So not long to go now, a fortnight if my calendar is correct – I know this is some people's pet hate on here but come on, what would be your starting line-up against Leicester City?
My line-up is under the assumption Atsu has signed... (After all part of the deal it appears is that he plays as much as he can in the Premier League!!!):
Coleman Jagielka Stones Baines
Atsu Barry McCarthy Pienaar
Subs: Robles, Distin, Besic, Osman, Naismith.
All-in-all, it looks like being a very promising season. When everyone is fit, Christ only knows how you fit Oviedo, Gibson, Kone et al into it... but hey, that's the dilemma Everton have these days!!
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1 Posted 04/08/2014 at 16:08:30
Oh... wait a minute...
2 Posted 04/08/2014 at 16:09:52
3 Posted 04/08/2014 at 16:12:43
5 Posted 04/08/2014 at 16:18:09
6 Posted 04/08/2014 at 16:20:41
Coleman Stones Distin Baines
Mirallas Barkley Pienaar
Hard to leave Naismith out. He could be in instead of Pienaar and interchange with Barkley.
7 Posted 04/08/2014 at 16:21:00
Coleman Stones Distin Baines
McCarthy Besic Barry
8 Posted 04/08/2014 at 16:30:42
9 Posted 04/08/2014 at 16:29:16
We have a great starting 11 and 2-3 good players to introduce, but I am worrying about our lack of depth. I still think we need another 3 quality signings to sniff around the stay in the top 6, have a good go at the EL and get far in the domestic cups.
11 Posted 04/08/2014 at 16:40:22
13 Posted 04/08/2014 at 16:40:18
I'm made up that Lukaku and Barkley have signed and I think McCarthy, Coleman, Mirallas & Baines are great players but looking at these line ups were still a mile off City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Hopefully Besic and Atsu (?) will make a difference otherwise that's the same team that almost made top 4 last season up against stronger teams this year.
we need to upgrade on Pienaar and quite soon on Barry, I.M.O.
14 Posted 04/08/2014 at 16:46:51
That will be the side,if nobody is sold.
16 Posted 04/08/2014 at 16:57:43
I think it's good bet. I hope nobody is sold, but you never know! Besic reminds me a little bit of M Fernandes.
18 Posted 04/08/2014 at 17:25:48
Osman, too (sorry Mocky), is on his last legs with us. I replayed the 1st half of yesterday earlier and the commentator said his name 5 times, twice to remind us that it was his testimonial. Nice guy, great servant, glad he enjoyed his deserved day yesterday, but Â…Â…. Yep, the only one to play in every game last season and quite frankly I donÂt get it.
So, back to the foxes and the urban dump that is Leicester (although if sticking around after the match make sure to grab a curry on the golden mile - Belgrave Road, yummy).
Coleman Jagielka Stones Baines
Atsu Barry McCarthy Mirallas,
Subs: Robles, Distin, Besic, Osman, Naismith, Pienaar, Garbutt
This team reminds me of how good we can be if everyone stays fit - no chance - but my oh my we need to buy at least two more who could walk into the team for competition, for Europe, and for peace of mind.
A creative midfield player and another striker.
Besic can play at the back right and that versatility will be highly useful. If Atsu is not with us next week, nor anyone else, I would be more than happy, on the basis of what I saw yesterday (and later on today when I re-runt he 2nd half) - that little 3 minute or so clip on the other thread fills me with hope - to see him start on the 16th.
P.S. I have a horrid sensation dip in the pit of my stomach that both Osman and Pienaar will start at he Walker.
19 Posted 04/08/2014 at 18:04:18
20 Posted 04/08/2014 at 18:24:57
Coleman Jagielka Distin Baines
McCarthy Besic Barry
Mirallas Lukaku Barkley
SUBS: Robles, Stones, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, McGeady, Naismith
Not Used: Hibbert, Alcaraz, Duffy, Garbutt, Oviedo, Kone
21 Posted 04/08/2014 at 18:13:18
Howard Coleman Jagielka Baines
Barry McCarthy Besic
Which leaves just three places we could - and will argue about all night.
Stones, Distin may play alternate games in central defence.
In midfield, I don't see Barkley, Osman and Pienaar as automatic picks - for differing reasons I may say - and further forward both Mirallas and Naismith may also have to suffer the dreaded rotation.
I haven't forgotten McGready. who as an attacking wide player may have to compete with the last newcomer Bobby is promising us.
All the others will have to make do with Thursday night action after Robles punches us out of the League Cup !
22 Posted 04/08/2014 at 18:51:49
Away from home; first game of the season he'll play it safe and won't be much different from last seasons first eleven.
23 Posted 04/08/2014 at 19:02:30
24 Posted 04/08/2014 at 19:08:52
Can you think of any more?
25 Posted 04/08/2014 at 19:13:32
He puts the shits up every defence he plays behind but if you really think he's a good 'un, you are well entitled to that opinion .
27 Posted 04/08/2014 at 19:13:16
Two of the main fundamentals of being a keeper are catching and kicking a ball. In my opinion he can do neither. Think you will find a lot on here agree with me.
