Leeds United 2 - 0 EvertonBarely half of Roberto Martinez's first-choice squad was involved at Elland Road this afternoon for Everton's penultimate pre-season friendly of the summer.
The manager was looking to get his players "up to speed" by giving all of his senior team 90 minutes between this match and Duncan Ferguson's testimonial against Villarreal tomorrow.
"The reason that we put the two games together was ... we want to make sure every player gets 90 minutes under their belts before the start of the season," he told evertontv.com. "To be able to do it with two games, it will be perfect in terms of getting the full squad up to speed.
"We've got really strong opposition, which we are looking forward to, and having the other game 24 hours before will allow other players the chance to get 90 minutes before the start of the season, so we can complete what has been a very successful period to get the physical levels up to speed."
Roberto Martinez chose a young sides that included a number of names new to the first-team squad, suggesting the like of Robinson, Pennington, Jones, and Dowell, who all started, might play a role as fringe players this season if injuries strike.
The game started brightly, Dowell picking up a nice pass from McCarthy but firing straight at Silvestri in the Leeds goal. At the other end Robles had to deny a thumping effort from range by Chris Wood.
After a reasonable period of play from both sides in front of a pretty good crowd, Leeds started to up their game after the quarter-hour and put some real pressure on the Everton youngsters (and Kone), winning a couple of corners, but not really testing Robles, Mowatt firing a good shot just wide.
Oviedo was linking well with the forwards and looking to interchange passes with Naismith and Kone who were struggling to get much change off their Championship hosts, who were up for the game. Oviedo had an effort from 25 yards comfortably dealt with by Marco Silvestri. Leeds pressed again and Wood scored but was clearly offside.
Everton pressed before the break and Barkley powered the ball home from an excellent Dowell corner but the goal was ruled out by the referee who had seen an elbow. There was some good build-up play with Barkley and Robinson, who put in a nice cross fro McAleny to attack, forcing a good save from Silvestri.At the other end, Mowatt and Byram combined rather easily to slot past Robles and a rather Howard-esque attempt to save, giving the home side the lead.
Cleverly and McAleny were swapped in for the second half, McCarthy and Kone making way. The competitive tempo continued with both sides getting stuck in.
Cleverley whipped in a good free-kick to the far post after Oviedo was fouled, but Pennington, pulled to the ground for a penalty was ignored by referee Atkinson. Cleverley was getting into his midfield role well, commanding the play from deep and spraying passes around very competently, rather showing up a lacklustre display from Barkley, who should have been running the game. Naismith was played in nicely but chose to pass poorly to McAleny instead of shooting on goal.
Gethin Jones had a couple of rough moments in the first half but appeared to be coming into his own with some excellent defending as well as great overlapping and crossing further forward. Ledson replaced Barkley and Mirallas replaced Naismith, Barkely miss-hitting a dreadful cross-field pass before he departed.
Chris Wood, with plenty of time, took a shot from distance that clipped off Pennington's foot and curled over Robles into the top corner for a second goal to the host side, and it must be said, deserved on the balance of play, as they had shown more desire and purpose in front of their own fans.
Everton's youngsters had struggled overall, and had not really been guided or given that much inspiration by the handful of seniors in the squad, who had sadly not really impressed themselves on the Championship side.
Leeds United: Silvestri, Berardi, Bamba, Bellusci, Taylor, Adeyemi (81' Wootton), Cook (70' Phillips), Mowatt, Byram, Doukara (73' Erwin), Wood (81' Antenucci) .
Subs not Used: Turnbull, Coyle, Cooper, Sloth,Morison, Horton.
Everton: Robles; Robinson, Pennington, Browning, Jones; McCarthy (46' Cleverley), Barkley (76' Ledson), Oviedo; Dowell, Naismith (c) (76' Mirallas), Kone (46' McAleny).
Subs not Used: Stanek, Osman, Grant, Walsh.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Watch the full match online at Everton Preseason on evertontv.
Reader Comments (95)
Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer
1 Posted 01/08/2015 at 07:22:09
I'm going to this game and tomorrow's... so it's a very Everton weekend -- just how I like it!
