Ahead of Saturday's match at Goodison Park, we speak to Toffees' fan Daniel from the Everton website St Domingo's. He gives his views on the game, Moyes, Martinez, the Baggies and much more. You can also find St Domingo's on Twitter at @StDomingos1878

Last season was another good one for Everton, finishing in 6th place, ahead of arch-rivals Liverpool, that must have been pretty pleasing?

Last season was a typical season under David Moyes, the team played an exciting brand of football, especially in the first half of the season but threw away too many points by conceeding late goals. Unfortunately we fell short of our two main targets, European football and finally ending a trophy drought which has lasted 18 years. It is always nice to finish ahead of the reds.

Highlight of last season?

The first two games of the season. We destroyed United in the opening match and then outclassed Villa in the second. We were 3-0 up at half time at Villa Park and I genuinly thought we had a team capable of challenging the top 4.

Low point of last season?

Most definitely the FA Cup quarter final defeat to Wigan. We were terrible from start to finish and got exactly what we deserved. It was even more frustrating to then see Wigan draw Millwall in the semi and go on to lift the cup.

Player of last season?

Leighton Baines without a shadow of doubt. The best left back in the Premier League, he performs each and every week. He created more chances than any other player in Europe last season and takes a mean free kick. He is also deadly from the penalty spot, calm as you like. With Manchester United offering just £12 million it makes most Evertonians sick. It really is an insulting amount and Moyes should know better.

Villain of last season?

I don't like to be too critical of individuals, but a few of our international players fell below their high standards. Jelavic dried up in front of goal, but looks back on form in pre-season and Johnny Heitinga went from Player of the Year to boo boy in less than 6 months.

Did David Moyes leave with the best wishes of Everton fans considering where he has ended up?

Just about every Evertonian sent Moyesie off with their best wishes. The scenes on the final home day of the season will live long in the memory. Very emotional and truly deserved for a very dedicated Blue. Unfortunately that relationship has already soured and I would expect a frosty reception when he returns. His derisory offers for Baines and Fellaini have upset everyone from the Boardroom to the terraces. I think in the long term he will be remembered affectionately but it is hard to love anyone while they are manager of Manchester United.

Were you happy with the choice of the club’s new manager and the big question… can Roberto Martinez replicate Moyes’ success?

I was delighted. For me there was only ever two names in contention, Martinez and Vitor Peirrera who was with Porto at the time. Peirrera would have been a huge gamble and having been fortunate to have met Martinez for a very brief 5 minutes I can understand how Bill Kenwright was convinced to make the appointment. He oozes charisma and knows football inside out. He is incredibly positive and in a short space of time has transformed us into a good footballing side.

What have the club’s transfer dealings been like this summer and are you happy with them?

Happy up to now. If we can fend off interest in players and add a couple more loan signings I would be delighted. Kone gives us options up front, Alcaraz depth at the back (if he is ever fit), Joel had an excellent second half of last season at Wigan and will provide genuine competition for Tim Howard. The most exciting of all is Gerard Deulofeu who has signed on loan from Barcelona. He is just 19 years old but is highly rated and expected to star for Barcelona and Spain for years to come. We have only seen a glimpse so far but he has blistering pace and a good eye for goal.

How did the club perform in pre-season?

We had a good pre-season with mixed results. The level of opposition was exceptionally high, but we acquitted ourselves well, especially when you consider the players were developing a new playing style. Wins over Juventus, Real Betis, Blackburn and Accrington were offset with narrow defeats to Real Madrid, Valencia and Austria Vienna.

Player to watch this season?

The cat is already out of the bag on this one. At 19, Ross Barkley is ready to take the Premier League by storm and he produced a man of the match performance on the opening day at Norwich. He has matured from the 17 year old given his debut by Moyes, but in Martinez he has a manager who trusts him 100% and is playing him in his favoured position at the peak of a midfield triangle.

Prediction for Everton’s season?

Sixth again and hopefully a stab at the cups.

Prediction for Albion’s season?

Top 10. You have become an established Premier League side but at the moment I am struggling to see where the goals will come from now that Lukaku has returned to Chelsea.

Premier League Champions?

Chelsea, no stopping Jose.


Palace, Hull and one other from a host of teams.

Prediction for Saturday’s game?

I think Everton will win but it will be a close game. I would go 2-1 with the Martinez factor playing a Huge part. Goodison is a difficult place to play and I would expect an electric atmosphere, especially if Everton score early.


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