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Kone and Oviedo feature in U21s defeat

by | 14/09/2014  Comments (31)  jump
Everton's Under-21s lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea this afternoon but the match was positive with regard to returning duo Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo.

Jeremie Boga scored a brace for the visitors but there was good news for Kone and Oviedo who completed 80 and 90 minutes respectively to take another step towards making their returns to first-team action.

Everton U21s: Stanek; Jones, Galloway, Ledson, Pennington; Browning, Grant, Walsh; Kone (80 C Duffus), Williams (45' Byrne), Oviedo.
Subs not Used: Griffiths, Dowell.


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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 14/09/2014 at 21:54:30
Kone must be fit enough to play in the Carling Cup game at Swansea?
Sam Hoare
2 Posted 14/09/2014 at 22:05:33
Good stuff. Think we may see them sooner rather than later given the fixture congestion.
Mike Oates
3 Posted 14/09/2014 at 22:14:25
No Henen? Not even on subs bench?
Steve Chesters
4 Posted 14/09/2014 at 22:27:13
Kone is a huge waste of ٤m.
Paul Hewitt
5 Posted 14/09/2014 at 22:33:48
I find it hard to understand calling a player that who has a serious injury.
Craig Fletcher
6 Posted 14/09/2014 at 22:33:01
I’ll reserve judgment on that, Steve, until May next year. The lad has been injured for pretty much his entire Everton FC career to date. Kone could very well have a big say in how our season pans out.
Dave Williams
7 Posted 14/09/2014 at 23:13:13
Way too hasty to judge at this time – look what has happened to Nais given the chance of a decent run in the team in the right position.

Kone was a decent player at Wigan and Craig is spot-on – let's support him and see how he has done by the end of May.

Dick Fearon
8 Posted 14/09/2014 at 23:09:42
Good news about these lads; we may need them. I have had my two bob's worth of Kone criticism but that was mainly due to his age and spending so much on him with no chance of recuperation if things did not work out. His injury problem coming so soon on the heels of our experience with another old timer, Andy van der Drunk conjures up all kinds of misgivings.

I am resigned to giving him a few more months to show his worth. If he hasn't come good after that time we should get him off the books pronto.

Gavin Johnson
9 Posted 14/09/2014 at 23:26:36
Dick, Shandy was still only 25 when we bought him for ٠m in 2005, but I get the point you're making. He was always out with niggling injuries as well as being partial to the odd night out.

It'll be good to see what Kone does this season, and the the pressure's off him to a certain extent with Lukaku and Eto'o ahead if him. Like Craig said, it's hard to judge him until he's had a run in the team. I think the main bone of contention about his signing was his age and the lack of sell-on fee.

But to be fair the way transfer prices have rocketed this summer, ٤m won't look too bad if he grabs a few goals and assists.. I believe he's got that side to his game as well as being a goal scorer. It'll be good to see what Kone can do.

Jon Withey
11 Posted 15/09/2014 at 00:21:06
Good news, can we have Barkley, Pienaar and Eto'o back now please - decent squad.
Ant Dwyer
12 Posted 15/09/2014 at 00:41:14
Strange to see no Henen... also no George Green!!

Good to see some of the first team absentees making come backs too; good timing.

Tim Greeley
13 Posted 15/09/2014 at 03:22:57
Alright so we will take Jeremie Boga on loan next season, please! Thank you Chelski overlords. :)

I just friggin love Oviedo and can't wait for him to be back. He adds plenty of pace and guile and the whole team seems to love him and that pays off as the morale boosted last year when he was finally able to show his stuff.

Kone is a good player and as long as he comes back healthy he will help this team, no doubt about it. Kinda insane it's taken as long as it has... and I get if that pisses some fans off, but let's see what happens.

As a third option up top and also enough skill to play wide, I think he can prove some Wiganphobes wrong.

Fucking Wolfsburg Thursday!!! I can't wait. Sauerbraten and shit!

Peter Morris
14 Posted 15/09/2014 at 07:39:12
It might make supporters feel a bit better about the Kone purchase (and he may still have some small contribution to make), if we just put the McCarthy fee down to 㿀m and have done with it. I think we'd get that for him if he continues to progress over the next few years.
Phil Walling
15 Posted 15/09/2014 at 09:23:57
I've always understood from Pie Eaters that Kone's transfer fee was a backdoor way of Paying DW for releasing Martinez. If not, he was mighty expensive given his chequered career prior to joining Wigan.
Trevor Lynes
16 Posted 15/09/2014 at 10:50:14
Did any of you Evertonians see Kone make a monkey out of Heitinga at Goodison? Kone scored plenty of goals for Wigan and was a handful for any centre-back. He is nothing like Shandy as I do not believe he drinks.

