Everton's best - and worst - of 2011 part 2

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Magaye Gueye celebrates after team mate Leon Osman has scored the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park on April 16, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Continuing our look back at the past year two more RBM writers have answer question about the past 12 months, where the club is at and where they are going (nowhere or down being the depressingly) popular answer. Sean and Calvin and the guys answering the questions......

Sean

RBM:Tweet the year - your review of the year in 140 characters or less
Sean: Stagnant football has Everton going nowhere at the moment, but the young guns provide hope for the future.

RBM: Player of the year and why
Sean: Leighton Baines - The man does it all. Not only is he a terrific defensive presence, but with Arteta gone he's also our most dangerous weapon to utilize in the attack. Quality set pieces, a fighting spirit, even a few caps for England... I wish we had a few more like Baines in the squad.

RBM: Most disappointing player of the year + why
Sean: Tim Cahill - He's still my favorite player, and his effort and commitment can never be denied, but unless he scores against Swansea the fact will remain that it has now been over a full calendar year since his last goal. He's simply snake-bitten at the moment, and I'm worried that Australia's relentless international schedule might finally be catching up with Tiny Tim.

RBM: Best game of the year
Sean: May 7 (Everton 2-1 Manchester City) - I thought there wasn't a single game in 2011 that better encapsulated Everton at its best: hard word, grit, determination, brave defending, and timely goals.

RBM: Worst game of the year
Sean: March 1 FA Cup (Everton 0-1 Reading) - This match was made all the worse coming off the high of defeating Chelsea in a fourth round replay at Stamford Bridge. This was Everton's last chance to win something in 2011, and yet the team could hardly have looked more disinterested until the final moments of the game when it was too late.

RBM: Hopes for the January transfer window
Sean: With Donovan on his way, it remains painfully obvious we still need another striker (or two). I'd like to see an established forward acquired (either permanently or on loan), as well as a lesser-known quantity with potential (a la Jermaine Beckford). Also, I think it's time for Bily to move on.

RBM: Prediction for the rest of the season
Sean: I think a decent run of form will see us into the New Year, but ultimately we'll finish 9th. Bold predictions: Donovan scores in the final game before his loan ends to give us a 1-0 win at Anfield, and Everton make a deep run in the FA Cup to reach the semi-finals.

RBM: Where will be in 12 months time
Sean: I pray we will have received new investment by then, but based on the last few years I'm not getting my hopes up. If not then I think we'll still be stalled in the middle of the table.

Calvin

RBM: Tweet the year - your review of the year in 140 characters or less
Calvin: 'Hope springs eternal, but alas, the well is dry and rain not forthcoming'

RBM: Player of the year and why
Calvin: Leighton Baines. He has given the Everton attack width, and his runs and crosses form an important part of the team's strategy.

RBM: Most disappointing player of the year and why
Calvin: Louis Saha. Not only has he failed to score consistently, he still cannot seem to shake the injury bug.

RBM: Best game of the year
Calvin: Winning 2-1 against Man City at Goodison Park. The team showed resolve and creativity to come from behind and win.

RBM: Worst game of the year
Calvin: Losing 2-0 at Stoke City on New Year's Day. This game was the best example of Everton having all the possession and failing to capitalize on any of the chances, to eventually lose with Jagielka's own goal being the clincher.

RBM: Hopes for the January transfer window
Calvin: Some more midfield depth, especially of the attacking variety.

RBM: Prediction for the rest of the season
Calvin: Ups and downs for the rest of the season, with no spring revival this time, leading to a mid-table finish.

RBM: Where will be in 12 months time
Calvin: The ownership debate will not be resolved yet. Money for new players will remain scarce. David Moyes will have fielded more proposals to coach elsewhere, but will remain for at least one more season at Merseyside. Tony Hibbert & Phil Neville will hang up their boots. Louis Saha will move back to France.

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