Europa League Preview
Arouna Kone is hoping to put more than a year of frustration behind him with his first start of the season
Everton sign off from their Group H commitments on Thursday evening with the dead rubber against Krasnodar where Roberto Martinez will make good on his pledge to use the occasion to play some of his promising young players and a couple of long-term absentees.
The Blues were confirmed as group winners and seeding for the knockout phase by virtue of their
The manager confirmed at his press conference this afternoon that Arouna Kone will complete the longest recovery of his career to date by making his first senior start since October last year and will be joined by another long-term injury casualty in the form of Bryan Oviedo. Both players played and scored for the Under-21s at Goodison Park against Sunderland 10 days ago, an outing that both players hope will have marked the final step towards a return to full fitness.
Kone described the opportunity as akin to a second debut. Since arriving from Wigan Athletic in his manager's footsteps in July 2013, the Ivorian's Everton career has never really got off the launchpad. A disrupted pre-season meant that he began his first campaign at Goodison short of fitness and some painful misses in his early appearances betrayed some of that inevitable rustiness before his season was ended by a heavy impact to his knee in the home game against Hull City.
The 31 year-old required surgery to repair the meniscus in the knee and has spent many months in rehabilitation, both at Finch Farm and a facility in Belgium this past summer hoping to be fit to start again in 2014-15. He was set to make an appearance in the Capital One Cup tie at Swansea in September but was forced to withdraw from the team before kick-off after feeling pain in the injured knee and has spent the past three months slowly gaining more fitness to the where it seems he is finally ready to return to the first team.
"Arouna is quite unique in what he brings so as a manager you welcome him back," Martinez said of the striker. "He has plenty of experience and will make a difference."
Oviedo, meanwhile, played in that ill-fated game at the Liberty Stadium before making a late cameo at Old Trafford where he almost reprised his goalscoring heroics of a year ago but has been out of the senior setup since having screws removed from the bones he fractured at Stevenage last January. He too is looking to put the past 11 months behind him by coming through Thursday's European fixture unscathed.
Martinez also confirmed that, in addition to Steven Pienaar — another injury-ravaged player — Atnolin Alcaraz, and Joel Robles, there will be playing time for some of his promising U21 players. Luke Garbutt, Tyias Browning and Conor McAleny all of whom have figured at first-team level already, will play a part. Furthermore, though he didn't name them — "I wanted to give them eight hours' sleep," he quipped — the Catalan promised there would be other exicting youngsters, most likely including Ryan Ledson, involved.
While Evertonians will be hoping for a win to put the icing on the group-stage cake, neutral eyes will be on Lille who still have a small chance of edging Wolsfburg for the second qualification slot if they can win by a three-goal margin at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Kick off: 8:05pm
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1 Posted 10/12/2014 at 18:31:13
I'd have to say, I didn't really see any astonishing talent elsewhere either, nor in the game against Celtic.
2 Posted 10/12/2014 at 19:08:23
Thankfully we don't have too many players as "unique" as him or we would struggle to field a team...
3 Posted 10/12/2014 at 18:59:52
I'd start with Galloway at CB along with Alcaraz who can guide Galloway through the game in the same way he did a raw John Stones last season.
I'd start with Ledson alongside Barry in midfield as Barry is suspended for the next PL game. Again, it will be good experience for Ledson to play alongside a experienced veteran like Barry.
I'd like to see McAleny play alongside Kone in a 442 formation. This game should offer the likes of Kone, Oviedo and Alcaraz good fitness rehabilitation and the youngters vital experience for their development.
I would play:
Browning Galloway Alcaraz Garbutt
Astu Ledson Barry Oviedo
4 Posted 10/12/2014 at 19:31:53
5 Posted 10/12/2014 at 19:57:21
6 Posted 10/12/2014 at 20:21:25
7 Posted 10/12/2014 at 20:39:24
8 Posted 10/12/2014 at 20:50:54
9 Posted 10/12/2014 at 21:04:02
10 Posted 10/12/2014 at 21:06:24
Here's hoping the night goes well for the lads on the fringes or returning from injury.