2 Posted 01/08/2015 at 08:01:40
3 Posted 01/08/2015 at 08:03:24
4 Posted 01/08/2015 at 08:13:12
7 Posted 01/08/2015 at 08:42:07
8 Posted 01/08/2015 at 09:11:03
9 Posted 01/08/2015 at 09:16:22
I have got a horrible feeling that Lukaku won't be 100% come next Saturday. Even if the injury heals in time, he won't have been able to train at full capacity for a few days. I hope they don't rush him back too soon like with other players in the past.
Starting line-up for Watford will look pretty much the same as what we had last season, just Cleverley as the new face and potentially Kone up front. At least we're at home.
August is going to be a long month...
10 Posted 01/08/2015 at 10:53:17
11 Posted 01/08/2015 at 11:18:12
Meanwhile those across the park have Benteke, Sturridge, Origi, Ings and Firmino.
We seem to have a very unbalanced squad with loads of centre midfielders and left backs and very few centre backs and strikers!
I've no doubt there will be more players coming in but at the moment it's a bit alarming especially alongside the hamstring epidemic!
12 Posted 01/08/2015 at 11:19:12
If your looking at players like this coming in over the next year or two you have to start playing them and giving them a chance in competitive games. They could be the nucleus of our side over the next few years with other younger players...Barkley, Stones, Besic etc....
But giving them 30 minutes in a friendly then nothing isn't going to help their development... For players like McAleny especially, it's now or never for him really, as he's 22 and should be fighting for a first team role. Look at Kane.
13 Posted 01/08/2015 at 11:53:22
I will start the ball rolling with 4 goals and one hamstring injury.
14 Posted 01/08/2015 at 11:54:44
On the transfer front, I'd rather see quality than bodies, the likes of Lampard and Kevin Sheedy are thin on the ground and cost a bleedin' fortune. Interesting season ahead; it needs the Belgians to step up and instead of telling the world that they're world class and deserve to be in a 'big' team, and start to play with world class consistency.
Who knows? If that happens, they may get CL football with Everton.
15 Posted 01/08/2015 at 12:10:17
On the other hand, he may feel deep down that he has enough quality to have a so-so season which wouldn't be acceptable after last season.
It's a cast iron certainty Everton won't be challenging for top six places come next March/April unless there is new blood whether it comes from quality signings or the emergence of several youngsters.
Starting off the season with several injuries is a bad sign already. For the time being, we had better hope Kone, McAleny and/or Mirallas start getting amongst the goals if Romelu is an absentee for a few games.
16 Posted 01/08/2015 at 12:41:32
17 Posted 01/08/2015 at 12:57:56
18 Posted 01/08/2015 at 13:46:57
Hope to see Dowell and McAleny.
19 Posted 01/08/2015 at 14:39:49
Our lack of movement, our manager's tactics and our continuing hamstring issues have me a bit uneasy about the season to come. I so desperately wish to stay positive....
20 Posted 01/08/2015 at 14:41:04
- Martinez is giving the impression that we to can do a Man Utd when they brought in the Nevilles, Giggs, Butt, Beckham and Co in mid-90s
- Or we are desperately short of Premier League players
I think it's the second and I suspect we have more injuries than Bob is alluding to. We know already we are missing Gibson, McGeady, Deulofeu, Lukaku, Besic, but where are Barry, Howard, Baines who all need far more game time than they've been given.
I can only hope that tomorrow's team is something from the likes of Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines, McCarthy, Cleverley, Barry, Barkley, Lukaku, Mirallas.
21 Posted 01/08/2015 at 14:45:48
I see that Liam Walsh is on the bench. I hope he gets 45 mins to show what he can do.
23 Posted 01/08/2015 at 14:51:45
24 Posted 01/08/2015 at 14:58:02
25 Posted 01/08/2015 at 14:59:00
27 Posted 01/08/2015 at 15:02:18
28 Posted 01/08/2015 at 15:03:34
31 Posted 01/08/2015 at 15:12:12
32 Posted 01/08/2015 at 15:28:32
33 Posted 01/08/2015 at 16:02:25
34 Posted 01/08/2015 at 16:12:05
35 Posted 01/08/2015 at 16:44:31
I can't believe I'm saying this, but if there are interested clubs then sell Barkley before he goes even further backwards towards oblivion.
36 Posted 01/08/2015 at 16:54:15
As for the so-called first-teamers, dear help us. Barkley, Kone, Oviedo, McCarthy and Naismith look totally devoid of any idea in the final 3rd. Very disappointing for me.
