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Is Phil Jagielka Finished?
by Ed Bottomley

Two England players walk into a scandal. 

The spotlight, understandably, is on the superstar. He’s the Man Utd player, the one who always grabs headlines – both front and back. The one who isn’t a guaranteed starter for club or country anymore… The one who’s past it, fat, overweight… And England’s top scorer.

But I want to focus on the other wedding crasher – Phil Jagielka. 

Some at Goodison are saying that he’s finished too…

The tweet about Jagielka and penalties is startling. Three penalties conceded this season, the obvious implication being that as he slows down he’s having to resort to more and more desperate defensive tactics. His  sloppy scrambling performances against Chelsea (getting skinned by Diego Costa), City, Burnley, and yesterday have been noticed by almost everyone. 

But is any of this his fault?

After 274 games for Everton and 40 for England, captaining both, playing for almost a decade for us, being coveted by Wenger, and consistently solid for us – to see him slow down is a sad thing… We shouldn’t be laughing at him. Joking about how slow he is. 

We’re not the press. We don’t get to be twofaced fools, patting him on the back with an open palm, and then hitting him with a clenched fist. Phil’s 34. He’s growing old. He’s been a great player for us. It’s sad to see him decline, not funny. And it certainly shouldn’t be a source of anger. It’s strange to see Jags flapping around on the floor, flailing and stretching in desperate last gap tackles, getting overtaken by attackers as they both go for the ball.

Not funny – strange.

And sad.



Written by Ed Bottomley

Everton fan exiled in Michigan. Duncan Ferguson obsessive, history buff, optimist. Follow me on Twitter @Dixies60


Phil has been great for us. A credit to himself and the club. We owe him a lot.

I reckon he scored the greatest derby game goal of all. In the last minute. In the Kop goal. It was worth it to see all those faces looking like gobsmacked owls in a tree.

But time has caught up with him like it does for every player.

I hope he retires at top level and doesn’t slide down the leagues.

by Phil Williams on Nov 20, 2016 at 8:58 pm

Everton as a club have been to nice for to long. Howard,Osman, hibbert etc … All kept on by the club for far to long after there best seasons were behind them. Players should be like cars and traded in before there age related decline,with happy memories and a fond farewell. They shouldn’t be driven into the ground,leaving us with only bitter recent disappointments forever clouding are final memories of what was once a trusted and loved part of the family.

by Dylan on Nov 20, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Good point Dylan!

    by Ed Bottomley on Nov 21, 2016 at 8:14 pm

A great player and wonderful captain, he has served Everton well and true, but the time has come as it comes to all, for him to face that he is no longer up to playing at this level.

by Gareth Tarplee on Nov 21, 2016 at 1:05 am

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