I'm gonna assume you're an Everton fan? Could you tell me your thoughts on Seamus Coleman?
Thanks for being one of the few Everton bloggers. I get a lot of insight from you I can take to the pubs and act like I know a lot about the game!
Thanks Matt I certainly enjoy yours. Sam Tighe, Allan Jaing and You are my favorites B/R writers. The rest of the staff is ok too except they tend to drink from the United Cup even the ones who listed other clubs as their favorites. You three bring more technical information to your article which a novice like myself laps up. Take care have a great day, I look forward to more articles from you.
Thanks Matt, means a lot coming from a good Blue!
Enjoying your more persistant Everton coverage mate, keep it up...
Matt, keep coming with the rugby lists! Lets see a world XV!!! or even a europe XV!!!