37 Posted 01/08/2015 at 16:54:57
Leeds looked like a half decent side, but the fact that we weren't able to fashion out any real opportunities was disappointing. Still it was most definitely a 2nd choice starting 11; however, it does point out the real lack of depth we have in the squad. Kone and Oviedo still don't look like they are at the races after long lay-offs.
I was also disappointed with Naismith. Some individuals need to seriously improve if we want to start strongly this season.
38 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:04:26
39 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:06:34
41 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:14:20
Once again, we are entering the season with a poorly balanced squad lacking quality or depth. Outspent by everyone in the league and some Championship clubs. The club's in a mess and we are going to suffer.
43 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:19:56
I realize that the transfer window does not close for another 4 weeks, and it is BK who likes to wait until the last day, hoping to get a bargain from the players who had hoped for a move, but this strategy of not having your recognized first team ready at the start, with the difficult fixtures we have, could be disastrous to the club that will reflect on our season.
I doubt if there are any Everton supporters who are not aware and understand what positions in the team require strengthening, so why is it so difficult for management, do they honestly believe that, after years of watching Everton, these supporters do not have any understanding of the game, or the quality of the players in the team?
Is it any wonder that the frustration of the supporters have to be addressed by the use of TW and other forums?
44 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:21:22
45 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:26:04
Why the hell don't we ever sting the oppo's keepers gloves now and then?
47 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:35:51
Browning the stand out for me, classy on the ball, won everything... otherwise... you'd have thought a few would sense an opportunity to claim a place, but other than Browning, and Cleverley when he came on, we looked not to have any options or pace; movement poor off the ball... shite essentially.
48 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:36:04
49 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:42:23
Sad to say but I think more and more that Barkley is going to be lucky to become any sort of Premier League player, let alone a top class one. He does the occasional fantastic thing but just misplaces so many simple passes.
Let's hope the 1st XI can look better and whet our appetite for the coming season.
50 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:53:31
"Calm down, have some dip."
51 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:54:03
That is why we will sell Stones for the right price. We have only spent more than we earned from players sales in 8 of the 16 transfer windows since Kenwright took charge of the club.
Kenwright's investment in players is lower than 5 Championship clubs, and 15 Premier League clubs. We never have any investment in players.
And before anyone says that we invest every penny back into the squad. So does 30 other clubs. Just that they also invest extra money that we don't.
52 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:55:05
53 Posted 01/08/2015 at 17:56:02
We have no depth.
54 Posted 01/08/2015 at 18:00:51
55 Posted 01/08/2015 at 18:02:00
I was impressed with Browning, good positional play, another Des Walker if he has the pace. Major worries where the goals are going to come from.
We are too static when Barkley gets possession, but saying that, Ross needs to be a lot more bizzy and get a lot more tackles in to finally prove that bad injury he had is behind him.
To have a broken leg as a youngster must take a long long time to get over it physiologically... maybe that's what bothering Ross.
56 Posted 01/08/2015 at 18:03:22
I don't think we will see much happen in terms of new faces in the remainder of the transfer window, and I certainly can't see anyone of any great value being unveiled in that time.
The close season helps to heal the wounds of frustration from last season, but once we started against the Potters in Singapore, the realisation sinks in that our first eleven are good players, but we have little else to offer. Once a couple of injuries are picked up, we fail.
Lukaku, despite his short-comings, and Mirallas are our only goal threat. If the big man is missing, the whole team know that once they concede; it is going to be very hard to equalise.
The defence looks great on paper, full of internationals, but even with two defensive mid-fielders in front of them, they still get opened-up too easily.
The game at Leeds was a stupid error of planning, despite the Martinez bluster. Also confusing is to choose a testimonial for Dunc as our last, and most important warm-up game, where our first team should play as meaningful a game as is possible. Combining it with the pantomime of Dunc and Wayne is just daft.
The only good to come out of it all, is that at least the players are fitter than last season. This game with Leeds was just like the one with Krasnodar â€“ we lost momentum, from a good run, and too many kids were played, which was tough on them, so we learned little.
It is typical of Martinez, and it just deflates all of the hope built up on the previous wins.
57 Posted 01/08/2015 at 18:06:06
However if he keeps going back to the failed 4-2-3-1, where we have nothing up top, then it's midtable or lower again.