11 Posted 10/12/2014 at 21:28:39
12 Posted 10/12/2014 at 21:36:21
13 Posted 10/12/2014 at 21:43:18
14 Posted 10/12/2014 at 21:54:53
15 Posted 10/12/2014 at 22:07:26
16 Posted 10/12/2014 at 22:03:08
RM should be experienced enough to know that changing the whole side will be chaotic especially while preparing the first team for QPR on Monday.
We need to ensure a confidence inspiring win tomorrow night to get the crowd and the squad up.
I personally would like to play more of the first team in this one to help the kids out.
17 Posted 10/12/2014 at 22:17:25
Me too. It's not as if the lad chose to be injured. He's had terrible luck with injuries, and gets kicked in the balls for it.
18 Posted 10/12/2014 at 22:40:54
Play every first teamer who is not carrying an injury .
19 Posted 10/12/2014 at 22:33:17
After all his time off with injuries and looking at how long it is taking Mirallas and Barkley to get up to match fitness, I think this game will just be an exercise to ease him back and will be surprised if he lasts more than 45-55 mins.
Hope he comes through the game okay as, with the injury he had, and the length of time he was out, and considering his type of game is speed on and off the ball, he may find it difficult to get back to the form he was in.
20 Posted 10/12/2014 at 22:56:20
21 Posted 10/12/2014 at 23:51:34
I reckon the coaches must take the blame for not instilling work rate into these youngsters who are supposed to be the future of the club. Sunderland were the better team and the outstanding youngster on the pitch was Whatmore who ran both Jones and Browning ragged until he went off with an injury. We did improve after Whatmore went off but while he was on we struggled to contain him.
Kone would have had a hat-trick against our defence, thatÂs how poor they were collectively. In possession they looked fairly good but without the ball they gave Sunderland too much room. I hope that the players selected to play against Krasnodar play much better as this is a fine opportunity which they should do their utmost to take.
22 Posted 11/12/2014 at 00:00:34
23 Posted 11/12/2014 at 00:13:05
24 Posted 11/12/2014 at 00:51:45
25 Posted 11/12/2014 at 07:14:01
26 Posted 11/12/2014 at 08:29:37
27 Posted 11/12/2014 at 08:32:01
28 Posted 11/12/2014 at 08:39:52
Mainly due to the few times when he made it on to the field, he looked pedestrian and uninterested. We had the, "It was ramadan and he was suffering", well I work in catering and I know plenty of people who can observe this and still pull a 12-hour shift effectively.
But yes, you are right, a bad injury and I hope he recovers fully, gets on the pitch and scores for fun.
Come on, Kone, get your boots on, son!!!
29 Posted 11/12/2014 at 08:42:00
Browning Hibbert Alcaraz Garbutt
Atsu Barkley Oviedo
SUBS: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, McGeady, Osman, McAleney, Eto'o
31 Posted 11/12/2014 at 09:42:39
32 Posted 11/12/2014 at 10:14:36
33 Posted 11/12/2014 at 10:37:20
He has indicated that there are 3 young players who could come into the first team. Assuming that they are Browning, Garbutt and Ledson, I would play all 3 from the start and tell them that they will play for the full 90 minutes (barring injury or fatigue).
He should say the same thing to Atsu, encouraging him to express himself.
Defensively there is a gap in the central defence, so why not play Besic there (as this is supposed to be one of his positions) alongside Alcaraz.
Up front I would like to see McAleny and Long both have 45 minutes alongside Kone.
If Naismith and McCarthy are approaching full fitness I would have them as substitutes and bring them on after 70 minutes (for Kone and Pienaar). The rest of the bench should be composed of players that will not start on monday.
We can all relax knowing that the result is not as important as the performance of certain players in this unusual match.
34 Posted 11/12/2014 at 10:49:08
35 Posted 11/12/2014 at 10:42:11
i, get Oviedo and Kone back to match fitness so they can play a regular part for the rest of the season. Hopefully they can both get through at least an hour if not the full 90.
ii, give Garbutt, Birdman and Bless you a full 90 minutes to keep them match fit and ready to help out when needed in the coming weeks.
iii, give a few of the youngsters senior game time to see if they can handle it. (Although I doubt the Russians are going to send over a strong team as the game is meaningless for them too.)
