Everton are hopeful that Jonas Lössl will recover in time from a calf problem to be in contention for a starting role against Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.
The Dane, a summer acquisition after he was released by Huddersfield Town, had to pull out of last Friday's squad that faced Aston Villa when he picked up the problem in training.
Maarten Stekelenburg took his place on the bench at Villa Park while teenager Harry Tyrer was promoted to the first-team squad that travelled as cover but the Dutch veteran, Stekelenburg, emerged as a surprise target for Real Madrid over the weekend and could yet leave Everton before the European transfer window closes on 2nd September.
Marco Silva is expected to hand one of his back-up goalkeepers the opportunity to play at Sincil Bank in the League Cup second round tie and while the Liverpool Echo report that the club's medical staff don't expect Lössl to be sidelined for long, he is a doubt for Wednesday.
Reader Comments (51)
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 26/08/2019 at 06:10:56
2 Posted 26/08/2019 at 07:57:04
3 Posted 26/08/2019 at 08:15:33
It is a vital game and a tricky game at the same time.
Lose this, and make no mistake if we turn up half cocked, we will lose it, then already our season is hitting the doldrums before we even enter September.
Lincoln gave us a tough match in January at Goodison, theyll do the same again at Sincil Bank so we need to go there with our strongest team and get the job done ASAP.
4 Posted 26/08/2019 at 09:38:28
There is absolutely no reason nor justification to replace Pickford with a keeper of less ability. Nor should the changes in outfield players be anything other than to strengthen/improve after Friday's dismal display. We want to see our team win comfortably on Wed and, ideally, to hammer them. Why compromise?
5 Posted 26/08/2019 at 09:46:12
Considering Silva is allegedly a Manager that pays attention to detail and believes in intensive training methods, how do we have so many injuries early on?
Many of those injuries are to players who have not even kicked a ball yet in the Premier League.
6 Posted 26/08/2019 at 11:27:50
This represents virtually our only chance of silverware now, the FA Cup is becoming a closed shop for the big six so Im really hoping we go hell for leather in the League Cup this season.
7 Posted 26/08/2019 at 12:01:58
Especially in the Cup Competitions, where it is a lot down to the luck of the draw, but with the right attitude and a matter of 7 or 8 games, it can be done.
8 Posted 26/08/2019 at 13:03:12
I agree with you.
When you are a club outside the top six the one thing you really do need to display on a Cup run is a bit of steel, some guts and some leadership, something we had in abundance in 1995.
I do worry that there are still far too many flakey characters in the Everton team.
9 Posted 26/08/2019 at 13:25:11
So don't expect the strongest side on Wednesday. Mind you, it's difficult to pick a strongest side these days.
10 Posted 26/08/2019 at 13:43:07
Might I suggest silva actually starts giving a damn about the Cups and tries to bring this club some kind of silverware.
We had a manager in Moyes for 11 years that was only interested in league placings on his CV but to be fair to Moyes, more often than not money was tighter than a ducks arse.
Theres no longer any kind of excuses financially at Everton now as to why we cant compete on all fronts, this club has spent too lavishly in recent years to just be happy with 7th or 8th place finishes anymore.
11 Posted 26/08/2019 at 13:46:26
Play strongest defence, they need time and practice together because I simply don't think they are good enough.
Gomes and Siggy rest to prevent needless injuries, tell Schnides and DCL its their final chance to impress, I personally hope it will be Schnides last ever game for us.
Play Baines or Davies for Gomes and Iwobi for Siggy swapping with Bernard to play left.
Hopefully win and plan for Sunday. Wolves will be a really tough test and we need to prove ourselves and hopefully the shooting practice will pay off.
12 Posted 26/08/2019 at 13:47:51
I hope Pats wrong and Silva, is not another Moyes, because at the end of the day a serious manager should be more interested in winning a cup, than coming 6th, even in this present “all about the money climate”
But before a ball has been kicked, the I told you sos on different threads are already about to write off another season, which has already got me listening to Peter Gabriel, In the Humdrum, just hoping that Silva can get us cooking like an hard boiled egg.
13 Posted 26/08/2019 at 14:07:28
14 Posted 26/08/2019 at 14:33:23
Seriously, we need to target this Cup, go as far as we can. You are right, with the money awarded to clubs for each finishing position it is influencing team selections in the cups. Nonsense. We need a trophy. A day out at Wembley for the kids who loyally follow home and away.
