Since Diniyar Bilyaletdinov signed with Everton for 8.9 million pounds from Lokomotiv Moscow, my opinion on him has been mixed. I know he has the talent to play in the Premier League and he has shown flashes of brilliance, but at the same time he has also disappeared in one too many matches and seems to lack pace a lot of times. To make things even more confusing, he has played quite well on international duty for Russia and has shown he can play a number of positions there.
Last season ended promisingly, but the first half of this season has been a nightmare for Bily so far.
Just in case you can't remember some of his good times, just re-watch this goal:
While I expected great things from Bilyaletdinov when he first joined the club, I am not completely disappointed with him. He really hasn't got many chances to start or even play to really get into the flow of things. This could be because of his mediocre form or it could have been because he didn't fit into the squad or formation.
Either way, Bilyaletdinov hasn't completely worked out for the club, but instead of complaining or asking for a transfer, he just came out into the media and said he will try harder than ever. Maybe it's because his father is a coach (at Lokomotiv Moscow), but he it seems that Bily is just going to keep his head down and keep working.
This is what he had to say while speaking at a community visit at Wallasey School (All quotes courtesy of this Liverpool Echo article):