Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin's absence will be a significant blow to Everton as he misses out through injury for the first time this season

Everton get back to Premier League action this evening with a trip to Molineux to face one of their rivals for European qualification in the form of Wolves.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side begin this round of matches sitting in 13th place, however, seven points below the Blues having won just once in their last six Premier League matches.

That victory came at home to Chelsea almost a month ago and their run of less-then-spectacular form has largely coincided with the loss of striker Raul Jiminez who fractured his skull at the end of November and has been sidelined ever since.

In his absence, the Midlanders had scored just four goals until they went to Brighton on 2nd January and put three past the Seagulls in a match they should have won but ended up drawing 3-3.

Wolves followed that with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Third Round last Friday, a sign perhaps that they are stabilising their form in the absence of their marksman.

For Everton, this fixture marks a return to one of their more depressing results from last season, one which they lost 3-0 on the back of as poor a performance as Carlo Ancelotti has overseen in his time in charge.

The Toffees will also be without their main marksman and their best alternative will have to undergo a fitness test before it is determined whether he is fit enough to play.

That's because Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been ruled out after sustaining a hamstring injury Richarlison is a doubt for the game at Molineux, potentially leaving Cenk Tosun as the only fit striker.

Calvert-Lewin striker has been practically ever-present for the Blues in the Premier League but played no part in the FA Cup win over Rotherham on Saturday and he has now realised one of the Blues' biggest concerns by picking up a problem that deprives the team of its top scorer.

“He had a little problem during the week before the game against West Ham," the manager said of Calvert-Lewin today. "The fact that he'd never had this kind of injury before meant he was not able to judge 100 per cent himself.

“He played against West Ham, so this means it's not a really important injury, but we want to keep him safe and to be 100 per cent when he comes back.

"Richarlison, we have to wait to train today to make a decision on this."

On Allan, who has been out of action since he suffered up a hamstring injury at Leicester in mid-December, Ancelotti said that the Brazilian could be back "in around 10 to 15 days”.

It means that the usual suspects are options in midfield where Abdoulaye Doucouré, a player who has emerged as a vital presence in the centre, will almost certainly walk back into the starting XI having been named on the bench against Rotherham.

Gylfi Sigurdsson could also return to the line-up, with Tom Davies as the anchor, James Rodriguez deployed on one flank and Alex Iwobi on the other.

At the back, Jordan Pickford should rotate back in and as harsh as it would be on Ben Godfrey following his sterling efforts as an emergency left-back, it would not be a surprise to see Yerry Mina come back in to partner Michael Keane.

Lucas Digne, expected to make his second start since making a rapid recovery from ankle surgery, might have the most testing role, though, as he will have to contend with the pace of Adama Traore while the midfield and defence as a whole will have to be mindful of the invention and movement of players like Daniel Podence.

With their respective injury concerns to their strikers, this one has the hallmarks of a draw which wouldn't be the worst result in the world for Everton when you consider what happened here last time out.

However, Ancelotti will be keen to get back to winning ways after dropping points against West Ham on New Year's Day and if his charges can keep it tight and perhaps repeat what they did at Leicester and Sheffield United, no Blue would be complaining.

Kick-off: 8:15pm, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 on Sky Sports
Referee: Martin Atkinson
VAR: Jonathan Moss

Last Time: Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 - 0 Everton

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Davies, Doucouré, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Rodriguez, Richarlison

 

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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 11/01/2021 at 14:37:20
We've gone from slime chance, to no chance of winning tomorrow.
Brian Murray
2 Posted 11/01/2021 at 14:42:00
This is all making Brands look a bit daft and amateurish to put it mildly. Are they saying to us they are happy with a woefully below level Tosun and an untried Simms as back up. Now that is Everton that as they say. The window is open and this striker we have screamed for for how many years is still not signed. Not to mention the full back and winger. Get a grip blues before all this good work goes to waste.
Michael Lynch
3 Posted 11/01/2021 at 14:48:45
Park the bus, stick Ellis Simms up front as a cut-price DCL and hoof it to him
Jim Bennings
4 Posted 11/01/2021 at 14:49:14
Beggars belief really how given the money we have spent over the last few years when one injury to a centre forward leaves us looking remotely likely to score.

Why does this club never see potential for injuries during a season?

The fact we have to play Tosun now, a poor Sam Allardyce signing, away from home in two tough looking Premier League matches, it's just embarrassing.

Sort it out Carlo lad and get that Brands in the office today and tell him to start delivering or get him shipped out.

Brian Murray
5 Posted 11/01/2021 at 14:53:04
So far Carlo has shown no let’s say bravery in trying anyone who’s young or not sure of so brace yourself for the Turkish Bernie the bolt again. All so unnecessary if Brands or Unsworth are doing their jobs proper. Why employ them if they can’t find solutions.
Christy Ring
6 Posted 11/01/2021 at 14:53:36
So Calvert-Lewin had a little problem before the West Ham game, but played, and now they've discovered it's a hamstring injury? Unbelievable. Tosun who was sent on loan last season because he's not good enough, is our only other striker. We let Kean, our £30m striker go on loan, and not bother bringing in cover. You couldn't make it up. I just hope Richarlison can train today.
Jay Harris
7 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:05:59
Its not just cover for DCL we need its a goalscoring MF player.

We have been lacking goals from MF for years. Some thought initially Tom Davies might solve the problem but while United bring in the likes of Fernandes we still have not brought anyone in to help with the goalscoring.

I guess we will keep on relying on Mina and Keane for a KITAP1 tactic.

Brian Murray
8 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:14:50
Michael post 3. There’s no way Simms will make his bow until the last ten minutes when we are two down. Sorry to sound like a the end is nigh Ian Edwards but he has got point.
Derek Cowell
9 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:18:28
Best we can hope for is two dour backs to the wall 0-0 away results coming up. It will be like big Sam all over again. I would probably take them anyway from these two games.
Jim Bennings
10 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:19:43
Jay

Fair point, in truth you should expect a combined 25 goals from midfield, wide men included.

Look at Gomes, Allan, Sigurdsson, Davies, Bernard, Iwobi and how many will they get between them, about 6 if lucky.

James and Doucoure should but don't score as many as I first envisaged.

A striker as cover for DCL is imperative however.

As a whole unit though we just don't committ enough men to score goals under Ancelotti.

Gavin Johnson
11 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:20:26
It's going to be a dour game to watch
Derek Cowell
12 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:20:29
Even shots on target from us may be in short supply. I doubt these games will be any good for the neutrals!
Eddie Dunn
13 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:26:07
i wouldn't put too much faith in Ancelotti's pronouncements. He has previous in misleading all and sundry. Expect Richarlison to play.
Paul Niklas
15 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:30:00
So basically the garbage that was displayed on Saturday will now attempt to beat Wolves who are in my opinion a better team than we are in so many ways. Pace, football ability, technical. We are getting worse not better on any front. We lose Richarlson but he's gone in the summer anyway, Lewin injured. Tosun third rate striker on his way somewhere. Thats the strength of our strike force assembled by Brands and Ancellotti or if you like ignored by Ancelloti. Not to have offensive cover is negligent in the extreme and is not even supported by an offensive midfield thats slower than most teams. Add a defence thats hardly consistent and indeed Ancelloti doesn't know who to play there which says it all. 30 years of the same old same old is not a blip its the way we are destined to be. Prove me wrong for once Everton.
Thomas Richards
16 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:34:13
Yet in spite of all that.....
Rob Halligan
17 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:35:04
So we can expect a 0-0 draw then tomorrow, seeing as their only goal threat is out for the foreseeable!!
Tom Bowers
18 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:44:25
So, some players return and now we get this bad news.
Hard to see much reward at Molineaux tomorrow without our main goalscorer and maybe Richie to boot.

This is where we lag behind the top teams by not being able to go to the strength in depth as they have.