On another note Tony, and from previous posts a kid who plays the position you played. If this McNeill kid at Burnley does not go all the way I will be very surprised. 19 years of age. One for the January window perhaps?
15 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:00:53
DCL has worked hard for 2 years up front but hes limited in terms of what we desperately need and thats a forward that can instantly cause havoc and create fear and worry into defences, also someone who can score some goals.
Moise Kean came on and instantly started worrying Villas defence and his good work put the ball on a plate to Walcott, whos finish was woeful.
As much as we may now loathe Romelu Lukaku, he was another one who when on his game could create major worry for opposing teams, we had a striker then who teams feared, he scored loads of goals, he scared teams with pace and power and probably for his last two seasons here was mainly unplayable, we were just let down back then by a shocking defence.
Anyway the point being is not about telling anyone its their last chance, nobody is that harsh or ruthless, DCL as I say has worked hard but his numbers are atrocious lets not avoid that fact.
Hes scored three goals since December last year and has not netted since the first week of March, no matter how hard you work, as number 9 thats a damning return of goals.
Moise Kean must start on Wednesday, so too Iwobi, these two players almost rescued a joke performance on Friday night.
16 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:08:15
17 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:09:26
Delph, if he plays, won't be match fit, nor Davies. Richie looks like he needs a rest and DCL is getting nowhere, so we may see Walcott and Tosun. Coleman and Digne may also be rested in favour of Baines and Sid, assuming they're 'ready'. You can see Silva's dilemma. He can't afford to be too bothered about the Cup, as we've already seen.
18 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:24:21
This is Col Lössl.
19 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:27:20
If Silva plays Lössl or Stekelenburg, and they let a soft one in and we are KO'd by Lincoln City?
Don't want to even think about it.
20 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:28:30
21 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:42:42
I can imagine if Lincoln score first then well all be dreading it going to a penalty shootout at best, and thats a pure lottery.
22 Posted 26/08/2019 at 16:25:45
23 Posted 26/08/2019 at 16:26:32
In all seriousness we do not look fit enough to give the same XI two matches in the same week. Some of them barely look fit enough to finish one!
Do we prioritise Lincoln or Wolves?
I'd be interested to try this team vs Lincoln
Sidibe Keane Mina Digne
Iwobi Schneiderlin Gomes
Richarlison Calvert-Lewin Kean
Partly that's one of our tallest and fastest teams but also that should give us goals. I expect Kean to play CF mainly for us but putting him on the LW should give a chance to get on the ball more and run at the defence. Plus him and Richarlison can run past DCL and hopefully get onto any flick-ons.
Iwobi in the middle gives us someone who can effectively carry the ball forward and help us progress up the pitch. He's a creator more than a scorer and should be able to link well with forwards.
24 Posted 26/08/2019 at 17:37:44
25 Posted 26/08/2019 at 20:19:33
I sincerely hope that this year could be our year, and this is the Competition we have the most chance in, anyway none of us are the Manager, but collectively I think we could strategize better, prove me (us) wrong Marco!
26 Posted 26/08/2019 at 20:20:17
Yes, Im not sure if Delph is fit yet. If he is then Id probably play him instead of Gomes who seems to me like hes still a bit injured and was far worse than Schneiderlin in the Villa match.
27 Posted 26/08/2019 at 20:57:06
Regarding Wednesday, l wouldn't be surprised to see the front 4 that ended the game on Friday start it. Plus of course possible starts for Sidibe, Baines and Davies. I wouldn't mind a change of formation... but won't hold my breath.
28 Posted 26/08/2019 at 20:58:02
29 Posted 26/08/2019 at 21:00:24
30 Posted 26/08/2019 at 21:07:35
31 Posted 26/08/2019 at 22:13:53
I expect Burnley to have a good season by there standards, because they have a sensible manager who plays with-in their means, and they also have a lot of stability in their club because of this.
Mad what people see when watching football, because I dont feel like Im blinkered, but maybe I am blinkered in my sheer contempt for Sniderlin, because if I ever played with a footballer like him in midfield, the first thing I would tell him is to stop passing the fucking buck.
32 Posted 26/08/2019 at 22:24:50
33 Posted 26/08/2019 at 22:51:04
I'm glad you enjoyed Cameron, Andy, but I bet you enjoyed June's breakfast more, but maybe if we leave without a deal, mate, Liverpool might just find it's on the right side of the country (I fuckin despise Boris Johnson) and a trade deal with the equally horrible idiotic Trump, might just help Our city really prosper again?