58 Posted 01/08/2015 at 18:08:57
59 Posted 01/08/2015 at 18:12:01
The panning of Barkley is incessant. He was okay, 2nd gear, generally fine with some nice moments and some loose ones. No wonder Liverpudlians laugh at us about our constant criticism of him.
Browning got better but was schooled by a very average forward first half. I shudder to think of him as a centre back in the Premier League just now but he is a bit of a flavour of the month so let's ignore the errors.
I did like Robinson though and he offers hope. Conor looks a player to me too, and one I could see looking better with better players.
60 Posted 01/08/2015 at 18:15:32
61 Posted 01/08/2015 at 18:16:35
As with last season, we don't look prepared, have a paper-thin, under-strength squad with injuries whilst all around are strengthening. It's going to be a long, tough season.
62 Posted 01/08/2015 at 18:17:27
If today was the best our senior squad can offer, we have major issues, Kone, Naismith, Barkley, Oviedo and McCarthy were simply awful and looked nowhere near ready. The only positives on a disappointing afternoon were a solid and mature display from Browning at centre half and half time sub Cleverly looked sharp.
65 Posted 01/08/2015 at 18:27:35
We play far too deep and are therefore attracting pressure on the ball and affording the opposition the chance to reorganize time and time again which is why we cant open teams up and have nobody forward.
We hardly troubled a very average Leeds side.
67 Posted 01/08/2015 at 18:38:11
68 Posted 01/08/2015 at 18:50:32
To be fair that's no bad thing as I think Osman has been very good for Everton but, considering all the hype surrounding Barkley just a few years ago, it feels anticlimactic.
71 Posted 01/08/2015 at 19:00:42
Browning is better in the air and physically stronger than Stones. If Stones had played like Browning has done it pre-season, I think we would all be feeling really confident. So given our track record of cashing in on the Crown Jewels, I have a feeling that Stones will be gone before August 31st deadline. He may even play in the first 6 PL games but don't expect to see him in a blue shirt on September 1st and we will be £30+ million better off and no new players. Money will go to pay off the Lukaku transfer and all the rest of our debts.
Hopefully I am wrong!
72 Posted 01/08/2015 at 19:04:18
On the plus side, we put a couple of decent crosses in (seemed like more than last season). I also thought that Browning looked good -- not quite a Stones yet, but pretty decent and looking to lead the line as well. Naismith kept trying, and kept winning freekicks, but he would be much better if he had some pace. I thought McCarthy, Barkley, and Cleverley played as you would expect -- decent, but lacking that cutting edge going forward.
And if you're looking for where we are after 10 games this season, you'd better check the fixture list. The first 10 include Southampton, Man City, Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd, and Arsenal. We won't be top half of the table after that lot.
73 Posted 01/08/2015 at 19:11:27
I think it's odds-on it will be a blue shirt he'll be wearing...!
75 Posted 01/08/2015 at 19:19:58
76 Posted 01/08/2015 at 19:21:36
77 Posted 01/08/2015 at 19:26:54
78 Posted 01/08/2015 at 19:56:50
However, nothing about the close season has been remotely inspiring. The friendly against Arsenal suggested that the coach is incapable of change. Does anyone see him as passionate, inspirational, wily, tactically astute, powerful, pragmatic, gifted, or indeed anything other than nice?
79 Posted 01/08/2015 at 20:00:03
Kone's not good enough. I thought he would have been champing at the bit to make an impression but his movement was non-existent. Admittedly we were poor in the final third but surely it's part of his job to move and create space.
I thought our central midfield pairing of Barkley and McCarthy would have dominated but McCarthy played like a player we have been led to believe is disillusioned at the club. Can't remember him crossing the halfway line and Barkley hogging the ball until being crowded out by 2 or 3 of there players and who's passing was dire trying to showboat when 1-0 down don't go down to well.
Naismith instead of challenging for numerous headers was too busy complaining to the ref wanting a foul all the time. Overall I think their keeper had 2 shots to save at best.
On the plus side, Browning looked quite assured, a good work out for Oviedo, and Cleverley looked busy. A bit that same as the 1st team of last season: plenty of possession at times but nothing in the final third, no creativity and looked vulnerable at corners and when they were on the break.
Very disappointing and I fear we are gonna be in a relegation battle unless 3 or 4 players are signed in our problem positions.