With the options of Tosun, Bernard, Siggy or Gordon it is likely a rearguard action might be employed which never works out much for Everton.

Derek Knox
19 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:48:17
Michael @ 3, with all due respect, not exactly a good technical game plan, but I'm pretty much with you on that. The defence is pretty sound if not tinkered with too much it's the lack of creativity in midfield that worries me, so why not give Ellis Simms a run out. Tosun (Brillo) the ' Turkish Lada with the Sliding Roof ', does not instil any confidence in me up front whatsoever.

As has been mentioned many times, the lad is a technically good scorer but only when it's on a plate, the game generally seems to pass him by, as being too quick for his style of playing. This was exemplified on Saturday when he was anonymous before getting the first goal. His second which was well taken, but disallowed again proves that point again, where was he in any build up? (which were few and far between)

Alan J Thompson
20 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:50:10
We could play Bolasie up front as he has the size...oh, no, we didn't name him in the squad, now how did that happen after the last time?
Pat Kelly
21 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:51:19
Now all we have to worry about is who's backup to Tosun. Why did we ever let Oumar go ?
Len Hawkins
22 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:51:50
Remember the good old days when the reserve centre forward would step up and play or Mike Lyons, Richarlison has not lit the place up since he came back so it looks like the Tonsorially Troubled Turk Tosun will have to lead the line.
Jim Bennings
23 Posted 11/01/2021 at 15:55:18
Rob 17

If you offered me the 0-0 draw now I'd snap the old mitten off you.

Ralph Basnett
24 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:05:16
Put Siggi up front, at least he can’t cause us any problems their.
Mal van Schaick
25 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:07:13
It’s what we knew early doors, any injuries to key players and we don’t have quality back up. If and when this is addressed with a stronger strength in depth squad we would have a chance of maintaining a good league position. Costa is available.
Jerome Shields
26 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:11:12
Tosun will probably lead the attack. He will not fulfil the role of Calvert Lewin, because he is a different type of player. The tactics and formation will have to be different with more final third interplay and passing. Tosun had a good game against Rotherham, now he is going to have to step up, as will the players surrounding him. Everton had one of the worse pass completion rates in the final third in the Premiership , which has improved a bit since James arrived.

The middle field performances of the Rotherham game has no chance against Wolves. That's where the biggest problem could be.

Sims probably will. be back up, unless Ancelotti has someone in mind as a make shift Centre Forward.

Oumar Naisse is still living in Liverpool , trying to. link up with Big Sam in Birmingham.

Barry Williams
27 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:11:55
It may have been Rotherham in the cup, but when all said and done, Tosun, in his first start for an age, scored a very well taken goal, was unlucky not to have 2, and went close on another occasion. His hold up play leaves a bit to be desired, but he is good at running onto a through pass, and we have James back, who, as it proved at the weekend, can knit nice little passes through the middle.

Ancelotti has shown he can adapt the horses for courses technique, so it will ben interesting to see how Tosun performs.

Kevin Molloy
28 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:19:05
Reduced to playing Brazil's no 9 as our makeshift strikeforce, when will this nightmare end
James Lauwervine
29 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:20:59
Disappointing news, but I thought Tosun did okay on Saturday. Took his first goal well and would have had two if his eyebrow hadn't been offside. What is it with his spray-on hair by the way?
Dan Nulty
30 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:24:04
All this doom!

I'm feeling positive, we have a history of young strikers coming in and doing really well in their break through season before they end up being average at best. Simms therefore should do well tomorrow. Bring it on. Richarlison will play, kidology from carlo

John Boswell
31 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:25:25
Woe, woe and thrice woe, as the late Frankie Howard would have put it, ever so theatrically, with a raised eyebrow.
Come on ToffeeWebbers, nothing has changed, yet, from the season start. We have selection difficulties so the fringe players must roll up their sleeves and play for the, badge, shirt, contract, fans, whatever. Carlo will devise a strategy to be performed by the playets that he has available and we will see what happens.
I am looking forward to the team applying themseves collectively for the cause and to put last season's embarrassment behind them.
Until the club can change personnel, it is what it is. Come on blues, show the wolves what you are made of. COYB.
Eddie Dunn
32 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:26:27
There is always the option of sticking Mina up top.
Eddie Dunn
33 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:26:27
There is always the option of sticking Mina up top.
Jerome Shields
34 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:26:53
Barry #27

It's the ability to run into a through pass and the fact that James and Gordon can provide such a pass is the main hope. Tosun has only played twice with James and once with Gordan. . In the Rotherham game and as a isolated sub in the West Ham game.

Throughout his career at Everton Tosun has never played with a player who could play a through pass till now.

Brian Wilkinson
35 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:30:29
I agree with others Tosun did alright in the cup, the service and support to him is the problem.

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Rob Dolby
36 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:40:00
Stating the obvious if DCL and Richarleson don't play we will seriously struggle for goals.

Wolves have struggled to score goals themselves so this could be a very dour game.

Another chance for fringe players to stake a claim for the shirt and players to show some character.

This just highlights the lack of strength in the squad. Man city have recently played without a recognised striker knowing that their 6 man midfield have enough quality and goals in them to control games. I would love us to try something similar but we don't have the quality in midfield to be successful.

Personally I would leave Digne on the bench and put Godfrey against Traore.
Slot Holdgate in as a holding centre mid with dacoure, iwobi, Sigurdsson. Rodriguez free role with Cenk up top.

Pickford
Coleman,Mina,Keane,Godfrey
Iwobi,Doucouré,Holdgate,Sigurdsson
Rodriguez
Tosun

Jerome Shields
37 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:41:06
Richarlison is one of the worse Brazilan passes of the ball in history. No way is Tosun going to get a through ball from him. His pass completion rate in the final third is abysmal.
Brian Wilkinson
38 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:47:23
Another off topic, the cup draw is on bbc2 at 7.pm along with other sports channels.
Kim Vivian
39 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:47:41
I think tomorrow's game will go ahead but can possibly envisage football being suspended before next weekend for a few weeks - that in conjunction with tougher lockdown measures for the rest of us mortals, so maybe a possibility of getting some of our crocks back up to speed.

Would prefer to be watching football, but fringe benefits 'n' all that.

In the meantime it has to be Tosun and Richy (have they had any serious game time together?) with Gordon, as Jerome says.

Pat Kelly
40 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:50:09
On the positive side, we're already through to the draw for the fifth round of the Cup.
Joe McMahon
41 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:51:10
It's bizarre, who would have thought that Everton and Strikers/lack of goals would be an issue. Lukaku and his 25 Premier league Goals in a season is would get us that top 4 spot, just a pity it was for Koeman. The owners yearning for CL football means he's gonna have to put his hands in his pockets again, and this time for proven strikers (and not a 5th goalkeeper).

We all knew after the last window slammed shut that if DCL gets injured we are bolloxed with letting Walcott and Keane go, and guess what yup.

I take it we cannot reacall Kean? Even if we say to PSG you can buy at the end of the season.

Martin Berry
42 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:55:06
Cenk will score for us providing we create chances for him.
With DCL he was never going to be able to play every game so we have to get on with it.
We have been poor the last two games, surely not a hatrick ?
Ajay Gopal
43 Posted 11/01/2021 at 16:56:31
Ooof, this is a big blow. I would guess Tosun and Siggy in place of DCL and Richarlison. 4-2-3-1

Pickford
Coleman Mina Keane Godfrey
Davies Doucoure
Iwobi James Siggy
Tosun

SUBS: Olsen, Holgate, Kenny, Digne, Gomes, Nkounkou, Gordon

Dave Abrahams
44 Posted 11/01/2021 at 17:12:34
For those saying all we can expect is a 0-0 draw at Leicester, they must have missed the good news Carlo gave us: Pickford is fit again to be selected.
Brian Wilkinson
45 Posted 11/01/2021 at 17:16:49
I would give Olsen another run out, earned his place.
Mike Gaynes
46 Posted 11/01/2021 at 17:19:24
Lots of what you lot call "whinging" here.