Let's wait and see when he is fully fit. I will reserve judgement as it is no certainty that he and others will return well from their respective long term injuries.

Peter Bell
17 Posted 15/09/2014 at 11:43:09
WTF — last time I looked, this game was scheduled for 7pm on Monday?

I promised my son I would take him.

Richard Lyons
18 Posted 15/09/2014 at 12:07:47
That lineup suggests Oviedo was used as a winger rather than a left- back... Would that be right? If so, I could imagine him & Baines forging a good left wing partnership – what do you think?
Tony J Williams
19 Posted 15/09/2014 at 13:01:57
Does Kone count as two players, seeing as he is over 42?
Michael Penley
20 Posted 15/09/2014 at 13:05:07
Baines and Oviedo on the left could potentially be a very good combo. Don't think we can rely on Pienaar to be fit all season, and Baines definitely plays better with him there who knows how to link up with him.
Ian Glassey
21 Posted 15/09/2014 at 13:03:19
Love it Tony.
Harold Matthews
22 Posted 15/09/2014 at 13:15:30
You're probably right Phil. Martinez wanted to bring along several Wigan lads and Whelan got us to pay over the odds. There again, we did receive over the odds for Victor, Jella and Fellaini.

We seem to have assembled a very strong and skilful attacking force but early high balls are causing us trouble at the back and it will need to be sorted pronto. The Baggies couldn't put away their chances but others will.

Martin Farrington
23 Posted 15/09/2014 at 15:34:30
Hmmm, this bodes well for the clubs progress and future - NOT !!!
And exactly Ant [12].
James Elworthy
24 Posted 15/09/2014 at 15:36:52
Why are people obsessed with Henen playing? He will cost about 𧺬k if we buy him and if he was any good Monaco would’ve signed him and Anderlecht wouldnÂ’t be so keen to get rid.

A lot of people were obsessed with Vellios playing, he went on loan to Blackpool and couldnÂ’t get a game for a bad side like them.

Green is always injured; if you have to sacrifice a few younger players to play players like Kone and Oviedo and he was probably one of them, you can only put 11 on the pitch.

Steve Brown
25 Posted 15/09/2014 at 15:46:12
Surely Kone must be injured again by now if he played 80 minutes for the U21s.
Tony J Williams
26 Posted 15/09/2014 at 16:11:27
Nice comments re Oviedo from Rhino.

Despite it being his first 90 minutes in eight months, Oviedo's commitment to the cause was underlined when the Costa Rican international went sliding into a 50-50 with just a minute of the game remaining.

“It was tremendous for him to go in for that ball even if a few, myself included, were wincing a little bit on the side” admitted Unsworth. “But he came through it fantastically well and I've seen him afterwards and he said he's feeling good.

“It's brilliant to see Bryan back. His injury is in the past and now he's well on the road to recovery."

Brent Stephens
27 Posted 15/09/2014 at 16:24:03
Peter #17 - I'm equally pissed. All ready to go tonight, checked the KO time on OS y'day, only to find game was played y'day! Thanks, Everton.
Drew Shortis
28 Posted 15/09/2014 at 18:48:16
Great to see Oviedo playing again. I'm certain he will bounce back from this injury as he is clearly a very determined young man with a very positive mindset. Could be a big season for him with theextra European games.

I hope Kone can prove his worth. I thought he looked decent in his brief spell at the start of last season except for his woeful finishing. Granted that is what strikers are judged on, but if he can bag a goal or two (even a tap in) his confidence will be boosted and he will sort that side of his game out. He will have to grab any opportunity he gets as he is now third choice behind Rom and Eto'o.

Mike Chambers
29 Posted 16/09/2014 at 20:00:18
Good to see them both on track.
Danny Kewley
30 Posted 18/09/2014 at 11:01:05
My son reckons Kone is a really good player, so when he is fully fit and fingers crossed, stays free of injury, he will be a cracking addition to the squad!

Oviedo of course is a proven talent at Everton and will boost the morale of everyone on his return. COYToffeeees!

Clive Rogers
31 Posted 20/09/2014 at 16:09:35
The problem with Kone is that he is 31 in November and it is difficult for players of that age, particularly strikers, to get over serious injury.
Jackie Barry
32 Posted 20/09/2014 at 16:22:28
It took me 9 months to get over a serious knee injury, constant physio and that was so I could just run on it, unfortunately for me it didn't work and I am now awaiting further surgery. Anyway I think he will be just fine 31 is hardly old and lots of players have come back. Lukaku, Eto'o and Kone means we will be just fine in attack.

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