80 Posted 01/08/2015 at 20:33:38
Comments like 'If today was the best our senior squad can offer' seem to ignore the team that played. This is not the best our senior team can offer. It's pretty the much the worse it can offer. Barring injury, I expect that Howard, Coleman, Jags, Stones, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Cleverley (I hope it does not happen, but I fear we will see 3cms/dms), Barkley, Mirallas and Lukaku will start against Watford. Osman and Deulofeu will likely come off the bench. How many of those played today? 4 of them. One for 76mins, 2 for 45mins and 1 for 14.
82 Posted 01/08/2015 at 20:55:17
I'm not a Martinez fan I wasn't when he came and he hasn't done anything so far to change my mind. But he as a 3 season contract and that's all he as in my eyes. But as this board only seem to want us kept in the Premier League and are not the slightest bit interested in cups or Europe, I don't think there is any possible chance of us going down under him, so he won't be sacked. However, he could shock us all and resign.
Who really thought we would get relegated last season? No chance.
I predict us winning Watford 2-0. I even think you will see a totally different side performance to last season.
So let's get rid of the doom and gloom for once, you get pissed off with it on here. Let's think win, win, win. Instead of loose, loose, loose.
83 Posted 01/08/2015 at 21:00:33
We can't afford a player of that quality so need to adapt the system. Surely RM can see that?
I want to be positive, but I don't believe any of our pre-season performances suggest that we have improved.
We needed to bring in 5-6 players to refresh the squad, and bringing a couple in on the last day of the window is not good enough. By that time we may already have lost ground on teams we should be competing with, and any new players will not have had time to bed in. It's so bloody frustrating!
84 Posted 01/08/2015 at 21:06:25
85 Posted 01/08/2015 at 21:14:20
86 Posted 01/08/2015 at 21:34:24
88 Posted 01/08/2015 at 22:15:11
If people honestly believe that BK is holding back valuable resources due to his lack of faith in the manager then BK should be pro-active and do the honourable thing for both the club and his manager and act swiftly. Waiting to see what may happen whilst not giving your manager the necessary funds to improve the squad is the coward's way out and BK would be as responsible as the manager in that particular situation.
89 Posted 01/08/2015 at 22:18:33
In North America, pre-season or "exhibition" games seem to go on forever and no-one really cares unless you lose everyone of them.
Next Saturday will be a complete shock to the system when we return to the hustle and bustle of a Watford team of 6-foot-plus giants. Hopefully we have enough talent to secure the points and then see how things develop match by match.
Maybe we will all feel better after tomorrow and wondering could a 40-year-old Big Dunc be the answer!
90 Posted 01/08/2015 at 22:50:18
A good indication of BK's intentions is exactly when he sells young Stones. If it is indeed on Sept 1st and none of the proceeds are available for Roberto, that would be a signal that he's playing a wait-and-see game; time will tell.
91 Posted 01/08/2015 at 00:03:16
92 Posted 02/08/2015 at 00:09:32
ps: Barkley has it all, he just needs a good manager to unleash the beast.
93 Posted 02/08/2015 at 00:28:55
He again seemed poor today, misplaced passes, running instead of passing and all the usual poor decision-making we are accustomed to with him. I don't know where the lad has gone wrong, the fearless, dynamic Ross of 2 seasons ago has gone I'm afraid!
94 Posted 02/08/2015 at 00:31:18
95 Posted 02/08/2015 at 00:38:58
Barkley's an unknown in football. He needs to be given an actual position whether that's centre midfield, number 10 or up front, he needs to settle and be allowed to grow and be taken out of the team if it's needed.
96 Posted 02/08/2015 at 01:07:52
97 Posted 02/08/2015 at 01:09:05
98 Posted 02/08/2015 at 02:19:39
99 Posted 02/08/2015 at 02:47:27
The "young boy" Dowell was "different class" (some of his crosses were superb!... Passing and support play!. Top draw!! (age 17!) fecking hell!!...
People keep talking about how shit we are defending... (what a load of bollocks) I think today, it shows how blessed we are in this area! I, like many others have spoke about our offensive play within the last third of pitch. Today, again it shows how crap we are around the opposition's 18yd box every game!
Also, many supporters get really "pissed off" with so many of Robbie's decisions around player selection... Also, keeping hold of so many older players. But there are a couple of areas where I think we are definitely moving forward in.
