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Goodison Faithful Losing Patience With “King Louis”

Adopting a nickname related to a towering figure of the French monarchy was always quite a bold move by Louis Saha. “King Louis” is what he has been affectionately known as within Everton folklore, however i feel it is time for the crown to passed on, and his throne taken from him.

A dogged career of injuries has never really assisted Saha in his quest for footballing success. Sir Alex Ferguson offered him the chance of a lifetime by bringing him to Old Trafford in his younger years, however this renowned move of a lifetime to the Red Devils brings with it a whole world of expectations, enough to drag a person hell-bound to the devils themselves. A succession of injuries and lacklustre performances drove Saha join Everton on a free in 2008, with the Frenchman looking to ressurect his stagnating career.

Since his switch to the blue half of Merseyside (or blue three quarters of Merseyside if one is to be precise) he has hardly set Goodison on fire. Admittedly his powerful efforts on goal are second to none on his day, his heading as well is a fantastic attribute of his. However it seems as though age has finally caught up with the old Roy of the Rovers, and his game is fading away slightly.

A shadow of the player he was, his enthusiastic closing down is now non existent, and his usually well received work-rate has diminished. I feel he has been given more than the required number of chances to prove this hypothesis wrong now, and the forever expectant Goodion faithful is starting to lose patience.

I attended the game against Swansea and witnessed a very comfortable performance from the blues, most notably the build up to an attacking move once again proving to be Everton’s stronger trait. However it was the same old story in the strikers department as once again Louis Saha lead a lacklustre line. Quality service yet again in the form of Royston Drenthe and Magaye Guyue was not met as Saha’s dying hunger evaporated.On loan Denis Stracqualursi was thrown into the mix late on with Saha retreating, however the gaping goalscoring hole is yet to be addressed.

The rather obvious lack of finance requires Everton’s youth academy graduates to step up to the plate, and thus far this has been the case. The potential and enthusiasm shown by young strikers Apostolos Vellios and Connor McAleny has shown their is still yet promise in the attacking ranks. Nevertheless this promise is not a long term solution to be trading blows with the heavyweights of the league, The solution lies in one word, a word that I will not produce the rant in which it provokes when spoken … investment.

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