Hibbert, Browning, Bridman, Garbutt
Atsu, Barry, Barkley, Oviedo
Barry and Barkley just to get a run out and some confidence back as this will be like a training match. Hibbert in just to stay match fit as Coleman will play on the weekend..
36 Posted 11/12/2014 at 10:47:31
37 Posted 11/12/2014 at 11:30:20
38 Posted 11/12/2014 at 11:34:27
39 Posted 11/12/2014 at 11:31:54
I don't see Lille downing Wolfsburg by 3 goals but that could be interesting to keep an eye on.
Also it figures that the one time we have a Monday game after Europa, instead of Sunday, we will be resting most of the squad. Wouldve been interesting to see how that extra day helped, as Mo Po over at Spurs has called for.
40 Posted 11/12/2014 at 11:39:47
41 Posted 11/12/2014 at 11:51:51
Also amusing me is the "Kone brings something unique" Â– yes, Roberto, sick notes are hard to extract from your doctor nowadays. Ian Duncan-Smith has made them rarer than Unicorn shit.
42 Posted 11/12/2014 at 12:02:16
Credit where it's due, please...
And Sean Kelly (32), while Alcaraz and Gibson were injured at their previous clubs, Kone's ordeal seems to have been consigned to Everton alone as he played more than 30 league games in each of his two seasons before signing.
He's just been unlucky. The "other clubs' crocks" tags hardly applies to Stones and Barkley, for example, does it?
43 Posted 11/12/2014 at 12:26:50
Kone must be dying to play again, the same for Oviedo. Kone is 31 which is still young in the grand scheme of things. Everyone seems to think you hit 30 and suddenly you're and old man. Well I hit 30 nearly 12 years ago and it feels like a lifetime away now!
44 Posted 11/12/2014 at 12:36:45
On a separate note, I was surprised that Kone had not used his time away from football to improve his English. I have noticed improvements in that respect with other players, notably Mirallas and Oviedo.
45 Posted 11/12/2014 at 12:50:16
People seem to enjoy slating Kone because he had a near career ending injury and now he should have used the time away from the game improving his English
What a failure of a man this player is
Maybe he should throw himself off a bridge and have done
though if that happened he might get slagged off for jumping incorrectly
Get a grip FFS
46 Posted 11/12/2014 at 12:49:52
47 Posted 11/12/2014 at 12:45:07
48 Posted 11/12/2014 at 12:52:40
49 Posted 11/12/2014 at 13:05:58
50 Posted 11/12/2014 at 12:53:41
I hope heÂs the star man in a team of boys and gives us more options up front.
51 Posted 11/12/2014 at 13:22:26
Maybe he'll come off the bench. I'd like to see all these guys mentioned get at least some time tonight.
52 Posted 11/12/2014 at 13:23:56
53 Posted 11/12/2014 at 13:43:09
54 Posted 11/12/2014 at 13:43:08
Sorry sorry must get back down to earth, but heard 14th hand (Academy Coach via his mate, his mate, my brother) that this lad Dowell is a REAL jewel in the crown
55 Posted 11/12/2014 at 13:48:46
56 Posted 11/12/2014 at 13:33:39
I would like to see:
Hibbert, Browning, Galloway, Garbutt,
McAleny, Kone, Long.
57 Posted 11/12/2014 at 14:10:42
58 Posted 11/12/2014 at 14:19:51
Throw my name in the sweep i'll pay you if I ever see you at the match.
I'm going for 1 legged tightrope walker...
59 Posted 11/12/2014 at 14:18:45
60 Posted 11/12/2014 at 14:25:00
62 Posted 11/12/2014 at 15:00:24
... he used to "do it" in a hammock - standing up.
63 Posted 11/12/2014 at 15:01:38
64 Posted 11/12/2014 at 14:52:30
My worry is if the game goes ahead it will be spoiled by the heavy winds. I hope the fans will make allowances for the younger players making their first appearance if this is the case.
65 Posted 11/12/2014 at 15:09:50
By the way, I imagine there's less chance of a cancellation tonight.
It's one thing to tell Palace to piss off back to London, another to tell a side who've just flown in from Russia "Erm... look, there's no easy way to say this... so not to beat around the bush... to be completely frank and... um... all things being considered... when all's said and done... not to put too fine a point... "
66 Posted 11/12/2014 at 15:35:37
Aka new products tester.
