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With the news that Everton have gone to Holland without regular first teamers Howard, Baines, Stubbs, Yobo, Osman, Arteta, Cahill and Yakubu, which of the younger lads are we likely to see coming as replacements?

We know all about Anichebe and Vaughan, but hopefully we'll get to see a couple of new prospects in first-team action tomorrow. We're particularly short at centre-half and it would be great to see Jack Rodwell on the bench as backup to Jagielka and Lescott. We're also lacking bodies in the middle of the park so maybe we'll get the chance to see a bit more of Vidarsson? Elsewhere experience in the form of Gravesen, McFadden, AJ, Hibbo etc will no doubt fill the gaps but I hope there will be a place on the bench for the likes of JP Kissock, Jutkiewicz and Boyle.
Mark Stone, Newcastle Upon Tyne     Posted 19/12/2007 at 13:32:28

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Michael Kenrick
With seven subs to be named, I can't see many being left out...
Santosh Benjamin
1   Posted 19/12/2007 at 17:28:37

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Really glad that a lot of the lads who have performed well in the reserves have been included in the squad.
I hope that we can try out some of the midfield and defensive talent of the future.Up front,I would like to see AJ start with Vic...and Vaughny coming on as a sub...COYB
James Elworthy
2   Posted 19/12/2007 at 17:47:11

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My team is from this squad
Wessels
Hibbert Jagielka Lescott Valente
(capt)
Pienaar Gravesen Carsley McFadden

Johnson Anichebe
Subs
Vaughan, Ruddy, Boyle, Rodwell, Kissock, Irving, Viddarson

Vaughan will definitely see some action and then 2 of the youngsters will hopefully get a game, I am betting Viddarson and Kissock unless Valente gets injured then it will be Boyle.
I dont know much about Irving.
Seamus Murphy
3   Posted 19/12/2007 at 17:51:46

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Boyle, Kissosk, Irving, Rodwell,Vidarsson and Jutkiewitz are all in the squad
James Elworthy
4   Posted 19/12/2007 at 17:52:34

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Sorry Justiewicz was not mentioned he may get on bench instead of Irving
James Elworthy
5   Posted 19/12/2007 at 18:04:44

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i did put Lescott as capt but it appeared under Hibbert
Andy Cooper
6   Posted 19/12/2007 at 18:06:50

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Anyone know why Kieron Aggard Isnt in the squad seen a bit of him he seems head and shoulders above Vidarsson
Rob Heaton
7   Posted 19/12/2007 at 18:11:46

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Moyes claims some should start so I would expect maybe Vidarsson and maybe boyle to get a start
Richard Porter
8   Posted 19/12/2007 at 18:43:28

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Andy, Agard’s a striker, or at least that’s where he’s played when I’ve seen him, so a comparison to Vidarsson (a midfielder) seems futile.
David Barks
9   Posted 19/12/2007 at 18:43:02

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I’m so relieved to see so many first team players left home for this match. Arteta, Cahill, Yakubu, Yobo will all be healthy for the game at the weekend. But I still think we could win this match with the side we have brought along. A lot of these players will be looking to prove themselves to Moyes, which can only be a positive. And it gives us an idea of who could fill in and get a result for the FA Cup game against Oldham, allowing us to again rest a few of our main players in the middle of a busy time period.
Rob Jones
10   Posted 19/12/2007 at 19:04:12

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Delighted to see the youngsters in the squad, in particular Rodwell; however, I am kinda worried that if we lose we could lose momentum... let's hope not.
James Elworthy
11   Posted 19/12/2007 at 19:07:47

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Agard is a striker and as Richard Porter says Viddarson is a midfield, we are light on midfielders but heavy on strikers.
I thought Da Silva’s latest loan period ran out last Saturday has it been extended as he could of been in the squad otherwise.
Jeremy Baskin
12   Posted 19/12/2007 at 19:05:18

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Cant see us winning the game with a weakened side - they were top seeds and a have a class manager. Keeping our unbeaten run going with a draw is the best we can hope for I think.

They need the win to guarantee qualification.
Chris Canning
13   Posted 19/12/2007 at 20:02:18

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Andy, the reason why Agard isn’t included is because you have to register 30 players for the competition before the games get underway (not sure of the exact date) Agard wasn’t included in this orignal batch whilst Irving. Rodwell etc were; see this link ; http://www.uefa.com/footballeurope/club=52281/competition=14/index.html
Blake Dutton
14   Posted 19/12/2007 at 22:01:01

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It’s not 30 players, It’s 25 on the "A" list & unlimited on the "B" list.