If Wolves can survive without Raul (plus Marcal and Daniel Podence), we can survive without some of ours as well.

Christy Ring
47 Posted 11/01/2021 at 17:20:02
Joe I forgot about Wallcott who can play upfront as well. Brands was responsible for the departure of Wallcott and Kean, big money off our wage bill fair enough, but not replacing them is the huge issue, two positions where we are totally lightweight, right wing and striker. It's not good enough from our DoF.
Dave Abrahams
48 Posted 11/01/2021 at 17:26:45
Brian (45), so would I. He's definitely earned the right to stay in, just that Carlo has been rotating them recently.
Mike Gaynes
49 Posted 11/01/2021 at 17:30:09
Sky reporting that Carlo has no intention of bringing in a replacement striker in this window.

Maybe it's a COVID prevention measure. Here's a quote from Carlo on Sky this morning:

“We are wearing masks in the changing room, we are trying to keep social distancing, so we are really strict to follow the protocol. If they say don’t celebrate, we are not going to celebrate. Or we don’t score goals, and that will be better, no? You don’t score goals, you don’t have to celebrate (smile).”

Martin Mason
50 Posted 11/01/2021 at 17:46:50
We have a weakened team out for tomorrow and we know the capabilities of the side that will play against what is a very good Wolves side. As such, we go into the game as underdogs and the likelihood is that we will lose, perhaps get a hard-earned point or, very unlikely, get an away win.

We have great owners and great coaches at the club and I really hope that for once we can have a whinge-free zone here if we don't play brilliantly and win.

As a supporter, I offer only my best wishes to the team and hope to see a good performance by what we know will be a weak side.

Tony Everan
51 Posted 11/01/2021 at 17:48:24
We will have to adjust and get on with it. We need to play to Cenk Tosun's strengths.

It's no good giving him the hoof ball because he is nowhere near Calvert-Lewin in winning them. We have to try to play smarter. Cenk isn't a bad player he just a bit more of a one-dimensional finisher of a striker. He's pretty useful at his speciality too. Defense splitting passes from James, wicked crosses from Iwobi or Digne are what's needed.

What's the formation then? 4-2-3-1?

Pickford
Holgate Keane Mina Digne
Doucouré Godfrey
Iwobi James Richarlison
Tosun

Sorry, I just can't leave Godfrey out of the side, so he gets the nod as a DCM ahead of Davies and Gomes.

Paul A Smith
52 Posted 11/01/2021 at 17:53:45
Oh Dear. This must be down to Carlo resting them. Another error. Surely he knew they would get injured while resting.

Maybe he said, you know what lads, some fans are bored, can you break dance instead of the standard shuttles we usually go through?

Tony Twist
53 Posted 11/01/2021 at 17:59:15
From what I have seen in training put Keane up front... joking, feed Tosun and he will score.
Andy Crooks
54 Posted 11/01/2021 at 18:02:30
Martin @ 50, nice of you to tell us how we should respond after the Wolves game. Cap suitably doffed sir. I actually think we will win and will be backing us to so. Wolves are the perfect opponents for the Carlo style right now.
Thomas Richards
55 Posted 11/01/2021 at 18:05:08
Two finishes from Tosun on Saturday that any centre forward would be happy with.

Along with a clever run that pulled a centre half out of position to allow Duke the space to run into and score.

Play the full-backs, Digne especially if he starts, to get crosses into and around the 6-yard box.

Tosun will get goals. Play him as a back to goal centre-forward and he won't.

Jack Ledwidge
56 Posted 11/01/2021 at 18:08:31
Tosun deserves to start. Our problem has been our midfield. No pressing, no inventiveness, no speed. Tosun given even half chances will do something in the box. Olsen gives reassurance and Nkounkou did enough in the cup game to start.

Olsen
Godfrey Keane Mina Digne
Iwobi Davies Sigurdsson Nkounkou
Tosun Richarlison

Subs: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Gomes, James, Gordon, Simms.

Martin Mason
57 Posted 11/01/2021 at 18:09:52
Andy@54,

But I didn't tell anybody how they should respond. I expressed a hope, that is all.

Craig James
58 Posted 11/01/2021 at 18:10:49
Go with something a tad different, desperate times and all that 4-4-2, you never know!

Olsen
Coleman Keane Mina Godfrey
Richarlison Doucouré Holgate Nkounkou
Tosun James

Paul A Smith
59 Posted 11/01/2021 at 18:13:00
If Tosun is good at anything its the pressing he does off the ball, although the obvious pace issue lets him down.

His mentality should be positive because he should be either performing to stay or performing for a move which hopefully will work in our favour.

What other hope do we have with our leading scorer out and Richarlison playing for free kicks every game?

Andy Crooks
60 Posted 11/01/2021 at 18:16:19
I suspect, you hope in vain, Martin. But, hey, will win.
Martin Mason
61 Posted 11/01/2021 at 18:25:14
Godfrey has proved to be a very shrewd buy but have we abandoned Branthwaite now? I saw a rumour that he could be going out on loan or part of a swap deal. We all of a sudden have a surplus of central defenders and a massive hole where midfield should be when we have injuries.

I'm sure that the club are looking to fill that hole but difficult to see them stumping up money to replace so many weak spots. Must be difficult for Ancelotti when Calvert-Lewin is out, Richarlison a shadow of his pre-ban self and our best midfield player out too.

Our current game seems to sometimes suit away games though so here's hoping. I hope that Richarlison isn't playing for a move.

Robert Tressell
62 Posted 11/01/2021 at 18:27:54
I am fairly confident that we'll look a bit stretched at the back, will struggle to control more than the odd patch of the game, won't be able to string passes together and won't offer any penetration up front. But, having said that, I wouldn't be surprised if we won.

Jack Ledwidge
63 Posted 11/01/2021 at 18:38:50
Sorry, my post 56. Doucouré not Sigurdsson in the middle.
Brian Wilkinson
67 Posted 11/01/2021 at 19:31:06
Cannot argue two home draws, I picked Everton to draw Sheffield weds in the third round, round too late for my prediction last time.
Tony Everan
68 Posted 11/01/2021 at 19:46:17
Rotherham proved to us that we cannot get carried away Sheffield Weds will have taken note at our fallibility. The problem is this is the FA Cup and everyone gets carried away!

If we get through it, Tottenham will be a great test. We'll need Allan and Calvert-Lewin back, and to be at full strength but win that and we will have belief that it's our year.

Joe McMahon
69 Posted 11/01/2021 at 19:47:52
Martin @61,

Someone stated on another thread that Richarlison maybe is disgruntled, out of form, and disinterested because he has been our main player the previous 2 seasons, and then he sees Kean going to PSG to play with Mbappe and his mate Neymar in the Champions League.

Martin Mason
70 Posted 11/01/2021 at 19:54:54
Joe, I'm resigned to seeing Richarlison leave because, at his best, he is just a level up. Hopefully we can manage the transition to the satisfaction of all parties and make enough money to replace him.
Robert Tressell
71 Posted 11/01/2021 at 19:59:00
Richarlison will leave this summer or next, I expect. We could see him at Man City, Athletico, PSG or whichever Italian club has the most money. We would be best buying in the replacement(s) before he does leave otherwise we end up spending the lion's share of the fee on an inferior player.
Thomas Richards
72 Posted 11/01/2021 at 20:00:45
Robert.

Anyone offers the reported £70 million I would sell him.
As long as the full amount is reinvested.

David Cooper
73 Posted 11/01/2021 at 20:07:43
I have to agree with Joe, Martin and Robert above about the mood and future of Richarlison. It is very clear that something is not right with him. Not sure it's about where he sees himself as EFC player when compared to the success Kean and Calvert-Lewin have had this season.

