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Oviedo gets U21s run-out

by | 31/10/2014  Comments (32)  jump
Bryan Oviedo got another chance to build his fitness this evening when he played an hour of Everton's U21s' 3-1 defeat at Manchester City.

The Costa Rican has made two appearances for the senior side this season after recovering from the double leg-break he suffered in January but has not been deemed fit enough to make a full-time return to the first team.

Oviedo was joined in the starting XI by Chris Long, Matthew Pennington and David Henen, the goalscorers against Norwich last time out, but it was recent loan returnee, Hallam Hope, who scored the Blues' consolation goal late on.

Everton: Stanek, Connolly, Oviedo (Charsley 60'), Ledson, Pennington, Galloway, Kenny (C), Grant, Hope, Long, Henen (Williams 46')

Subs: Hewelt, Walsh, Dyson  

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Alexander Sterpikov
1 Posted 31/10/2014 at 18:45:28
Phill Thompson
2 Posted 31/10/2014 at 18:52:30
Interesting. According to the OS Connolly was likely to feature in the U18s derby game. As he's a left back presumably Brian will be DF MF with Ledson with Kenny in defence. Nice move making him captain at 17, underlines his potential. I wish some of the attacking MF and the likes if Long and Hope would push on to fringe first team. We seem to be developing some "phenomenal" talent in the back 6 positions; less so upfront, though Long is improving all the time.
Mike Childs
3 Posted 31/10/2014 at 18:57:10
Good luck, Bryan, please come back to the senior team healthy. So much promise shown in such little time. We need him back in the squad.
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 31/10/2014 at 19:53:44
Phill Thompson(2). I was just thinking that about Kenny being captain; they must have a lot of faith in him, especially as Ledson is in the team and he was captain of the England U17 team last season with Kenny in the team.
Mike Oates
5 Posted 31/10/2014 at 20:01:32
Any idea what's happened to George Green?
Michael Kenrick
6 Posted 31/10/2014 at 20:04:06
Mike, George Green has sustained a back injury that may be taking time to heal.
Paul Hewitt
7 Posted 31/10/2014 at 20:12:23
No Kone... what's going on with this guy?
Mark Frere
8 Posted 31/10/2014 at 20:11:07
Good luck, Bryan. I would like to see Oviedo with a sustained run in the first team playing left midfield. He's got good pace, work-rate and can run at defenders. We are a bit short on quality out wide, so maybe Bryan can come in and do a job further forward, leaving Garbutt as the main cover for Baines?
Mark Frere
9 Posted 31/10/2014 at 20:23:31
I always thought Kenny was a right-back?
Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 31/10/2014 at 20:48:32
Kenny is versatile. I saw him play centre-back versus Norwich City in the Youth Cup the season before last. Hopefully he will come through and find a role that suits him.
John Crawley
11 Posted 31/10/2014 at 21:35:23
Kenny has mainly played centre half or right back when I've seen him. But what struck me watching him play at centre half was that he was wasted there and he doesn't really have the stature to play that position in the Premier League unless he grows quite a bit.

The lad has a great football brain, reads the game well and his passing was excellent. He looks like a future defensive midfielder to me but one things for sure I will be surprised if he doesn't play for the Everton first team.

Sam Hoare
12 Posted 31/10/2014 at 21:39:52
3-1 to City. Lateish consolation for Hope.

I thought Kone was meant to be playing.

Lyndon Lloyd
13 Posted 31/10/2014 at 21:53:10
I think Kone is being held back for a more sedate friendly at Finch Farm so they can bring him on slowly. Not surprising if he was still feeling pain in his knee as recently as 2-3 weeks ago.

My question is what's happened to Francisco Junior? He seems have disappeared since he returned from his loan spell in Norway.

Will Jones
14 Posted 31/10/2014 at 21:57:03
Kone should not be getting paid if not delivering! Shame really, good guy by all accounts, but what was the boss thinking?

Junior is the weak man's Osman, from what I hear.

Mike Childs
15 Posted 31/10/2014 at 22:00:56
How can a 30-year-old Kone play for an Under-21 side?
Kieran Riding
16 Posted 31/10/2014 at 22:06:01
Mike, he tried to join in with a game of Heads & Volleys in the car park, must've got dragged off...

He's finished.

Kieran Riding
17 Posted 31/10/2014 at 22:10:31
I apologise for the above post, it was supposed to say 'but he must have been dragged off'.

I'm waiting on a Chinese delivery here from a shop I haven't used for take away before, so tension is running a bit high.

Ray Roche
18 Posted 31/10/2014 at 22:34:41
Kone? This, on NewsNow.

Colin Glassar
19 Posted 31/10/2014 at 22:39:42
Kone was used as a ball boy. Apparently, he threw the ball back onto the pitch and did his back in. He is expected to return to full training in 2022.
Colin Glassar
20 Posted 31/10/2014 at 22:47:34
Just read it, Ray. So he's not back now till January? Reading between the lines, this fella is another Dean Ashton. I don't think we'll ever see him in an Everton shirt but I hope I'm wrong.
Harold Matthews
21 Posted 31/10/2014 at 23:31:44
This latest Kone news is very disappointing.
Gavin Johnson
22 Posted 01/11/2014 at 00:25:47
I seem to remember that Kone wasn't even fit when we signed him. I know he was struggling because of Ramadan, but I'm sure he was already carrying another niggling injury. I could be wrong but If he was. I just wondered if it was a pre-existing problem with the knee? I know he had a similar injury at Sevilla, but don't know if it was the same knee or not.