To be on the "B" list you have to be young enough, but have been here 2 years. I don’t think Agard would qualify this season.
James Elworthy
15   Posted 19/12/2007 at 22:26:02

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Which explains why Jutekiewicz is on the A list as he is new.
Alex Kevorkian
16   Posted 19/12/2007 at 23:49:18

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Jermemy B: "Keeping our unbeaten run going with a draw is the best we can hope for I think".

I?m sure someone?s said this at some point in the last 4,5,6,7,8,9, and maybe 10 games!


Despite what people may think the Dutch league is shite.
Kieran Kinsella
17   Posted 20/12/2007 at 02:40:08

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I don’t think Vaughan should play for the simple reason that he always seems to get injured in meaningless games. I would love to see him play but he seems to be cursed to get injured in games that mean nothing.
Andy Callan
18   Posted 20/12/2007 at 07:39:23

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Shows lack of ambition takin’ all the kids. We should have taken a full team and stuffed them as well. We can then look forward to Sunday.

If professional footballers can’t play 2 games a week, then there is something goin’ on.
chris briddon
19   Posted 20/12/2007 at 09:08:50

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Andy, its not that they can’t, its that there is no need to.

Why disadvantage ourselves by flying out to Holland playing a game and then flying back to play at Old Trafford on Sunday - when Man Utd have had the week off.

If we can give a few players a break, then do it as they won’t get another one for a while due to the number of games to be played over Christmas and into January.

There is no need for Arteta, Cahill, Yobo etc to go to Holland as we don’t need to win it, rest them and have them in good shape to play on Saturday and give us the best chance of winning the game that matters rather than wasting efforts on meaningless matches.
chris keightley
20   Posted 20/12/2007 at 09:18:35

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I have seen a lot of reserve team action and jp kissock excites me would love to see him on the pitch at some point, vidarsson is a good little player but this game is far to early for him in my opinion, rodwell is only 16 and will be up against dembele who if we are looking to purchase a player hes one to look out for, so on that basis i think hes there for experience of being around senior players, boyle may make the step up tonight to first team action having experiened a little on loan, tonight should be seen as a posistive for the future, remember we dont need to win, a draw would be a smahing result COYB
chris briddon
21   Posted 20/12/2007 at 09:47:28

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Boyle is expected to start, as Valente is injured apparently
James Elworthy
22   Posted 20/12/2007 at 12:46:55

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There may be a backlash from the Man Utd Christmas party with Fergie throwing a huge wobbler.
Hopefully our boys can take advantage of the disarray in the Utd camp on Sunday.
dave trudgeon
23   Posted 20/12/2007 at 12:34:06

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i am calling a 2-1 win for us tonight and a draw on sat
i can feel it in my water haha
ian tunny
24   Posted 20/12/2007 at 12:59:41

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Andy have you ever played football? Its not like playing on the school play ground at 10 years of age when you can play all day every day without suffering from fatigue, the players are playing at the highest level putting their bodies through enormous amounts of strain and can end up suffering from burn out and can reach the stage were its hard to motivate yourself when its big game after big game. players suffer not only from physical tiredness but mentally too. The players deserve a well earned rest.
Tony Williams
25   Posted 20/12/2007 at 13:21:49

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Andy, have you been on the Sherry early or something mate?

I actually thinks it shows a good side to Moyes, he is not arsed about this unbeaten run number, he is solely concerned about trying to get 3 points on Sunday, and for that I say thank fook.

I feel sorry for the fans who had already bought tickets before the St Petersberg game but why would any sane manager play a full side in an absolutely nothing game, we have won the group so what?s they point of giving the "bigger" players more chance to get injured or get worn out
Andy Ellams
26   Posted 20/12/2007 at 13:34:15

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It’s a fantastic achievement that we are even in a position to play these kids in a European tie. It’s not just fatigue to worry about either. Whilst Arteta, Cahill etc. are at home they are not picking up injuries, at least I should hope not.

I very much doubt whether our kids are at Arsenal’s level but they still deserve the chance to show what they can do.
James Elworthy
27   Posted 20/12/2007 at 19:10:45

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My team mentioned earlier SPOT ON I am going to apply for Irvine’s job
ian tunny
28   Posted 21/12/2007 at 10:45:06

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you right james, moyes must be taking notes from this site. you wernt completly right though. carsley was captain not hibbert haha, or lescott

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