I think it is more about the role he is being asked to play since Digne and Seamus have been missing. He is being asked to provide the crosses for Calvert-Lewin and finds himself most of the time outside the penalty area. When Digne and Seamus were at their best, he was in the penalty area hoping to get on the end of one of their crosses.

When he plays for Brazil he plays in more central attacking position and so is always involved in the penalty area. It's obviously clear he loves scoring goals regularly and this is what has been missing.

Do you remember the quality goals he scored last season with both feet and head? So maybe if he is fit, and I think he will be, and Carlo sticks him up top we might see a re-energized and happy Richarlison.

Mike Oates
74 Posted 11/01/2021 at 20:11:40
I suspect he'll go with the horrible 3-5-1-1 formation. Godfrey, Mina, Keane at the back, Coleman and Digne wing-backs with Doucoure Sigurdsson and Davies in the middle with James in No 10 and Tosun upfront. Shut up shop and hope we get one on the break or a set-piece.

If Richarlison is fit then drop Tosun.

I can't understand why we are repeatedly told, players were being rested but will definitely be fit next game, then they are not and end up missing 3-4 games.

Sean O´Hanlon
75 Posted 11/01/2021 at 20:13:04
Next 2 away games against West Midlands clubs Wolves and Villa. Standing 13th and 8th in the table respectively. If Everton are going to make their mark on this season, they should be beating clubs like these two. But then I said that when we played Leeds and West Ham at home.

The possible outcomes with regards to points available are: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6. To hell with form, to hell with injuries, to hell with common sense, I'm going for SIX POINTS!!!!!!
COYB!!!!

Jason Li
76 Posted 11/01/2021 at 20:15:06
Pickford
Holgate Keane Mina Godfrey
Iwobi Doucouré Davies Richarlison
James
Tosun
Andy Crooks
77 Posted 11/01/2021 at 20:16:14
My wife says that Richarlison needs a new hair style.
Robert Tressell
78 Posted 11/01/2021 at 20:16:39
I wouldn't be too harsh on Richarlison. He's had an unsettled spell since his daft sending off. He generally works very hard and is a threat.

As for his departure, he was always likely to be off this summer or next. I don't think anything has changed. Depends a bit on what offers we get and where we finish in the league.

Carl Manning
79 Posted 11/01/2021 at 20:44:48
So we're definitely losing because Calvert-Lewin isn't playing! Are you the same well informed knowledgeable people who thought we'd be lucky to get one win in December? Worse supporters in the country! Having a pop at players before the games even played.

Oh, and thanks to the go who worked out the possible point outcomes the next 2 games! Must have taken a while!

Tony Abrahams
80 Posted 11/01/2021 at 20:45:17
If Tosun is good at anything, then I’d say it’s digging his feet in, just like Bolasie and Besic, because although Brands gets stick, some of the players he’s been stuck with since day one, have definitely Made his job a lot harder.
John Raftery
81 Posted 11/01/2021 at 20:54:29
I am not entirely convinced Digne will start tomorrow. He looked well short on Saturday, in need of further fitness and conditioning work. I recall he slipped up badly at Molineux in the summer, gifting them a penalty with a poor tackle for the opening goal. Godfrey has acquitted himself well and might be a better bet against the likes of Adama Traore.

Given the likelihood we will not enjoy the majority of possession it might be worth Richarlison being used in a central striker role tomorrow with Tosun making an appearance from the bench.

Sean O´Hanlon
82 Posted 11/01/2021 at 20:57:41
Just a bit of fun Carl. Sorry to have offended your delicate sensibilities.
Bad day at the nursery?
Charles Brewer
83 Posted 11/01/2021 at 21:05:47
Given what we saw last Saturday, I can see no reason whatsoever not to play Tosun, but he will do best if Nkounkou is out on the left (perhaps with Iwobi on the right).

Also, who is running our training? Is it Klopp or something? We seem to get far more injuries in training than we do in matches.

Mick Conalty
84 Posted 11/01/2021 at 21:08:04
Sign Burke, No 9 at Sheffield Utd.
Fast and built like a brick shithouse.
Tony Abrahams
86 Posted 11/01/2021 at 21:19:29
I’d go along with that John R. I’d be surprised to see Digne, and gutted to see Tosun, because if you’re playing with only one centre forward, he’s either got to work defenders with pace, or he’s got to get hold of the ball, and I don’t think either of these things are what Cenk, can really do.
Rob Halligan
87 Posted 11/01/2021 at 21:33:52
I see that during this next round of league games, there are only six games in total. One of those was Villa v Spurs which has been postponed due to the virus within the Villa squad. However, it has been confirmed that Spurs will now play Fulham at home.

I know both teams are located in London, but surely this game being announced at such short notice doesn't give Fulham much time to prepare. Does anyone know why there are only six games in this round of league games?

Justin Doone
88 Posted 11/01/2021 at 21:48:17
Yes we will miss him. He's our top goalscorer, works hard for the team and the general play is set up to accommodate him and the style to suit our strengths.

But Tosun proved what he is, a goal scorer. He's a little slow and not particularly strong to hold the ball up but play the ball into his stride and he can get a shot off on target.

That means we need other forward runners to help open up space. Ric, Gordon, Bernard, Iwobi are the choices to play up front and support / make runs. They have a bit of pace and can do the running.

I would rest James and play deep and stay solid at the back.
Godfrey has proven to be our best left back.

It highlights our many weak points so lets bring in some attacking talent this month. Scotland and Championship full of good players.

Clubs are skint. Strike whilst the irons hot and take advantage of their financial issues.

Bobby Mallon
89 Posted 11/01/2021 at 21:54:17
I really think Ancelotti will play this team:

Olsen
Coleman
Keane
Mina
Digne
Doucouré
Sigurdsson
Goddfrey
James
Tosun
Bernard

That lad Godfrey can play anywhere.

Bobby Mallon
90 Posted 11/01/2021 at 21:55:51
If Richarlison is fit, I would play him instead of Bernard.
Paul Kernot
91 Posted 11/01/2021 at 22:17:48
If Dom is going to be out for a while and we lack viable alternatives, maybe the Josh King for Jonjoe Kenny switch will be pushed through pronto now.
Derek Knox
92 Posted 11/01/2021 at 22:17:58
Bobby @ 89, I like that team of yours but whether that will happen is another matter. With a good subs bench including Nkounkou and Simms, Branthwaite and Gordon we would have options.
Jack Convery
93 Posted 11/01/2021 at 22:25:44
Pickford
Holgate, Keane, Mina, Godfrey.
Iwobi, Doucoure, Gomes, Richarlson if fit or Bernard.
James
Tosun.

COYBs.

Gary Willock
94 Posted 11/01/2021 at 22:28:16
We've got to pray Richarlison makes it back and he's not still in a huff after our fall during his ban. Without him and Calvert-Lewin we'll struggle to carve anything out at all. Focus on being solid defensively and try and nick one from set-piece with the big lads and James's wand.

4-4-1-1 for me, with James allowed to roam.

Pickford
Holgate Mina Keane Godfrey
Iwobi Gomes Doucouré Nkounkou
James
Tosun

Get Simms on the bench and give Gordon a go later on. If Richarlison is back, put him up top instead of Cenk for a game.

Tom Harvey
95 Posted 11/01/2021 at 22:42:06
I'm not trying to be optimistic, more like logical, this could force an adaptation of the formation that could get us a goal or two?

Calvert-Lewin hasn't had a chance to make much of a contribution in the last few games, we won't miss the goals he hasn't scored (because of the way we play, not his fault!).

It's time for others to step up and show some energy, hopefully with some cunning.