IMO, we are only a couple of offensive players (plus GK) away from being very close to the top table teams. I hope Robbie can see the obvious, take off his "blinkers", stop "stroking" senior players' egos and get rid of the hangers on. And get rid of the Management team! (except for Duncan). Then, maybe, just maybe the guy could become a top manager.
101 Posted 02/08/2015 at 07:23:00
He needs to be treated just like any other youngster rather than as some sort of saviour.
I fear this won't happen and that this season we will see lots of Ross losing the ball on the middle of the park and trying to do too much.
102 Posted 02/08/2015 at 07:56:31
103 Posted 02/08/2015 at 08:21:56
105 Posted 02/08/2015 at 08:46:18
Barkley demonstrates why you are never sure how good a young player is going to be until he reaches 24-25 years old. As an individual his technique and talent is undeniable, but his big challenge his chanelling it as part of a team with discipline and good decision-making. That's why tactically it is so hard to know where he plays. But we should NOT be writing him off as some are here.
Where I agree with the comments of many on here is the poor displays of the seniors (I don't include Ross as a senior). McCarthy was poor, Naimsith was awful and Kone will never score again judging by the way he plays. Too much dross in the senior squad and we need 2-3 signings before the end of the transfer window urgently.
106 Posted 02/08/2015 at 09:27:41
107 Posted 02/08/2015 at 09:37:48
Pre-season games like this are ideal for trying your team out before the serious business begins, but no way has Martinez given us a glimpse of anything like a first team selection yet, and today's testimonial is hardly likely to provide it either. A sad waste of a pre-season schedule if you ask me.
108 Posted 02/08/2015 at 10:28:26
Since then , the two games in Scotland were like training ground run-outs, slow paced, with sides using lots of subs.
Playing so many kids together at Leeds was similar to the decision to plat them against Krasnodar. This is unfair to the young lads who should be introduced in twos or threes with experienced guys alongside.
You end up learning nothing about them, and if anything dent their confidence.
To follow up within 24 hours with a game v European quality is just daft. To use this as Dunc's testimonial is also silly.
This should not be a panto, it should be the most important test of our best team, so that it is ready to fire-up against Watford.
Instead we have had all of the messing about with playing time to try and accommodate everyone and hid dog.
Bad planning , typical of this management.
109 Posted 02/08/2015 at 10:44:47
I refuse to believe he's lost the talent he first showed when he broke into the team. The issue is he's had two seasons playing at Number 10 which isn't his position, receiving the ball in the wrong places and feeling a massive pressure to create for a team that has no other creative outlets.
If he was allowed to play the box-to-box role we all know he should be playing, then there'd be no debate about his class. Instead, we have to watch the likes of Barry getting a run-out every match.
110 Posted 02/08/2015 at 11:09:35
Barkley again was largely anonymous, which is sadly becoming his norm these days. I don't know whether its all down to the player or has the manager filled his head with so much nonsense that the lad doesn't know what his role is anymore.
RM has continually said that each transfer window is to be used to improve the squad overall, well not much sign of improvement on that score. Also still no sign of the number 10 he promised, but he still has 3 weeks to fulfill this promise. I would have thought seeing as he said before pre-season that a new number 10 was a priority he would have looked to have tied up that position first.
I have never been a fan of RM and the longer he is here the less I like him. He has consistently over-praised average performances both as a team and also with individuals. These are professionals and I am sure they know when the manager is bullshitting them.
111 Posted 02/08/2015 at 11:14:00
That certainly doesn't help a player like Ross, who needs to be told clearly his role and then carry it out in a disciplined manner.
112 Posted 02/08/2015 at 12:21:57
113 Posted 02/08/2015 at 12:58:51
Look at the likes of Robbie Savage, fucking shite... Barkley has more skill in his little toe but Savage will run and tackle all day. This is where Ross has got to improve his game, if he cannot, he can only play up top in a 4-4-2 along side the centre forward in my opinion. He has got to work on he's stamina.
So come on, Roberto, let big Joe take Ross under his wing and bring out the dogs of war in him, plus a couple of marathon runs.
114 Posted 04/08/2015 at 14:40:19
The signings we have made are mediocre at best, and we may also loose Stones. The injuries that we have are a nightmare. The run in that we have at the start of the season is ferocious. The manager we have is...
If our form and style of play carries on the same as last season and through the friendlies, then there is every possibility that we could be in the bottom three at Christmas. I agree that now is not the time to panic, but...
Add Your Comments
In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.
Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.