28 Posted 04/08/2014 at 19:18:46
And Phil, Bobby never said anything about a "last" newcomer.
29 Posted 04/08/2014 at 19:31:28
I am going to leave it to him to get the line ups right and get us off to a good start.
It was hard to comment on the relative strengths and abilities of each team as both coaches had differing agendas. Porto are further forward with match planning than we are as they have a champions league qualifier coming up so the reality is the game was for us to champion Ossie whilst the coaches pondered the success of their preparations for the upcoming season so far.
Both will ultimately be judged on it.
30 Posted 04/08/2014 at 20:09:23
31 Posted 04/08/2014 at 20:16:50
32 Posted 04/08/2014 at 20:24:08
34 Posted 04/08/2014 at 20:30:19
DonÂt understand why some people think we look unexciting - weÂve never looked so good in a long long time!! These folks were obviously hibernating in the 90Âs.
35 Posted 04/08/2014 at 20:39:57
36 Posted 04/08/2014 at 20:31:52
Whether Barkley would be effective on the left wing is another matter. I'm glad Martinez is looking at Atsu(who I suspect will eventually join, regardless of what the rags say) and players like him. A fast left footer would really provide some balance to our team.
I remember back to when Donovan came and gave us a threat on our right flank as an alternative to the baines/Pienaar axis. Our results improved immeasurably I think in part because we had a threat from multiple angles. A decent fast left winger would complement Mirallas and give us a hugely potent front 4.
37 Posted 04/08/2014 at 20:34:06
38 Posted 04/08/2014 at 20:46:01
I think he will be a bit more conservative and go with Pienaar and leave Besic for now, but how conservative can 3 defensive midfielders be, although Besic looks very creative.
39 Posted 04/08/2014 at 20:47:48
MIrallas too needs to have a break out year. Exceptionally important player for us this season as his talent is definitely there. Hopefully with a year under RM, it’ll allow for some maturation...
40 Posted 04/08/2014 at 20:21:13
There are a lot of tactical possibilities, however, because we have different styles of players that can play in the same (or similar) position. In the 4-2-3-1 above, you could substitute Ossie for Barkley, and create a different dynamic. Similarly, you could sub McGeady for Pienaar (and switch Mirallas, if you want) if you wanted to increase the pace on the field. Or, you could move to the 4-3-3, include Naismith as a false nine, and push Mirallas and Lukaku wider. He could, at some point, even go with three central defenders, using Coleman and Baines as wingbacks:
I think that has me excited as a fan more than anything -- seeing how Roberto uses his players each week. We're just not going to line up in a simple 4-5-1 each week and plug away. I think we'll feature multiple formations based on what Bobbie thinks will work best that week (and the way players are performing).
41 Posted 04/08/2014 at 21:09:18
42 Posted 04/08/2014 at 21:23:42
Who is Martinez gonna play:
Coleman Jagielka Distin Baines
Mirallas McCarthy Barry Pienaar
In a 4-4-1-1 formation.
43 Posted 04/08/2014 at 21:23:22
For that reason I think the back 5 will be unchanged from last year - cannot see RM choosing Stones over the experience of either Jags or Distin. Barry, McCarthy, Lukaku, Mirallas and Barkley are nailed on to start if fully fit so that really only leaves 1 place open to discussion imo. Again from an experience perspective, it'll be either Ossie or Pienaar - will go for Pienaar as he's a better player than Ossie imo.
Coleman, Jags, Distin, Baines
Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar
I would probably choose the same tbo given its an away game, our bench will be pretty strong although won't have much pace to it. Besic will likely be eased in with a couple of sub appearances.
Hopefully we can get off to a great start and score the first goal of the game early so we don't have to chase the game at any point.
Leceister 0 - 3 Everton (Lukaku, Coleman, Barkley)
May be getting ahead of myself:-)
44 Posted 04/08/2014 at 21:39:39
Yes there are some players coming back from injury but after a season out the only one I would believe will come back good is Oviado.
Gibson seems injury prone and getting older and Kone has to prove he was not just a 1 season wonder.
45 Posted 04/08/2014 at 21:55:15
The likes of Stones, Besic, Oviedo, Kone etc will keep the first teamers on their toes and also provide cover for injuries, bookings, tiredness, loss of form etc as the season goes on.
The transfer window is also still open for almost another month so we may get another 2-3 players in.
Keep the faith - we didn't need a complete overhaul of the first XI.
46 Posted 04/08/2014 at 21:58:14
Spot on, mate.
47 Posted 04/08/2014 at 22:02:41
Stones could fill either of the central spots and I think Bobby will start with Pienaar and Gibson.
48 Posted 05/08/2014 at 03:36:14
Stones has to start and play as much as possible. The kid is gold.
The Barry - McCarthy - Besic axis would be fucking beautiful.
Lord we are gonna be fun to watch. Thank you God, and thank you to OFM for pissing off down the road.
Exciting stuff this season.
49 Posted 05/08/2014 at 03:50:57
50 Posted 05/08/2014 at 10:52:12
I then had a horrible flash back to 17 August 1985. First game of the season away to Leicester City. EFC had just bought Gary Lineker from Leicester to give added spice to the fixture. We were Champions of course and Leicester had bought no-one in close season so we went to the old Filbert Street expecting the Blues to win easily and Linker to bag a debut hat-trick.