Christy Ring
96 Posted 11/01/2021 at 22:46:01
We're definitely going to miss Dominic's physicality tomorrow night. If Richarlison is fit, I'd play him as a No 9, and he's good in the air. I can't see Tosun being a threat as a lone figure upfront. Be quiet happy if I'm wrong.

Thomas Richards
97 Posted 11/01/2021 at 22:46:16
Tony #86,

I agree, mate, on Tosun's ability – or lack of. I posted earlier he can only be of use to us in one capacity. Get balls across the box from wide positions.

He can't or won't head it with his back to goal. He can't hold it in. He has got no pace.

What he has got is he makes good, thoughtful movement around the box when we have possession. He varies his runs, sometimes he makes the run and stops, losing his marker. Mostly he attacks the near post.

I would take the first bid of over £5 million for him but, if he is going to play, play to the one asset he has.

Steavey Buckley
98 Posted 11/01/2021 at 23:48:14
What is not really realised, Everton got 4 wins on the trot with the magnificient defence of Holgate, Mina, Keane and Godfrey. But, the moment Ancelotti changed the defence, Everton are defensively much weaker.

Ancelotti has to show, if he is a world class manager, Everton have to finish in the top 4 this season. He has had money to spend on transfers, so, has to deliver.

Derek Thomas
99 Posted 12/01/2021 at 00:27:02
Steavey @98; I agree the defence, well the back 4 bit, was very good. But it was a bit restricted and nearly1 dimensional, especially Vs teams that come to defend. It can do KITAP1 very well, but is never going to put teams to the sword.

Unless we have the start of the season players and more importantly, the form, we're better off going with the 4 at the back - until we do get players, either back and on form or brought in who can attack in force in such a manner that teams don't get to put or defence under too much pressure, too often.

Darren Hind is right about this one - we can lose ugly or draw ugly, but until we get better players back and/or in, we might have to be content first with winning ugly, then work on winning well.

Paul Kernot
100 Posted 12/01/2021 at 00:42:38
Steavey #98. How about keeping that solid back line you mentioned and giving Digne a run at left wing with either Richarlison or Tosun up front? Plays to our limited strengths and at least we know Digne will chase back against a very mobile Wolves midfield.
Mike Corcoran
101 Posted 12/01/2021 at 01:12:31
If Digne is out then Nkonkou needs to play left mid and get crosses in. If Coleman is out then Gordon needs to play right mid, get crosses in or pick those clever through balls. Davies holds, Doucoure box to box, James does his James thing, Richi up front if fit (he needs to get his feckin mojo back and stop running with the ball with his blinkers on) or Tosun. I think we will scrape this one whatever. Tosun is a clever striker if fed correctly.
David Pearl
102 Posted 12/01/2021 at 02:38:11
I shouldn't come on here before bedtime, it counteracts me Horlicks and leaves me dazed and confused.

We all know at least 9 of the starters. If Gordon starts, l will turn the telly off.

Alan J Thompson
103 Posted 12/01/2021 at 03:27:13
I don't normally go in for second-guessing Mr Ancelotti but, if both Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison are out, then why not Iwobi and Tosun as central strikers, James, Doucouré, Davies with Nkounkou and Gordon wide, Keane, Holgate or Mina, and Godfrey in a back three, and the keeper whose turn it is this week.

Then, as seems to be the wont when we go a goal up, there is still the option of moving Holgate or Godfrey into midfield and playing Nkounkou and Davies at full-backs.

I cud doo dat, gis a job, lah.

Phil Smith
104 Posted 12/01/2021 at 03:44:17
Jim (10),

Sigurdsson, Bernard and Iwobi have already got 6 for us.

Phil Smith
105 Posted 12/01/2021 at 03:52:46
Everyone slating Tosun but when was he last given a run in the side? He got 2 the other day (I am including that second as I still don't see why it was offside) from 3 chances.

Gordon needs to play and Nkounkou as well. Defensively it will weaken us but we will create more chances, which is something we have been seriously lacking of late.

Digne is not fit and Godfrey is a good defender but if he bombs forward he is totally lost what to do next. He can't cross the ball either.

Terry Farrell
106 Posted 12/01/2021 at 07:41:53
I think that we need pace and bite tonight so I would start with Holgate and Godfrey as full-backs with Coleman and Digne wide in midfield, Doucouré and Davies in centre-midfield.
Phillip White
107 Posted 12/01/2021 at 08:03:08
I've been following a lot of Hibs this season and I really like that Kevin Nistbet! 23 years old ST, strong, powerful, works hard, good finisher, scores goals and has potential for growth! if Everton hasn't been scouting him then why not? He's on the radar of a lot of clubs ATM.

He scored again last night against Celtic. I think he would be a great signing for us, he's an old school footballer the type of player Moyes would've signed during his time at Everton with limited funds.

There you go Brands player scouted. :{} 1878

John Keating
109 Posted 12/01/2021 at 08:28:28
Phillip
Regarding Nisbet I think the lad just wants regular guaranteed football just now and doubt he’d get that with us.
He signed for about 250k and was offered more money both by other Scottish clubs and a couple of English ones, however, he was set on signing for Hibs
I know Sunderland are looking at him and a little rumour of Sheff Utd
At present doing well for Hibs but not too sure about the step up to the PL
Martin Berry
110 Posted 12/01/2021 at 08:32:36
I am interested to see how we adapt against Wolves without DCL and how we utilize Tosun to gain the best of his ability.
I think James will be key to making that killer pass, and although Tosun scores a few with his head the wing cross may bot be as effective.
Additionally he will need closer support, if that happens I can see him scoring again for a win.
Andrew Bentley
111 Posted 12/01/2021 at 08:48:48
I’d be massively surprised if we risked playing Digne again 3 days after his first run out for us post injury. Think we’d be wise to ease him back in slowly tbh rather than rushing it.
The back 4 of Coleman, Keane, Mina and Godfrey are good options for us and with the threat of Traore on their right why not play Nkounkou in front of Godfrey to offer him some protection but also offer us a natural left footer with pace when we’ve got the ball
Andrew Bentley
112 Posted 12/01/2021 at 08:53:34
Sorry just gone back through the posts above and seen that a number of folks have suggested the same about Godfrey & Nkounkou!! Won’t skim read next time before posting 😂
Phillip White
113 Posted 12/01/2021 at 09:14:50
Fair point John. He's definitely one to keep an eye on though and I do think that the Scottish league is bit underrated too. I think I'm just sick and tied of us signing players for big money who don't preform :). Anyway lad I really hope we win tonight it's a big game this, we need to keep pushing on in the league, 4 points off the top we have to keep fighting UTFT 1878.
Jerome Shields
114 Posted 12/01/2021 at 09:21:27
Robert#21

Richarlisons passing and ball retention ls not good enough for Barcelona, PSG or Juventus.

Tom Bowers
115 Posted 12/01/2021 at 09:21:46
It all depends which Everton shows up.
If they come out and fart around trying to work the ball out from the back then they may have problems again.
They haven't proved they are good at it and against a high pressing team always cough up the ball easily.

I can see Tosun ploughing a lone furrow up front with Richarlison (or Siggy) just behind with James.

Wolves do have a few playmakers although they are not as effective as last season. Everton just have to out work them to get a result.

Robert Tressell
116 Posted 12/01/2021 at 09:27:05
Phillip, re Nisbet. Seems a bit too soon for him to join us. He's only just scoring goals in top flight in Scotland.

For now I'd rather see us try out Simms in that league, than take Nisbet.

Derek Knox
117 Posted 12/01/2021 at 09:41:39
On a slightly different but related topic, I see that Caicedo who we were allegedly interested in too, has committed to Brighton. They must as with Southampton have a decent Scouting network down there. They have picked up quite a few good, seemingly under our radar, players such as Trossard, Lamptey, Connolly, Maupay and now Caicedo, to name a few off the top of my head. Southampton have always seemed to get decent players at decent prices. (most going to the RS)
Derek Taylor
118 Posted 12/01/2021 at 09:42:25
The bookies have the Mighty Wolves as narrow favourites to win this one and given Carlo's penchant for confused and confusing team selections and tactics, I can see us doing well to gain a point.