67 Posted 11/12/2014 at 16:01:42
68 Posted 11/12/2014 at 16:19:48
69 Posted 11/12/2014 at 16:07:23
70 Posted 11/12/2014 at 16:30:08
71 Posted 11/12/2014 at 16:39:55
72 Posted 11/12/2014 at 16:51:36
These instructions are to be continued throughout the remainder of the season.
73 Posted 11/12/2014 at 17:02:51
74 Posted 11/12/2014 at 17:23:37
This is for everyone else
I'm off to give them dog's abuse Â– if they deserve it!
75 Posted 11/12/2014 at 17:18:40
I Liked Garbutt when he came on at ht against Leyton Orient, never put a foot wrong second half, then in the next round against Leeds didnt even make the bench,talk about knocking a youngsters confidence.
Heres hoping to a good game tonight and a bright future to Everton Football Club and its supporters.
76 Posted 11/12/2014 at 17:50:15
77 Posted 11/12/2014 at 17:48:56
If you could pick our next round opponents for the best trip,who would it be?
78 Posted 11/12/2014 at 18:02:34
79 Posted 11/12/2014 at 18:03:06
80 Posted 11/12/2014 at 18:06:41
81 Posted 11/12/2014 at 18:30:40
The whole exercise is a waste of time.
82 Posted 11/12/2014 at 18:45:48
83 Posted 11/12/2014 at 18:38:02
I'd go for Riejka if they can get past Sevilla, top place for an away trip on the Croatian coast. But there are some other top destinations such as Bilbao and Lisbon.
However there's not many that appeal in Eastern Europe!
84 Posted 11/12/2014 at 18:47:33
Anyone ever mentioned you are one miserable get?
85 Posted 11/12/2014 at 18:43:42
Oh , and the 8th "youngster" was Seamus Coleman at 21 .
So maybe not all meaningless.
86 Posted 11/12/2014 at 18:56:20
Like it Brent.
88 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:01:54
As for Phil, well we all know he likes to wallow in his self-inflicted misery.
89 Posted 11/12/2014 at 18:17:28
A lot has been made of the increased attendances this year, fans rolled up in the hope of seeing Robbie deliver on his promises of a brave new approach, but he hasnt been able to has he? our approach has been anything but brave.
I felt the mood was changing last week not only did Goodison turn hostile at the end of the Hull game but I
noticed huge gaps in the stands during the game. Has he lost them already, the next few home games will tell us a lot
90 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:05:18
91 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:07:36
Here's a thought Darren, the attendance tonight may be down because we're already through, it's on the tele, we have a more important game on Monday and money is tight, weather is shite.
93 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:10:03
Let’s do something really phenomenal and get rid of Kone, alcaraz, Robles and Cretinez and get someone in that wants to play effective winning football not pass the ball sideways and backwards in our own half possession football
94 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:04:24
95 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:14:21
Anyone agree with Roberto that after a EL game the following prem game should be played on a Monday? Sounds reasonable to me.
96 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:13:58
97 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:15:14
Browning, Alcaraz, Barry, Garbutt
Oviedo, Ledson, Pienaar, Atsu
SUBS: Dowell, Grant, Jones, Kenny, Long, Williams and Griffiths (G)
98 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:15:57
99 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:17:33
100 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:17:17
101 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:16:17
You do realise we are obliged by the rules of the competition to play tonight?
As the result of the game is meaningless, it does give us an opportunity to give a few players returning from injury such as Kone and Oviedo a competitive game. Also he can let a few of the kids get some first team experience.
Your missus is very insightful by the way.
102 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:19:39
103 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:17:02
104 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:20:03
I completely agree with the first three words of your post.
105 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:14:05
BTW we were'nt "through" against Hull, the game WAS important, the weather wasn't " shite " and money was tight last week too. . .wanna offer excus ..I mean reasons for that ?
106 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:22:48
107 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:22:12
108 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:22:31
109 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:27:20
What WILL be interesting is whether tonight's side will follow the style laid down by St. Martin and embrace the principles of PAATB with a different goalie between the posts.
OPTA note books at the ready, class !
