As expected, Mason Holgate has been ruled out of Everton's season-opening clash with Tottenham Hotspur but Carlo Ancelotti says that André Gomes and Yerry Mina are available.
Holgate sustained a toe injury in a lunging tackle on an opponent during the Blues' pre-season friendly with Preston and faces an as-yet unspecified amount of time on the sidelines.
The defender missed the last few games of last season with a shin injury and was deputised by young centre-half Jarrad Branthwaite but Ancelotti says that he thinks Mina, who was injured at the end of 2019-20 himself with a thigh problem, will be cleared to start alongside Michael Keane.
Mason Holgate limped out of the friendly with Preston with a toe injury
It had been anticipated that, together with Lewis Gibson, Branthwaite would be sent out on loan to play regular football and continue his development and that may yet happen before the transfer window closes next month.
Everton are known to be looking at strengthening in that area of the team and, having lost out to Arsenal for Gabriel, they have been linked strongly with a loan move for Fikayo Tomori.
There had been rumours yesterday that the club had reached an agreement with Chelsea to take the young England international for the season but, while negotiations are said to be ongoing, talk that he had already travelled to Merseyside for a medical was premature.
“I'm not aware of those conversations getting to a point where I will be talking about them,” Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said of Tomori today in his press conference. “He trained today and is in contention for Brighton.”
Ancelotti also indicated that Fabian Delph will be given a fitness test to see if he can be passed fit for the trip to North London. The midfielder has been working to get over a soft-tissue problem that has dogged him since June and forced him to miss all nine games under “Project Restart”.
Gomes, who had to leave Portugal's Nations League training camp with a minor injury, has trained as normal and will be in Everton's squad for the weekend.
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1 Posted 10/09/2020 at 15:45:28
Coleman Keane Mina Digne
Allan Gomes Doucoure
Walcott Calvert-Lewin Richarlison
2 Posted 10/09/2020 at 15:46:47
Steve , I think you have got the starting line up right there.
3 Posted 10/09/2020 at 15:48:47
Isn't Gomes injured? he was sent home by Portugal. I'd have though James is fitter at this point. If Carlo wants to work James in I would imagine Sig would be the man to play. Not that I would want that but just based on my sixth sense
4 Posted 10/09/2020 at 15:52:40
I'm not overly confident at getting a result against spurs, I'd take a draw at this stage given their firepower and our goalkeeper. So looking forward to seeing the new signings. I've not been this excited since we got Lukaku.
5 Posted 10/09/2020 at 15:53:58
6 Posted 10/09/2020 at 15:54:14
As for Sigurdsson ahead of Gomes, you may very well be right. Particularly if Gomes is not 100%, and I'm not talking fitness wise here. He might be fit, but just not be back to his best.
Dan, Carlo already said that Allan is ready, and he's been with us since before signing last Friday. Doucoure declared himself fit and ready last night. James looks fit and ready. The former two, though, should be more match fit, and perhaps, James might need to feel his way back into regular first team football and a game against Mourinho's Spurs is not the right one to start in.
7 Posted 10/09/2020 at 15:56:44
8 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:01:18
9 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:02:07
10 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:06:16
I think it was Yerry Mina? I know Keane injured his toe but he kept playing.
Yeah I see Docuore playing. The advantage he has is that he is well established in the prem. Whereas James being new here, Carlo may worry about Jose sending someone out to do a hatchet job on him and shake him up before he gets going.
I don't see much of a role for Bernard, Iwobi. With the three new guys in midfield none of them are wide boys. So four across the middle won't work. I suspect 4-3-3 with Walcott or Kean as the the third. Or wingbacks providing width with two up top. Either way I don't see where Bernard or Iwobi come into the picture.
11 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:07:29
12 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:09:03
13 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:10:17
lol. On Mina he said Carlo "thinks" Mina will be ready. Based on Mina's track record, if I see Mina anywhere other than in action I assume he is or will be unfit. So the "thinks" part is like a chasm of doubt to my mind.
14 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:12:06
15 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:22:34
He was also asked if more incomings can be expected. Of course, he is not going to say an out and out 'yes'. Rather, he said the three signings we've made are what we wanted. The window closes on 5th October and maybe there could be more business if an opportunity arises, but he stressed he was happy with what he has.
James again impressed with his answers. Specifically asked how influential was Carlo Ancelotti's presence at the club in his signing for the Blues, he simply replied 'Mucho.' A lot.