Andy I would love to return to Belfast mate, because although I've done quite a lot of travelling, I've never been to many places where you can instantly feel a soul, and this is how I remember Belfast, from my early teenage years, so of course I'd love to go again and see if it's still the same, now that time has really moved on.
34 Posted 27/08/2019 at 02:33:20
Pickford is our best keeper, so pick him.
I will never understand the reasoning behind playing your weaker keeper for the cups, especially when managing a club like Everton who quite simply have no chance of winning the league. What I mean is why would any keeper want to be treated for one of only 2 competitions we can actually win.
If you play your 2nd keeper and get all the way do you stick with him ?
If so wouldn't Jordan feel as though he will literally never win a trophy with the blues ?
For me now I'd go with 90% of my preferred players, with 2 or 3 positions freshened up to give lads a route to the first team.
Davies should be in now due to poor form and injury throughout the midfield.
Baines is still quality and will easily have enough to rest Digne.
Holgate could easily fill in to save Colemans legs for a game, and Iwobi could be used to free up Sigurdsson as he is a big player for us despite his poor start to the season.
Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Mina, Baines.
Schneiderlin, Davies, Bernard
Richalison, DCL /Kean, Iwobi
DCL needs a goal and he done well against Lincon last season, same could be said for Kean and Richalison in terms of needing a goal also.
This should be plenty good enough to put on a show and maybe build up confidence.
35 Posted 27/08/2019 at 04:16:04
Gomes since his initial purple patch has been gash imo. He gets caught on the ball far too often and gives free-kicks away in dangerous positions.
36 Posted 27/08/2019 at 04:19:04
I would advocate really going at them getting 2 or three up (hopefully) and then giving some players a rest second half.
37 Posted 27/08/2019 at 04:54:23
Lössl or Stekelenburg
Sidibe Keane Holgate Baines
Davies Delph Gomes
Kean Calvert-Lewin Iwobi
Subs: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Tosun, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin
38 Posted 27/08/2019 at 06:18:03
I strongly doubt they're as frightened of this game as we are.
39 Posted 27/08/2019 at 06:49:09
As for should we field our strongest side? If we can't tweak the team to either try something different or give some of our EPL squad a run out against lower league opposition then we really are in for, at least, a disappointing season.
40 Posted 27/08/2019 at 11:07:08
Strongest 11 should play in my opinion, it's ridiculous that a club the size of Everton have never won this trophy even if it has been seen as inferior over the years.
41 Posted 27/08/2019 at 12:01:57
Yes, it's nice to win all games and yes, Everton have never won it but they have been basically a non-entity over the years.
There will be changes for the Lincoln game and no doubt it will be another ''tough'' game for whatever eleven Silva starts with.
I don't think it matters who starts in goal.
43 Posted 27/08/2019 at 18:50:49
We are far better than them and need to show up for once
The FA Cup game at Millwall was disgraceful and we don't need that bollocks again.
DCL would make a really good midfield player, he could learn a new role and graft his arse off because it's fair to say he is struggling up front. I want him to succeed but it wont be as a striker. In front of the back four with his height and work rate is a place that he could make his own
Just an idea
44 Posted 27/08/2019 at 19:02:50
That though worryingly leaves us pretty short for options up front, especially if Tosun and Niasse leave before the Euro Window closure.
Richarlison can obviously fill that role as too could Iwobi, so as to alleviate any undue pressure and expectation on Moise Kean, however I always felt that Richie was more effective on the right. (but not recently)
For fear of beating an old drum again ideally we should be getting goals from all departments and not, as we have done of late been relying on an out of position non-striker.
45 Posted 27/08/2019 at 19:08:05
46 Posted 27/08/2019 at 19:53:32
47 Posted 27/08/2019 at 19:55:26
48 Posted 27/08/2019 at 20:16:29
49 Posted 27/08/2019 at 21:44:33
If I remember correctly even a Moyes Everton lost to Shrewsbury the year they got relegated to the conference.
50 Posted 27/08/2019 at 22:55:33
A few weeks ago I suggested that as a last resort and to save the lads Everton career DCL could be tried in the midfield.
51 Posted 28/08/2019 at 00:48:48
52 Posted 28/08/2019 at 06:06:43
Apparently Tosun has turned down a loan to a German club as he prefers to stay at Goodison.
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.