2005-06 starting XI aginst Villarreal:
- Martyn (Past his best by then)
- Hibbert (First Euro game)
- Pistone (Rubbish)
- Weir (Past his best)
- Yobo (Still making mistakes back then)
- Cahill (First Euro game)
- Arteta (Great player)
- Neville (Everton debut, signed just 5 days before the game)
- Davies (Rubbish)
- Kilbane (Rubbish)
- Beattie (Rubbish)
- Howard (Great goalie, experienced in Europe from his Man Utd days)
- Jagielka (Unknown but was always dependable for Sheff Utd and didn't look out of his depth at the recent England B game)
- Lescott (Euro debut but class, nothing seems to faze him)
- Yobo (No more mistakes from Mr Consistent)
- Neville (Captain, experienced)
- Cahill (Far more experienced with World Cup and Asian Cup goals)
- Arteta (Has got better and better)
- Carsley (Injured whole 05-06 season; badly missed)
- Osman (Weakest link but could be Richardson by then)
- Johnson (Class, England International)
- Vaughan (Exciting)
And this is just Uefa Cup game, not a difficult Champions League clash against semi-finalists Villarreal, who incidently beat Inter, Rangers and Man Utd that year.
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1 Posted 12/07/2007 at 03:18:07
2 Posted 12/07/2007 at 04:56:01
The 1st line up is, really, quite average. It?s no wonder Villarreal gave us a touch up.
Makes you wonder how the hell we pulled a 4th a couple of seasons back, doesn?t it.
3 Posted 12/07/2007 at 07:32:00
It is almost like comparing Rooney and Owen, and we have AJ who could do all the toe poking!
Having said that, I think Vaughan has more of a gift than AJ. His finishing is superior, he is stronger in the air and can hold off defenders better. I would like to see Anichebe and Vaughan develop into our first team strikers this season and sign extra long contracts!
4 Posted 12/07/2007 at 09:11:15
Both players should be great next season, either taking turns starting or making an impact from the bench.
Last time in Europe we had Marcus Bent/Big Dunc on the bench, enough said really.
5 Posted 12/07/2007 at 09:13:49
6 Posted 12/07/2007 at 09:38:05
JAGIELKA YOBO LESCOTT VALENTE CARSLEY NEVILLE
This is what i think is our best team at the moment others might come, i love Vaughny but i?m not sure if he?s ready for Europe. Beatie might have a descent season this year he?s proven to us that he can play and apparently he?s been great at training, maybe VDM might have a descent year he?s said it alot and i don?t think that Moyesy will sell him, on our website he?s said it and the plyers have faith in him so who knows what can happen, plus he?s played with Inter . Beatie is still a class player that needs more time to find his golden form again, and VDM knows he?s on his last opportunity so they might actually prove alot of supporters wrong this season, good luck boys!!
7 Posted 12/07/2007 at 10:47:30
Certainly the talent is there and he could prove useful in a Euro game. It depends on Neville really, if Moyes feels the need to play defensively then Phil is needed holding in midfield with Carsley, that would open up Valente for left-back.
If Moyes prefers to go with a more attacking midfield with only Carsley holding behind Arteta, Cahill & Osman then you would expect Neville to drop to left back.
Either way there are options which we probably didn’t have in 05/06.
8 Posted 12/07/2007 at 10:48:31
At the end of the day, don’t we need a little more (or some) style and creativity - other than Mikky?
9 Posted 12/07/2007 at 10:47:24
This seasons team has a better chance of progress in a weaker competition but we do need to be concerned about cover for Yobo. He is likely to be away for 4-6 weeks at African Nations Cup(and could come back knackered/injured). Assuming that left back remains a problem area, as it has for several years, its likely that Lescott will be doing duty there at some time during the season and that will leave us with very little defensive cover.
I know its fun looking at the possible transfer of hot shot strikers and midfield magicians like Deco/Riquelme etc but we really need to look at defensive cover as a priority
10 Posted 12/07/2007 at 11:12:33
In fairness Moyes has done a good job at gradually weeding out weaker players and replacing them with better ones; we’re definitely on the right track when u think of the number of internationals we have in the current XI in comparison to ’05/’06.
If we got Smith and Baines that’d be two more improvements (Baines would be gr8 as a dedicated LB) - wouldn’t we then be the side with the most England internationals (albeit some are U21/B players at the moment)?
Just pray for a nice easy first UEFA cup draw, there are some good teams in there and our luck in this area hasn’t been the best...
11 Posted 12/07/2007 at 12:12:56
It really does make me sick seeing Carsley and Neville in the centre of midfield. I would even be dissapointed seeing Cahill and Carsley/Neville. All three of these midfielders are limited. While they all do there job well in terms of goals from midfield and protecting the back four they cant pass.
I think the arrival of Fernandes really improved our play last season even more than Arteta. People may say they were similar but in truth they where completely different players. Both skillful, passing players but in a different mould. Fernandes was someone who could keep hold of the ball and dictate whereas Arteta is a ball player who likes to run at people this is why in my opinion he is more suited out on the wing. Fernandes was better at keeping te ball because of his superiour upper body strength compared to Arteta.
So yes while we have improved I would like to see a few more signings. We need a midfield in the Fernandes mould, backup left back and a left winger.
12 Posted 12/07/2007 at 12:58:19
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