James again impressed in his answers. His desire. His understanding of 'the project'. The need to win things at Everton.
Full presser here. Forward it to around 9m 30s to get to the actual presser.
16 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:25:56
As for holgate ive just got this horrible feeling its going to be one of those injuries that just seams to go on for ever.
Gomes was sent back with a small knock, he wasnt going to play so portugal alowed him to go back to the club, hes been training as normal.
17 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:28:12
That is, the away teams travel and play the same day, rather than overnight as would be the case in normal conditions?
This is a considerable mitigating circumstance that hinders the away team and helps the home team.
The last game v Spurs was a dreadful affair. Both teams extremely poor, only won on a fortunate deflected own goal by Keane.
Being the first game of a new season in a completely different football calendar and so little time for a proper pre-season, it's anybody's guess how games will go.
Be nice to see some of the new boys play right from the off though.
18 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:32:09
Mourhino is encouraging them to be dirty bustards out on the pitch which may explain Sons tackle on Gomes last season.
I believe what goes around comes around and I wouldn't be disappointed if Son gets clattered early doors. Kane has looked short of pace since his injury but I am concerned about Moura and Son who can both run at defences and score goals.
I don't rate Mat Doherty nor Davies neither of whom are a patch on Kyle Walker and Danny Rose so I hope we can exploit the full back areas and with Vertonghen now gone and LLoris in decline I hope we can get a few.
Cant see us keeping a clean sheet so i'll go with 2-1 to us in a tight boring game.
19 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:33:08
20 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:35:47
More concerning, the pairing of Keane and Mina, which has never inspired confidence. Kane will be licking his lips. I would expect it to be:
Coleman Keane Mina Digne
James Allan Doucoure Iwobi
21 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:37:08
Carlo is asked in today's presser if he watched the Spurs documentary. He smiled and said he had, that it was typical of every professional football club and that Mourinho shows himself to be a good 'dressing room manager'.
22 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:44:10
23 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:45:49
He got fouled a number of times.
Carlo should be taking a leaf out of that unpleasant ex Manure manager Ferguson this weekend by calling in advance for "a strong referee." Putting a bit of pressure on the officials often worked for the Manure.
24 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:50:47
Dont know if you can get the series or have watched it but I'm up to episode 4 and after Jose's initial motivational speech it seems some of the players are still disenchanted and Mourhino gives the same team talk before every game.
" I want you to play with confidence, grit and determination" and it wears off after a few games especially losses and there's even a couple of games where he asks Kane to do the team talk.
Thanks for that Covid link BTW it was very enlightening. I went for a retest yesterday and am Hoping to be cleared for normal service to resume although I do still get tired once ive been up for a couple of hours.
Hope you and the family are still doing ok..
Not at all what I expected but very interesting nonetheless with plenty of industrial language thrown in.
25 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:54:27
I remember Cahill has Metatursal problems for a long time but didn't Hibbert have some kind of a "knock" also that mean he was "doubtful for the next game" every week for about the last two years of his career.
26 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:55:07
27 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:57:56
Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne
Walcott, Allan, Doucoure, Gordon.
Would take the draw now and no more injuries.
28 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:58:14
Nice to hear you are doing well. I hope the test results give you a clean bill of health. Got my 'sign off' from the neurologist just yesterday. After four months of deeply frustrating symptoms which prevented me from performing anything like a 'normal life', the last 3 weeks I've been symptom and drug-free. A corner definitely turned.
Glad you found the article interesting. As for this quote at the end:
'Not at all what I expected but very interesting nonetheless with plenty of industrial language thrown in.'
Are you talking about the Spurs documentary or the CV-19 article???!!! If the latter, I think I may have sent you the wrong link!
Keep safe! Keep healthy!
29 Posted 10/09/2020 at 16:58:49
I feel like Jose has really done a number on Spurs. They were style wise a halfway house between City and the RS but he has turned them into a dour Moyes type of side. Hojberg, being the typical kind of industrious but limited player to destroy dreams. Consequently, I am not anywhere as worried about their goal threat as I was when the smashed us at Goodison a few years back.
30 Posted 10/09/2020 at 17:03:46
31 Posted 10/09/2020 at 17:21:02
Should be a fairly cagey, even game. Maybe a 1-1.