111 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:30:47
Who won the sweep?
112 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:22:57
Sadly he and his back room staff now have their footballing blueprint firmly embedded on our team. It is slow, lumbering, painful and almost completely ineffective in the premier league as just 4 wins in 14 games will testify too. Our excellent defence has been all but destroyed leaving solid defenders confidence in tatters. We leak goals like a sieve DESPITE having two very good holding midfielders and an above average keeper. He has not brought youth players through as he promised at the start of the season, I realise this may be due to them not being good enough but garbutt has looked good and browning has acquitted himself well.
He just seems to be in a world of his own where everything is, dare I say it, "phenomenal" ! For me he is a very poor mans Arsene Wenger and I think he lacks the discipline, steel and mean streak to take us anywhere
113 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:38:36
114 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:30:15
In 2007 we sent out a comedy team with kids, Mad Dog and Jimmy Mac with lots out of position or looking like they’d never even met. It was an exciting (3-2?) victory against the current Man Utd manager’s Alkmaar.
In 2009 we watched the kids play at Goodison (sadly all of whom don’t seem to have made it bar Coleman who wasn’t really a kid then anyway) marshalled by Tony Hibbert at centre half. We lost but it made for interesting watching.
It’s a bit random, a bit crazy but we can rest key players, give some players some much needed experience and it is panto season after all!
The importance and value of doing this was summed up in pre-match ITV4 footage of one of the kids (Browning?) He looked extremely nervous. The next few hours will teach him lot.
115 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:35:24
Anything around the 20,000 mark would be a good attendance.
116 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:41:26
I just hope to god that Roberto rams your comments down your throat this season, though I doubt you will ever accept him whatever he does.
117 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:41:55
Armchair critics of my stance against supporter exploitation need not reply.
119 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:49:11
120 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:49:00
How so Phil?
Apologies if I am disturbing you at Goodison :-)
121 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:44:54
hope they 'll be rewarded with a decent performance
122 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:43:48
I'm in Senegal this week so the decision was made for me. You say it is a "cynical abuse of supporters goodwill".
Absolute tosh even by your standards. It is a dead rubber because we have done outstandingly well in the first five games. Yes read it and weep Phil, in the Europa Cup we have done really well which I know doesn't quite square with your anti-Martinez agenda. But the game has to be played
The club have done the right thing by reducing prices. It's £5 for kids tonight. The manager has done the right thing by not playing first team players.
But don't let the facts of the situation get in the way of your titty lipped ( my mother's phrase) negativity and continual sniping.
123 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:43:55
I get your frustration Gary but there are some puzzlingly positive aspects to this season. Everyone has been raving about West Ham. Their one recent defeat was to us. Another anomaly was that Spurs fans are agreed they played their best against us. We were screwed by the ref at City and should have definitely beaten Arsenal. While I agree we should be doing better, we look like we can get points anywhere. I certainly don't write off matches against the cash rich clubs anymore.
And to make it all the more puzzling, we've walked the Europa League thus far. In a group that was meant to be hard.
I'm not sure we have been sussed out. I think it's a case of several players out of form all over the pitch and at different stages in their returns from injury. If we can get Coleman, Baines, Mirallas, Barkley and McCarthy playing together for a few months (without injuries to Jags, Naismith or Lukaku), we will finish much higher than we currently are and go on some cup runs.
124 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:51:06
It doesn't make you any less of an Evertonian but don't encourage UEFA in their greed for gawd's sake.
125 Posted 11/12/2014 at 19:54:10
126 Posted 11/12/2014 at 20:04:14
Are you suggesting that Euefa should change the rules of the competition and not play the game tonight?
I assume you are watching Masterchef and not bothering with the game?
127 Posted 11/12/2014 at 20:06:52
128 Posted 11/12/2014 at 20:07:36
129 Posted 11/12/2014 at 20:11:54
130 Posted 11/12/2014 at 20:09:33
131 Posted 11/12/2014 at 22:27:27
132 Posted 11/12/2014 at 22:28:31
There were just under 35,000 at the Hull City game and Hull brought a mini bus and a taxi so, with that in mind, not a bad turnout.
133 Posted 11/12/2014 at 22:38:58
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