No-one likes a person who says, I told you so, least of all us. But there is an element of that following Theo Walcott’s injury. He incurred it playing for England against Switzerland. In good form for Arsenal he now looks like spending a couple of weeks out of the game. This is a shame as he was in fine fantasy football form and was starting to score goals on a regular basis.
Speaking of form, it was good to see Wayne Rooney score last night. Obviously he has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons and there is no doubt that this kind of cloud hanging over your head can affect your confidence and your performance. But Rooney played well, scored the opening goal and Manchester United fans will be hopeful that Rooney can bring this against Everton. This game is clearly an important one for Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson will be wanting Rooney to break out of the malaise he seems to have been in.
For Everton, they will equally be as desperate to do well. No-one is going to be overly critical of them if they lose but with just one point after three games they can’t afford too many more lackluster performances. Their defence has been shoddy and Phil Jagielka needs to display some of the football that saw him selected for England.
The likes of Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta and Marouane Fellaini need to get things going in the middle of the park and Louis Saha needs to score goals while Ayegbeni Yakubu needs to get fit and back on the park. Everton players always provide good fantasy football players, but thus far, they have been slow to show it. Collectively, Everton players have amassed 74 fantasy points in the first three weeks of the season, while Chelsea players have managed 230. That is what happened when you score 14 goals to 1 and don’t concede a single one. Everton hasn’t recorded a single assist for the season. Still the good thing about all this is that the only way is up!