32 Posted 10/09/2020 at 17:47:04
Several dreadful mistakes in the first game and, in the second game, he got injured diving into a tackle after he'd lost control of the ball. Hopefully, he can recover the form he showed last season.
33 Posted 10/09/2020 at 17:53:25
With our new players giving us some much needed toughness, shape and creativity, hopefully Tottenham will have a bit more to worry about than Just Richie this time.
34 Posted 10/09/2020 at 17:59:44
35 Posted 10/09/2020 at 18:07:48
Gough did a job for us but the task then was simply to avoid the drop. Ivanovic's is past it his mind has totally gone.
36 Posted 10/09/2020 at 18:09:52
37 Posted 10/09/2020 at 18:19:40
Superman spinning the world backwards was also pretty strange.
38 Posted 10/09/2020 at 18:20:32
39 Posted 10/09/2020 at 18:41:04
Yes Kane is back and a threat but the centre back partnership they had in Alderwireld and Vertonghen was very strong and that has also deteriorated.
Having said all that It's never been much of a happy hunting ground for Everton but without a crowd and both teams probably with newer faces, it's more than likely be a scrappy game.
If Everton's defence can play soundly then they have a real chance of getting something.
40 Posted 10/09/2020 at 18:42:42
41 Posted 10/09/2020 at 18:44:57
We need to show intent and get winning from the off. Starting with anything close to last seasons midfield would be an absolute disgrace.
Mina and Keane at the back will be fine if the midfield does its job. A bit of debut magic from someone and we could easily get the win.
42 Posted 10/09/2020 at 19:15:02
He played 29 times last season. Had he not been rushed back due to Holgate's injury in post-lockdown, that could have been more.
Also, Gibson will play ahead of Branthwaite, I am sure, if they're both still here.
43 Posted 10/09/2020 at 19:37:12
44 Posted 10/09/2020 at 20:08:43
You don't rate Matt Docherty? Try having a look at his stats from last season. I'm still shocked they sold him to Spurs.
I find it hard to see how Mina is match fit. Having said that, our midfield in front of him is 100% stronger.
45 Posted 10/09/2020 at 20:18:08
One from a relegated team with ability
Two with ability but left out in the cold by current managers
Isn't this the type of player the stats man in the film would bring to Brad Pitt's attention.
Guess what happened to that team when it gelled?
46 Posted 10/09/2020 at 20:37:34
What I want to see is a no glitz, pinch a goal, victory. No euphoria, just then move onto the next game, repeat and move on. Make us unbeatable in a business-like professional manner.
Leave the head-turning performances until the turn of the year. It's endurance we need, no settling for a draw, we just need to be clever and manage games.
47 Posted 10/09/2020 at 21:04:25
It depends what formation Carlo plays as to who is in that midfield; however, I think Doucouré is a cert starter as he knows the game and is naturally fit.
Son is their danger man as he has a go himself or feeds Kane; if we can stop his runs we can pinch this one.
I predict 2-1 Everton and the Sky pundits sit up!
48 Posted 10/09/2020 at 21:23:54
49 Posted 10/09/2020 at 21:25:34
We can definitely win this game!! Come on!!!
My team away at spurs would be:
A 4-5-1 without the ball and a 4-3-3 with it.
50 Posted 10/09/2020 at 21:28:45
I'm looking forward to watching our new midfield players, and just pray it's with actions rather than words when thinking about the way Delph carried on early last season.
51 Posted 10/09/2020 at 21:42:57
52 Posted 10/09/2020 at 21:43:16
Hopefully Carlo will get them in quickly as soon as considered fit enough not to pick up any stupid injuries. I mean, even if these 3 virtually stood still for 90 minutes it would be a huge improvement on the last season's midfield performances.
53 Posted 10/09/2020 at 21:44:53
55 Posted 10/09/2020 at 22:03:08
Steve I stand corrected I made 2 plus 3 equal 5 after watching Mourhino tell them to be dirty bastards.
56 Posted 10/09/2020 at 22:06:12
I believe our game is only available on Peacock in the US. Can anyone confirm?
57 Posted 10/09/2020 at 22:43:53
So has Peacock taken over from NBC Sports. I'm caught up on Big Brother and Dr Who so I guess I'll switch out CBS or Britbox for Peacock.
58 Posted 10/09/2020 at 23:07:25
59 Posted 10/09/2020 at 23:08:20
60 Posted 10/09/2020 at 23:14:51
Cheers for the info. I didn't love the NBC Gold platform but overall I've liked the NBC coverage better than Fox with Max Bretos.