You've guessed it Â– score was Leicester 3 EFC 1 and the reserve Leicester CF scored 2. His name was Mark Bright... what ever happened to him? Degsy scored for us.
Lightning doesn't strike twice.... does it ?
51 Posted 05/08/2014 at 12:39:48
Gerry Quinn #49
Is Jack Barmby good? Championship good? YouTube good? Playing for England good? FIFA 2014 good? And the solid question now Â– Premier League good?
Wasn't quite sure what to think other than who gives fuck, we have got far better players.
52 Posted 05/08/2014 at 13:30:47
If he does will he start or come on as sub?
The reason I'm asking is he's only just come to us post World Cup and I have a feeling he is not expected to be match fit for the first couple of games. How will Martinez introduce him?
The same question could also be asked of several other of our players returning from the WC. This is not just our issue, I read Wenger stating that he doesn't expect his WC players to be ready for a full 90 during the first few games.
Taking this into account would that change anyone's predicted line up? I think the most likely starters are Coleman, Stones, Distin, McCarthy, McGeady, Barry, Osman, Pienaar and Naismith purely down to their lack of WC. That would leave a decision between Robles/Howard in goal and Baines/Garbutt as Left Back.
It's not what I would pick, just what I would expect to see starting with some of the WC players starting and being replaced with others.
53 Posted 05/08/2014 at 13:56:37
54 Posted 05/08/2014 at 14:08:56
Roberto likes Ossie and he will be in there too.
55 Posted 05/08/2014 at 14:23:46
The likes of Rooney, Gerrard, Hart and Sterling seem to have been back in action for yonx but as you keep on telling me... Roberto knows best!
56 Posted 05/08/2014 at 18:49:08
Coleman Jags Stones Baines
Mirallas Barkley McGeady
57 Posted 05/08/2014 at 19:00:40
Stones Jagielka Distin
58 Posted 06/08/2014 at 05:50:47
I don’t want Pienaar or osman or naismith near our starting XI (I can live with Leicester but none after that) ... We go through this every year and every year it gets more obvious that we need better, more athletic, more explosive players starting from the off. Again ill give it a pass for the first game but surely RM has to know this by now
59 Posted 06/08/2014 at 08:54:34
My team would be: Howard
Coleman Jags Distain Baines
Besic McCarthy McGeady Barkley
Besic seems to have a great range of passing and having Mirallas, Coleman and McGeady available to run on to passes or to be available out wide would be vital. I think Leicester may park the bus, given as it's their first PL game and they are away from home.
I think they will tire as the game goes on and Naismith coming on as a sub in the second half will give us the extra chance to score He has scored previously when coming on as the opposition tires.
62 Posted 07/08/2014 at 07:50:26
Two of the three would do me and Mirallas is a must for me. He was greedy as fuck early season but Roberto seemed to sort that out toward the end of the season, fortunately.
I’d shoot for:
Coleman Distin Jagielka Baines
63 Posted 07/08/2014 at 12:18:36
64 Posted 07/08/2014 at 12:57:34
65 Posted 07/08/2014 at 13:31:17
I prefer to look at things from the glass from a half full perspective I would hope that both Mirallas and Lukaku will start against Leicester - and maybe be withdrawn at 60 minutes........
I think Leicester will be tough as they will be motivated as back in the Premiership etc.
66 Posted 07/08/2014 at 21:35:15
Coleman Jags Distin Baines
Besic McCarthy Barkley
McGeady Lukaku Mirallas
Subs: Robles, Browning, Stones, Barry, Osman, Pienaar, Naismith
Honestly, I just can't believe how good Besic is. When you really think about his game, what can Barry or McCarthy do that he can't? He's the most athletic of the 3. He's the best long range passer (Averaged NINE accurate long balls per game in the World Cup). He's easily the best dribbler. He is as aggressive in the tackle and makes quite a few interceptions. I'm giddy about his potential really. Although he'll likely be eased into the team because he's young and hasn't played in the prem before, this is our most explosive lineup in my opinion, and the one I'm most excited to see long term this season.
67 Posted 07/08/2014 at 22:26:15
68 Posted 07/08/2014 at 22:44:45
Any ones guess who'll start, Howard, Coleman(fit?) Baines, Distin, Jags? Ossie! McCarthy, Barry,
Actually I give up, I've no idea.
Our best team - Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jags, Distin, Barry, McCarthy, Barkley, Pienaar, Lukaku, Mirallas.
Besic to replace Barry, McGeady for Pienaar at half time.
69 Posted 08/08/2014 at 23:35:34
70 Posted 10/08/2014 at 11:03:25
Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines;
Atsu, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas;
I think this team gives us the extra pace needed.
From some of the other threads, Atsu will be a sub (if signed) and Coleman may not be risked. Lukaku and Mirallas may be a game to early. If this is the case, then my 2nd team selection is:
Stones, Jagielka, Distin, Baines;
McGeady, McCarthy, Barry, Besic;
The attack doesnÂt fill me with excitement, though.
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