Everton look likely to be without Richarlison for the trip to Crystal Palace this weekend with the Brazilian struggling with the rib injury he sustained against Manchester United on Sunday.
Richarlison, who scored the opening goal in the Toffees' 4-0 romp past the Red Devils at Goodison Park, went down injured late on the first half and reappeared after half time but then had to be substituted five minutes into the second half.
His manager, Marco Silva, explained in his pre-match press conference this afternoon that the winger is a “major doubt” for the Palace game but that Lucas Digne, who came off himself late in the match against United with a foot injury, has been cleared to play.
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott, another of the goalscorers on Sunday, has been battling a virus this week and will be assessed tomorrow before the manager makes a decision over his starting XI.
Silva also said that Yerry Mina has resumed training with the first team after recovering from a hamstring problem sustained on international duty for Colombia last month.
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1 Posted 25/04/2019 at 22:29:19
Hopefully we can get 'er done without him.
Step up Lookman!
And for the love of it all, bring Mina back really, really slowly!
2 Posted 25/04/2019 at 22:34:11
Particularly the part where Silva criticises the media for not giving Everton any credit for beating Man Utd.
3 Posted 25/04/2019 at 22:43:28
4 Posted 25/04/2019 at 22:46:40
5 Posted 25/04/2019 at 23:02:35
Did he do that? Thank GOD!
I heard it again on our satellite radio shows over here today. Some female English pundit was on, and went on and on about how awful Man U were against us. Never a word about how well we played. Not even a "throw away" comment like, "But all credit to Everton."
I'm glad Marco said something. Good for him.
If Man City, the rs, Spurs, any one of them, had as good a game as we did against Man U they'd be waxing lyrical about their performance.
Jesus, imagine if Wolves played as well as we did against Man U?! They'd have orgasms!
6 Posted 25/04/2019 at 23:11:46
They may have missed the chance to finish seventh after that Fulham game and quite honestly the squad is not yet competitive enough for even Europa league.
A good time to give starting chances to one or two bench warmers especially Lookman who certainly has the skill but has yet to really turn it on.
7 Posted 25/04/2019 at 23:15:36
As Christy has mentioned with Walcott possibly being out too, this is the ideal opportunity for Ademola Lookman to show us many things. Having said all that, I don't think Mola is as effective playing on the right, he seems better suited to the left side.
They are a peculiar side Palace in that they tend to play better away from home, or so the results would indicate, but I see no reason why we can't carry on as we have been doing, Fulham performance being an exception.
Jamie, think you might be a bit harsh on Mina, okay he has been a bit injury prone, but apart from one calamitous performance he has not that been that bad in my eyes.
8 Posted 25/04/2019 at 23:16:25
DK, Jamie wasn't being harsh on Mina. He just doesn't want to see him pull that damn thing again.
9 Posted 25/04/2019 at 23:20:08
Agree with the squad not being up to the Europa League and giving Lookman a chance. Hopefully he has improved his all round game, like Richarlison has. A real bonus if he has. But Silva is more likely to play Walcott.
10 Posted 25/04/2019 at 23:31:27
11 Posted 26/04/2019 at 00:30:19
12 Posted 26/04/2019 at 04:23:24
I can see Schneiderlin and Walcott starting as we need the win to stand any chance of a top 7 finish and he won't experiment. Again, just my opinion.
13 Posted 26/04/2019 at 07:53:52
Would love to see Ademola given the chance against palace, his quick feet and speed would cause so many problems against their hack and hope defensive style.
14 Posted 26/04/2019 at 08:56:29
The team has looked its most settled since Richarlison has been moved right and Bernard left with either Gomes or Schneiderlin complimenting Gueye and letting a Sigurdsson does what Sigurdsson does.
I think the discipline goes completely out of the window when you start putting Davies next to Gueye as he wanders about too much and without having the skill or body strength of Gomes he struggles, thats where Silva got it spot on against United going with Schneiderlin because he simply sat next to Gueye and basically never gave Pogba a kick.
I cant see where Davies really fits into this team right now.
Same for Lookman, if he cant produce something more when he does play then its hard to see him forging a long term career here.
15 Posted 26/04/2019 at 12:36:58
Mike Gaynes has it right. I like Mina. Quite a bit in fact.
I wasn't being harsh. I literally want them to be very slow and prudent bringing him back so he doesn't end up hurt again.
16 Posted 26/04/2019 at 13:10:41
17 Posted 26/04/2019 at 13:35:49
I would love to see Lookman start but can't see it happening. I think Silva believes rightly or wrongly that Walcott is more consistent and works harder. Or perhaps it's a suggestion from Brands to get Walcott in the shop window and add a few mill to his price tag when he departs this summer? I doubt it.
18 Posted 26/04/2019 at 13:39:12
If Walcott is not available (recovering from a virus it seems), I could see Tosun in and DCL wide right – but I hope I'm wrong.
Maybe we should use this as an opportunity to play one of the young lads – Bowler or Gordon have looked exciting
19 Posted 26/04/2019 at 13:50:22
This could be a game for them to feel relaxed and play with confidence as Palace have little to go for and Zaha is the only threat they have. No decent games on tap today !!!!
20 Posted 26/04/2019 at 14:47:04
And will people please remember that lookman and Davies are young players who will develop in their own time and force their way into reckoning when Silva feels the time is right. Just because they have to wait for now doesn't mean they are going to be sold. Both are developing. So too DCL. It would be nice to see some rotation and some players getting a chance but we still need the points.
21 Posted 26/04/2019 at 15:16:19
22 Posted 26/04/2019 at 15:40:01
Lookman is a special talent. Whatever his weaknesses are, he needs the chance to work on them in a game. Our success lately has been based on really hard work, including by the front four, swarming, pressing and tracking back to make us very difficult to play against. I suspect this is where Silva doesnt trust him. None of us know what happens in training, if hes tried to work on this with Lookman and he hasnt responded too well, then you can understand Silva not wanting to pick him. As fans we see the flair Lookman has and want it to be given the freedom to show itself, but the managers neck is on the line and he may not feel Lookman contributes enough out of possession.
Either way, Lookman now needs to be given a chance to show what he can do. He may respond better to a match situation than training, and Silva will always be blamed for the situation if Lookman is never picked. Pick him, and if we all see a difference between Lookman and the rest of the team out of possession then at least well understand why hes not had a chance, but as it stands, its a bone of contention between the player, fans and manager.
PS. David, part of the problem is that Lookman wants to leave if hes not playing.
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