61 Posted 10/09/2020 at 23:34:31
62 Posted 11/09/2020 at 00:08:01
Or is he in a retirement home for bent referees?
63 Posted 11/09/2020 at 00:41:50
Matt #49, I agree with the team you have predicted except for Mina who cannot be anywhere near match fit. I think I would sooner start Lewis Gibson given the cover he will have with Allen and Doucoure.
64 Posted 11/09/2020 at 01:14:16
65 Posted 11/09/2020 at 08:58:44
Don't expect a free-flowing, high-scoring game; a draw would be a good result for us (and that's not thinking negative before anyone kicks-off, just realistic).
I can see Allan and Doucouré starting with James coming on at some stage, probably for Gomes when he starts to get knackered and give away silly fouls.
66 Posted 11/09/2020 at 09:29:49
67 Posted 11/09/2020 at 11:09:33
However, having said that, we are all buzzing on here about our new acquisitions, which I'm sure apart from those who's positions are under threat, are buzzing too, and I would imagine, feelings and spirits are high in the camp.
I don't believe that an away win in London, (a rarity I know, hitherto) is beyond the realms of a possibility, and would be a brilliant way to kick start our new season off in style.
68 Posted 11/09/2020 at 11:15:42
69 Posted 11/09/2020 at 11:23:17
With Allan around Spurs will have plenty to think about if they target Richi again as he is unlikely to allow it to happen. I think Tom will start alongside Allan with Doucoure in between them moving further forward and James on the bench. Theo wide right purely because we dont have anyone else who is comfortable there.
It will be fascinating to see how Carlo intends to play now he has a midfield with aggression and creativity- its very early days but Spurs will give us a good test.
70 Posted 11/09/2020 at 13:26:18
71 Posted 11/09/2020 at 14:28:38
Glad we have a day to experiment with it before we play on Sunday.
72 Posted 11/09/2020 at 14:33:16
73 Posted 11/09/2020 at 15:13:39
Peacock is starting to sound like one of NBC's former employees. "We are going to build a platform, it's going to be huge, and we're not going to pay for it." OK nice but where the Hell is it?
74 Posted 11/09/2020 at 18:06:03
75 Posted 11/09/2020 at 18:08:09
Spurs V Everton is there.
Dont know why NBC is not showing such a high profile game.
76 Posted 11/09/2020 at 18:10:42
77 Posted 11/09/2020 at 18:13:17
78 Posted 11/09/2020 at 18:13:29
79 Posted 11/09/2020 at 18:13:41
80 Posted 11/09/2020 at 18:15:27
81 Posted 11/09/2020 at 18:32:58
All too often last season they were all over the place making it much easier for the opposition to get to dangerous positions.
It may take a few games for the new lads to settle in so I am not expecting a blockbuster start and certainly hope they can avoid any more injuries etc.
82 Posted 11/09/2020 at 18:38:04
83 Posted 11/09/2020 at 18:51:04
Jamie #79, if he's up above me now, he's choking on orange ash.
84 Posted 11/09/2020 at 18:57:36
85 Posted 11/09/2020 at 19:26:42
Exactly as I see it. It all needs to build from there. Doucouré and Allan should go 75% of the way to achieving this if they perform.
86 Posted 11/09/2020 at 20:21:24
As to Jay's question, I'm not sure why NBC isn't showing the match, especially since it's the only one on at that time. I'm guessing they're contractually obligated to stream a certain number of matches on Peacock, and the week 1 schedule is wonky because the two Manchester matches were postponed.
87 Posted 11/09/2020 at 20:26:28
Yes, I'm kidding.
88 Posted 11/09/2020 at 20:38:34
Well, I checked the guide last night and it *had* been updated... to Arsenal vs West Ham. I was obviously confused, until I realized... it's the Women's Super League!
89 Posted 11/09/2020 at 23:32:29
I was quite used to NBC sports gold and the annual renewable subs.
Anyway we haven't lost an opening game in 8 seasons and we haven't beaten Spurs since 2010. Aren't we due at least a bit of luck.
90 Posted 12/09/2020 at 01:02:08
Also, the only place I've found the Peacock App other than mobile is on XBox. I understand that they are still in talks with other platforms like Samsung Smart TV's.
91 Posted 12/09/2020 at 15:02:39
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