A draw would see us hold on to a top half slot, the height of ambition in my view.

Dave Abrahams
119 Posted 12/01/2021 at 10:13:42
Jerome (114), Richarlison’s passing and ball retention is not good enough for Everton a lot of the time.

Considering James played a full game and a bit more on Saturday it will be interesting to see how much game time he will get tonight, he offers some skill to the team, he is excellent at taking breathers and preserving his energy.

Fran Mitchell
120 Posted 12/01/2021 at 10:16:30
Derek, more than a decent scouting network, they are also probably attractive for these players as they are willing to guarantee first team football. For someone like Caicedo, he'll probably be thinking '1-2 decent years and i'll move to a bigger club', like is gonna happen with Bissouma.

At Everton, he'd probably be thinking - 'Andre Gomes is gonna be picked ahead of me, as will Delph, Siggy and a host of other 'experienced pros'. Nah.'

I'm sure we're aware of these players, I just think the club lacks the willingness to take a risk on them. unfortunately.

However, If by signing Caicedo, Brighton open the door for Bissouma to leave, we should get on that on pronto.

Fran Mitchell
121 Posted 12/01/2021 at 10:27:33
Wolves have been poor this season, especially in the first half of games. For me they have been greatly over-rated since arriving in the Premier League. A typical - when they play well they look great, but they don't play well all that often.

Traore is dangerous, but also is a bit of a 2020 version of Bolasie. Great MOTD player - fast, powerful - but look at his stats - he's on par with the likes of Bernard.

Who made them tick was essentially Moutinho, was was a great player but age is catching up with him, and the Jota and Jiminez strike force. The latter is injured, the former is with the shite. Their replacement for Jiminez is a kid who is far from ready for PL football. Neto looks a decent replacement for Jota, but still young and not prolific.

So this game is totally winnable. Wolves sit in 13th, 7 points behind us having played a game more. They have scored just 18 goals in their 17 games compared to our 26 in 16.

It won't necessirily be an easy win, it isn;t guaranteed, but we should consider ourselves favourites.

Robert Tressell
122 Posted 12/01/2021 at 10:47:51
Fran, I agree with you about the first team football. This is why we would do well to partner with another club for regular loans.

Mike G has previously suggested the MLS for S. American talent - and to tap into the now fast developing market for quality US players. As an aside, the US first 11 would give most national sides a good run for their money now.

This would help us bag players like Caceido and give them an attractive route to first team football with us. Much cheaper than signing someone like Bissouma for about £40m.

Derek Knox
123 Posted 12/01/2021 at 10:57:06
Fran & Robert, which only should reinforce our need to offload those peripherals, not easy I know, and not achievable in one foul swoop either, but the sooner we get shut of all those on contracts their football or fitness does not merit, the better. Okay there will be a few who slip through the net, and some that would see us, as not for them, but at least with reduced numbers we may be a more attractive proposition in the future, for young prospective superstars in the making.
Mark Murphy
124 Posted 12/01/2021 at 11:15:23
Ignore that - dozy teenage son reading wrong headlines!
Christopher Timmins
125 Posted 12/01/2021 at 11:38:06
Given our respective positions in the League we should win this one. Wolves have been a mixed bag this year and the loss of their centre forward is as a big a loss to them as DCL is to us.

Charlie to score the only goal and move us closer to the top!

Tom Bowers
126 Posted 12/01/2021 at 12:29:11
It all depends which Everton shows up.
If they come out and fart around trying to work the ball out from the back then they may have problems again.
They haven't proved they are good at it and against a high pressing team always cough up the ball easily.

I can see Tosun ploughing a lone furrow up front with Richarlison (or Siggy) just behind with James.

Wolves do have a few playmakers although they are not as effective as last season. Everton just have to out work them to get a result.

Tom Bowers
127 Posted 12/01/2021 at 12:36:00
It's amazing how many winnable games Everton gave failed in this season but then I suppose quite a few teams could say the same.

Still, not having the scoring talisman is a big blow and unless Richie is fully fit and focused the chances of a win are somewhat diminished. It will need a totally committed performance by the starting eleven with a consistent intensity level from the start to get the result.

Martin Mason
128 Posted 12/01/2021 at 13:06:29
We were abysmally bad in this fixture last seasn, so I expect to see Everton playing a negative formation with the full-backs not venturing far forward and the forwards struggling as a result. The result at Leicester showed that we can have a chance though.

I personally hope that Digne doesn't play, he struggled last game and Godfrey or Nkounkou are able deputies. A win would be an exceptional result, a draw a good result, and a defeat not the end of the world. I'm going for the draw.

Kevin Molloy
129 Posted 12/01/2021 at 13:24:29
Normally, I'd be rushing Lucas back in asap, but I have an abiding image of him being destroyed by Traore a couple of seasons ago. If Traore is in any kind of form, I would stick with Godfrey.
James Marshall
130 Posted 12/01/2021 at 13:36:39
Cenk Tortoise, the Turkish Tornado to the rescue.

If we get anything from this game, I'll be stunned.

Kevin Prytherch
131 Posted 12/01/2021 at 13:42:40
We've done well against the better teams with a solid 4-2-3-1 and I don't see why we should change for this...

Might be harsh on Coleman, Digne and Rodriguez but I'd rather be solid at the start with people who can turn a game on the bench. For Richarlisons role, I would like to see Nkounkou. He can bomb forward and put in a cross, however is also naturally defensive.

Holgate, Mina, Keane Godfrey
Davies, Docouré
Nkounkou, Sigurdsson, Iwobi
Tosun

If we need goals, or keep it tight for 55-60 minutes – then we have 2 attacking full-backs and Rodriguez to call on.

Tony Abrahams
132 Posted 12/01/2021 at 13:49:59
The most incredible thing about tonight is that if we win, we will be in the top 4, and only 3 points behind the leaders, or even less if United fail to win at Burnley.

I don’t see why we can’t win, but obviously a lot depends on Richarlison being fit, so I’m hoping he’s chomping at the bit, and can’t wait to play centre-forward.

Paul Rimmer
133 Posted 12/01/2021 at 13:50:15
Next 5 games are crucial. Hitting 40 points before the Man Utd game with games against Wolves, Villa, Leicester, Leeds and Newcastle would give us a platform to go for Europe. I don't think either Everton or Wolves are in great form at the moment but I'm confident we can nick it 1-0.
Tony Abrahams
134 Posted 12/01/2021 at 13:56:27
Anyone else thinking that Ancellotti is trying to open the door for Moise Kean to leave, so it can free up some funds for other transfers?
James Fletcher
135 Posted 12/01/2021 at 14:01:03
I would really like to see Nkounkou given more game time, ideally at left-wing where his apparent defensive issues won't be as much of a problem. He's looked good going forward and offers a lot of genuine width.
Duncan McDine
136 Posted 12/01/2021 at 14:04:09
Adama Treore hasn't been starting for Wolves lately, but coming off the bench to little effect. It wasn't long ago that he was their most dangerous player, not to mention their best Mr T lookalike.

His form started to dip when they got into Europe as he didn't want to “get on no airplane, fool” but I still think we should be cautious and start our back 4 of centre-halves. I'd very happily take a scrappy 1-0 win tonight, but won't be expecting it.

Tony Everan
137 Posted 12/01/2021 at 14:14:17
James 135

I’d like to see Nkounkou being used more too. I like the way he can get a quality cross in with minimal space. He seems to find a fraction of room and it’s enough to fire one in. His left foot has a bit of magic in it.

With Cenk Tosun in the middle it this type of supply he will score from.