If so, it makes you wonder how he got through the medical in the first place. Especially on the back of other players not passing them in the past (Sean Davis & Leroy Fer). Although them not passing seemed more to do with the board looking for a problem, so they could renege and renegotiate the payments.

To me, it seems as though we were a little naïve to sign the lad in the first place. At least, not paying the bulk of the fee upfront, which I seem to remember we did when old 'broke me leg' Whelan threatened to scupper the deal unless we did. I just hope we're covered by insurance because I can't think of many of any players that have come back the same player after having this long out, especially as Kone is already 30.

To me, this has shades of the Danny Williamson deal years back, where he made a couple of appearances before getting injured. We kept getting updates then on expected return dates before they were put back. I always thought that was a strange transfer from the get-go: swapping Rhino, one of our best players in a very poor team and a couple of million. For a player who wasn't even one of West Ham's best players. I somehow get the feeling I'm going to remember the Kone deal in the same light in a few years time.

James Kirrane
23 Posted 01/11/2014 at 02:41:25
This is a quote from today's Guardian from Bobby regarding Kone's injury.

"I expect him to be fully fit by January and by that I mean match fit. He is going to be involved in 11-a-sides behind closed doors this week to build him up again and he will be fully fit in January. I've seen some players with it recover earlier and others take a lot longer to get back. But everyone does come back."

Harold Matthews
24 Posted 01/11/2014 at 06:42:44
I'm definitely not giving up on Kone. I like the lad and the way he plays. If we can get him on the pitch for the last 3 or 4 months when team-mates are falling by the wayside, I'll be delighted. Two years on the sick list didn't stop a certain N'castle player from working his socks off the other day.
Duncan McDine
25 Posted 01/11/2014 at 07:39:54
Good point about the Newcastle lad Harrold (Ryan Taylor?)... sounds like he had a great game - hopefully he can do the same today!

I’d like to think the likes of Kone and Gibbo have a real part to play for us, but certainly don’t expect it. Oviedo on the other hand looks like he’s going to make a strong come back following that horror leg break.

Here’s hoping for a good game and 3 points today.

James Joseph
26 Posted 01/11/2014 at 08:36:02
I agree with JohnÂ’s (#11) summary of Jonjoe Kenny. Whenever IÂ’ve seen him, it was at centre-half where he read the game well and looked comfortable on the ball, rarely giving it away. He definitely lacks a few inches for an English centre-back so, barring a late-teen growth surge, itÂ’s likely heÂ’ll have to find another position, be it full-back or midfield.
Mike Allison
27 Posted 01/11/2014 at 10:04:45
I've just posted about Kenny on the previous reserves match. Not seen him play, but reading between the lines it looks promising. He's played right back in a winning England u-17 side, now he plays as a central midfielder in the reserves/u-21s. Dave tells us he's also played centre back, and to top it all off he's been given the captaincy of a team of older players.

I'm coming to believe he is the reason Martinez didn't sign any back-up for Coleman and decided to use Hibbert for this season, because next season, at 18, he could become part of our first team squad as a right back.

Mike, 15, the under-21 league was set up as a direct replacement for the reserve league, so you are actually allowed to play three over-age players in it. Reserve games were often used to help people coming back from injuries and the clubs wanted to focus on youth development, but also leave themselves this option, hence an over- age player rule.

Harold Matthews
28 Posted 01/11/2014 at 12:10:42
Yes Mike, Dennis Lawrence is keeping Martinez abreast of all the different age groups and we are accelerating those who understand and are comfortable with the new football philosophy.

It is also noticeable that most of the boys coming through are good physical specimens, something Martinez always touches upon when chatting about Barkley. The two recent signings, Galloway and Henen are both six footers, Kenny will be a big lad, Browning and Garbutt already are and Ledson is built like a tank.

Long is average size but has lots of skill and is a deadly finisher. Scores goals out of the blue and looks a real footballer. Fingers crossed he makes the grade. The Premier League is a different Universe and not many manage the transition.

Of course, Messi, Iniesta, Silva and Hazard have shown that exceptional stuff can still come in little bottles but we're now talking about needles in haystacks.

Phill Thompson
29 Posted 01/11/2014 at 14:23:17
Kenny was impressive at right back for England U17s, plenty of energy to bomb down the wing and cross the ball . Although he looked small his heading ability was very good, maybe the reason people are also comfortable playing him at centre half .
Steve Jenkins
30 Posted 02/11/2014 at 11:26:03
@24 Harold

What you said here mate!

Michael Kenrick
32 Posted 04/11/2014 at 16:18:35
Apparently, we lost the game to 'City EDS' — goals (from a City perspective) shown here.

What is EDS? Apparently they don't call them U-21s in deepest Manchester... they are the Elite Development Squad. Coached by Patrick Vieira, no less.

Hmmmm.... Not to be outdone, I think – in true Everton tradition – we should go for School Of Development Squad. Has a nice ring to it...

James Joseph
33 Posted 04/11/2014 at 16:57:57
Brief highlights I know but Stanek and Galloway wonÂ’t be keen too watch that video. Good through ball by Kenny and neat finish by Hope for the goal.

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