On Merseyside, Farhad Moshiri is anything from a hero; his work in taking Everton by storm after pouring his riches into the team is truly astounding.
It’s incredible how a businessman with such a large net worth could turn the Toffees—a team with the potential for long-term success—into such an embarrassment.
During his seven years in charge, he led one of England’s most illustrious football teams from pursuing Europe to escaping relegation, with very few bright spots.
The Iranian had nothing to do with Sean Dyche’s appointment, which came about after the disastrous administrations of Frank Lampard and Rafa Benitez.
The fact that he needed to be persuaded to abandon the highly publicized signing of Marcelo Bielsa highlights the terrible choices he still makes.
The former Burnley manager has earned the club’s current level of stability with strong performances and a starting lineup he can now rely on. The media is finally beginning to believe him.
James Garner, a pleasant surprise star, has been at the center of all of it. And yet a malleable celebrity too, at just 22 years old.
In fact, the 52-year-old has already sought to issue him a vocal challenge, outlining the one thing the Manchester United academy graduate can still improve on. He noted: ‘He’s just a good kid. He’s got that nice little edge about him that he’s a bit of a nark now and again, I like it.
‘I think you need that as a footballer. The demands he places upon himself is very pleasing as he works very hard in training and I think he’s getting the rewards with his improvement. Players these days have got it all there, it’s all in front of you.
‘We can only guide them to where they want to go, it’s up to them and he’s showing signs he wants to grip it.
‘That’s really pleasing to see him do it. I want him to do the hard yards and the basics of being a midfield player but I want him to play and have the freedom to play and he’s finding that nice mix.’
How good is James Garner?
Having suffered with a persisting back injury for the bulk of last season, it feels like only now are Evertonians being treated to the true talent that Garner has to offer.
The £30k-per-week maestro joined in a £15m move after shining on loan with Nottingham Forest, yet this term has proven himself more than capable of impressing in the Premier League.
His one goal and one assist from 11 starts is solid, but his underlying figures portray the real positivity he brings to Dyche’s side.
After all, he is recording 1.1 key passes, 2.6 tackles and 4.6 ball recoveries per game, with his ability to nip in and win back possession before springing a counter unrivalled, via Sofascore.
Although far from the finished product, Garner is integral for Everton at the moment, and will only continue to grow.