Derek Knox
138 Posted 12/01/2021 at 14:33:54
Tony @ 134, I certainly hope so, we have been linked with so many as per usual in every Transfer Window, I just hope that there are a few surprises in the way of a mini-exodus, which is partly offset by quality additions. As I mentioned before I feel we may have missed the boat with Caicedo, and for £5.5M not a Bank Buster. It is all too evident that recent injuries/suspensions have exposed how weak are we are. Oh yes we have the numbers, but not the quality.

Tony @ 137, I'm with you there regarding Nkounkou playing ahead of Godfrey, I think that could work, and have Digne on the bench in case of emergency or plan A is not working. I felt he was rushed back against Rotherham and it showed. Godfrey has proved what a shrewd acquisition he was and he has generally delivered each game. I think to drop him would be a travesty and won't help the lad's confidence either.

Tom Bowers
139 Posted 12/01/2021 at 14:36:26
We know how dangerous Richarlison can be but he has kinda stuttered this season, what with the suspension etc... but surely he has to impress soon.

If he plays here, he has to get more focused instead of looking for free kicks all the time which gets him sulking too much.

It goes without saying that we need big games from everyone to win this one, although I would take 3 points the ugly way.

Barry Thompson
140 Posted 12/01/2021 at 15:08:18
James M @ 130
Hopefully then a run of games can bring him out of his shell

Jay Harris
141 Posted 12/01/2021 at 15:16:39
Even a less than 100% Richy is better than anyone else weve got so I pray he is fit to start.

Wolves are a little bit like Leeds. High energy fast paced breaks which seems to cause our MF problems no matter who plays.

So I would play the Wolves game tight defense and the likes of Iwobi and Nkounkou on the flanks with Richy leading the line.

I also hope Ellis Simms has done enough to justify a cameo appearance.

Minik Hansen
142 Posted 12/01/2021 at 15:20:18
#15 Paul Niklas, and other - On the concern regarding lack of strike force at Everton, this just shows how early Ancelotti is in his appointment. He has brought somewhat more stability at the back (still trying to in the goalkeepers position though - we have yet to know if Robin Olsen is the answer to compete with Pickford) and more stability in midfield when everybody is fit. My assumption is this summers recruitment will be more focused on the area up front, including a winger. I don't know if we'll get Celik at RB in this window and if he is a solution atleast better than last seasons Sidibe. If that's the case, it'll be an easier summer for the blues. Work in progress for Ancelotti at the helm, let him slowly built, and another top manager might want to come us right after him.
Mike Dolan
143 Posted 12/01/2021 at 15:29:00
Ancelloti is trying to open that door for Moise Kean to be sold and that is great. He was useless when he was here and we were poised to lose a lot of money on him so it’s really good riddance.

Ritchie is the back up so play him if 100% fit other wise Tosun backed up by Simms.

Digne has to play as he’s one of the top left backs in Europe. I hope Coleman can find some form because I have a lot of respect for him but his body is old and he can be a big weakness if he’s not at his best.

Its a very tough game but if we can keep it close we could scrape by.

John Keating
144 Posted 12/01/2021 at 15:32:09
Phillip 113
I'm not sure who, if anyone, we have scouting up in Scotland but we don't seem to look at anyone up there.
There is still the odd player up North that can be a snip but it seems it's more sexy to spend money on overseas players rather than home grown.
I was never ending singing the praises for John McGinn when he was at St.Mirren. He went to Hibs for nothing really.
Hibs brought him further on. Again when Celtic came sniffing wanting him for nothing Hibs made in clear they needed a few bob and would sell.
Celtic being Celtic and expecting players to pay them for playing wouldn't pay the rate and McGinn was off to Villa for hardly anything, 2-3 million?
I just couldn't believe we didn't make enquiries as McGinn is box to box, can play just in front of the defence or up top and score.
My next tip out of Scotland is actually the lad who scored the Celtic free kick last night, David Turnbull. Watch this space!
Thomas Roberts
145 Posted 12/01/2021 at 15:49:17
Regarding tonight's game I would play Ben Godfrey at left back. If Traore starts for Wolves he would murder Lucas Digne for pace. Great to have Lucas back on Saturday but he understandably looked well off the pace. Ease him back gently. I would also play Nkounkou ahead of Godfrey. This lad can certainly cross a ball. Finally, remember Mason Holgate's MOM performance at Old Trafford last season as a centre midfielder? Mason is a better passer, tackler, header of a ball and better athlete than Tom Davies. On current form, he's arguably better than Gomes as well. I know it's a short term fix but we need energy in the middle of the park. I've no idea who is bagging the goals tonight though. I agree with most who say Richie has been well off the pace all season. He should have scored 4 away to Spurs in the first game and continues to miss chances and make poor decisions in the final third of the field. I think this could be a draw but hoping for a 1-0 win.
John Boon
146 Posted 12/01/2021 at 16:04:13
If we are going to play defensively why not put BOTH goalies in at the same time...Half the line each and Pickford could sit on Olsen's for corners.It makes as much sense as some of our latest formations.
Mike Dolan
147 Posted 12/01/2021 at 16:17:40
Godfrey has been really surprisingly good for us this year but at left back he is out of position and against one of the better wingers in the league I would prefer to play a professional left back. That’s why we have one.
Mark Murphy
148 Posted 12/01/2021 at 16:24:09
Normally I would agree with you Mike and I think Digne is one of our most outstanding player but that Rotheram winger made him look Sunday league on Saturday. I wouldn’t rush him back. If Richarlison isn’t fit I’d play Nkounkou in front of Godfrey to keep Wolves right side occupied.
Tony Abrahams
149 Posted 12/01/2021 at 16:28:09
I think we might need both goalies if Richarlison isn’t fit John, because if he’s not, we lose our only outlet. So I’m hoping he’s okay, especially because he has also scored quite a few good goals against Wolves.
Raymond Fox
150 Posted 12/01/2021 at 16:34:36
Toson for an hat trick!

I think the betting tells the game as it is 6/4 Wolves 2/1 Everton and 2/1 Draw.
Good chance its a draw, with Wolves just fav because of home advantage.

Their not playing as well as last season, and we are all over the place with injuries.
Leave Digne out, give him more time to get over his injury. He's our best player don't get him crocked again, theres nobody in the league fast enough to keep Traore quiet all game.
Its probably going to be a back to the wall, stop them scoring type of game, and I'll settle for a draw now and be highly delighted if we can win.

Rob Halligan
151 Posted 12/01/2021 at 16:43:56
Traore is dead easy to mark. Just stand really close on him and not give him any space to run past you. He can't dribble past anyone, his control is shite, and probably about 8 times out of 10 he will run the ball out of play. Their only goal threat is Jiminez who is out for a while, so any crosses by Traore will just be over hit to the far touchline.
Brian Wilkinson
152 Posted 12/01/2021 at 16:45:00
Celtics Edouard Is available for a cut price 25 Million, surely that has got to be worth a punt.
Stephen Meighan
153 Posted 12/01/2021 at 16:46:25
Expecting more of the same turgid no risk football tonight. I just wish they would have a good go and give us something to look forward to.

It's no fun watching Everton lately it's become a chore. Wolves are nothing special watched them a few times this season but you can bet your bottom dollar they'll turn up tonight.
Thomas Richards
154 Posted 12/01/2021 at 16:54:24
Rob,

If Traore didnt have the blistering pace he wouldnt get a game.
Same trick every time, it works on occasion I will give him that.
Show him the line, Godfrey for me at left back tonight, and match the speed of the run and the cross wont go in.

Bill Gall
155 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:03:29
If Richarlison is fit I think he should play at center forward he has played this position for Brazil. Play James and I wobi on the wings. Coleman. Mina. Keane and Digne and the midfield Doucoure Holgate and Siggy. Pickford will be in goal
Brian Wilkinson
156 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:03:43
Continuing from my above post, if we get a decent price for Kean and Kenny, we could bring in Edouard and the Norwich right back.

Suddenly we look a stronger team, especially when Allan is back in the team, could do with another battling midfielder, but for now, I would be content on Edouard coming in.

Jonathan Tasker
157 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:09:24
A draw would be a good result
Geoff Williams
158 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:15:05
If Iwobi, Sigurdsson and James all start then that means midfield will be lost
Brian Wilkinson
159 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:18:08
Geoff, we still have the white Pele Davies we can drag off the bench if needed, going to be a long night if your selections are correct.
Rob Halligan
160 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:21:03
Richard, spot on. Basically he's a one trick pony with his blistering pace. Watch him when he tries and be clever, he twists and turns that many times in one go, he almost spins himself into the ground. Mark him really tight and you can mark him out of the game.
Darren Hind
161 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:34:36
Another game that takes you down memory lane and lament the fact that there will be no crowd.

First time I went to The Molineux we went around to the players entrance waiting for our coach to arrive. The Wolves players were just mingling with the home supporters as was the way back then.

A big guy with the strongest black country accent I've ever heard pulled me and me mates over to two players. He pointed at one (a man mountain) and said, "He will soften you up". Then he pointed to the other and said..."And he will put you to sleep" All three gave us big smiles and get this; They thanked us for coming.

We hadn't recognised Derek Dougan and John Richards until they were pointed out. They were just part of the pre-match get-together. They were proper MotD Icons too.

What a fucking noise that crowd would make back in the day!!

Ray Roche
162 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:39:12
Richarlison missing according to the pre Sheffield match pundits.
Rob Halligan
163 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:39:41
Dsrren, have you been to the pub almost opposite the stadium, The Goalpost I think it's called? Always seems to be full of blues when we go to wolves.
Derek Knox
164 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:49:38
Rob @ 163, Rumour has it that Darren scored in there. :-)
Darren Hind
165 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:51:29
Yes Rob

A long time ago. The locals were fantastic, but the bizzies began to make it very difficult for scouser's to enjoy a bevy. near the ground.
As you know. The overwhelming majority of coaches. Started to park up at Penkridge and make their way to the ground near kick off time.

There would be so many Evertonians in the ale houses of Penkridge. You would think you were on County road.

Landlords loved us. Free Sarnies...The lot

Thomas Richards
166 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:52:59
It was an own goal :-)
Jeff Armstrong
167 Posted 12/01/2021 at 17:54:35
Got to disagree with some who say Traore is basically shite, he has pace and power, doesn’t get knocked off the ball at all easily, and some of the crosses he manages to get in from tight angles on the byline would have DCL salivating if he was playing up front with him., IMO.
Tony Everan
168 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:01:48
An alternative reality.

We play well, we feed the ball out wide out of necessity , we get dangerous crosses into Tosun, James feeds him with defence splitting passes, Tosun starts averaging a goal every game and we are winning them. DCL gets fit and can’t immediately win his place back.

Would that bother you?

Jason Li
169 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:03:17
Agree with Mike @143.

With prior knowledge Kean looked good at Juve when we peaked through door number one. So we signed hoping we'd get more, and he just couldn't perform and in fact showed us door number two which was not as we thought and would lead to a loss. Only option was to switch to door number three and he went through PSG and became a player "in their eyes" and is now worth a lot more. Ancelotti and Brands played a blinder. Maybe we can do more football trials like these. Get young good players in and see if they make it and we get a very good player for many years, or switch them to another club --> can't lose.

Jeff @ 167 agreed.

Traore would trouble our French International even if he was fully fit, so therefore he is a very good player. We'd love a player with an engine like him in the squad, like have Ben Godfrey x 2 in terms of acceleration and drive.

Rob Hooton
170 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:12:14
3-0 to Everton, Tosun hat-trick. You heard it here first!
I can’t see it either but if James can feed him you never know - is Richy fit as am sure he has played number 9 for some famous country I can’t think of off the top of my head...
Mick O'Malley
171 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:12:32
Always remember getting Wolves players in the footy cards we used to collect at school late 70s early 80s Kenny Hibbert, John Duncan and Steve Daley who went for big money to City, I’ve always liked their badge as well, good club Wolves
Andrew Keatley
172 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:30:04
I have obviously been watching a very different Adam’s Traoré to others on here. Yes, he’s astonishingly quick, but in the last two years he has developed his control, dribbling and decision-making to the point that he’s been linked to some of the best clubs in the world and has become part of the Spanish international side. I hope that whoever is marking him tonight (should Traoré play) gets lots of help from his team-mates as I do not fancy any single player in a one-on-one against him.

As for Wolves’ goal threat, they are obviously missing Jimenez and Podence, but Neto will be a worry from start to finish. Hopefully we’ll be well-organised and hard to break down.

Alan McGuffog
173 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:30:59
I go along with what you say Mick. But in my case the footy cards included Peter Broadbent and Ron Flowers, circa 1960. 😃
David Cooper
174 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:32:52
Been to Molyneux twice. First time with my dad Feb 19th 1967 4th round of the FA Cup. 50000 plus in the ground. We had seats almost below ground level in one of their huge stands. EFC had all the stars playing. Remember Westy making a great top over save and Bally rescuing a draw. Then getting crushed as we tried to leave the game.
The second time must have been in 1974/5 when I was at St. Paul’s college Cheltenham and a few of us whizzed up the motorway as Kenny Bonser was a Wolves fan. Wasn’t against EFC and we stood behind the goal and couldn’t remember where we parked looking for the car!
Happy Days!
Steve Shave
175 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:33:03
Tony 168 lay off the wacky baccy my good man :) I'm tempted not to watch this, when that happens ala Leicester we play well, when I get all geared up and excited for a game we tend to play shite! I'm not expecting much tonight so you never know, we might just put in a performance? We need a couple of signings to bring Carlo closer to his vision and shake things up a little.
Carl Manning
176 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:37:13
Mr Buckley Carlo has to finish in the top 4 this year?

What planet are you on? The first 11 is 4 players short of top 4 quality let alone the squad. What have you been watching to suggest we will finish ahead of city, Liverpool, spurs, Chelsea and Leicester to name just 5?

Do you not remember how many points we were off last year? Have a look and then reasonably think if a team that bought 3 new first team players can make that up in one season.

Some of us stuff people write on here is comical.

Dave Abrahams
177 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:37:38
Darren(161) “ What a fucking noise that crowd would make back in the day”” very true Darren, been there many times and that crowd in the huge Kop could really belt it out and inspire their team, famous in the 1950’s when Wolves started playing friendlies against top class European teams and the second half would be shown on TV.
Gary Carter
179 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:43:00
Love all the people saying Carlo has no faith in youth, DCL 23, Richarlison 23, Godfrey 22, holgate 24, Davies 22, Gordon 19, nkounkou 20

Basically the youngest two haven’t looked good enough and I doubt any other youngsters have shone in training hence not being near the squad. Too many “football manager” experts on here

Joe McMahon
180 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:43:38
Darren and Dave, is Billy Wright not playing tonight? I've always liked Wolves, proper fans. Seen some great gigs in Wolverhampton also.
Brian Murray
181 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:45:22
Any chance of a bit of bravery and include Simms in line up tonight or is that clutching and he’s not ready. All for pragmatic Carlo if we get the points but we have to draw the line at this fear factor of what the opposition can do. Our defence is as good if not better than Leicester title team so handbrake off and at least have a go eh. Coyb,
Darren Hind
182 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:54:02
Is right Dave. They were exploring European football at a time when most teams saw a trip to Glasgow as long haul. Where they not one of the first English teams to win a European trophy ? The old ICFC ?.

Apparently not just Googled it. They have never won it.

Lost in the final of the inaugural Uefa

Dave Abrahams
183 Posted 12/01/2021 at 18:56:22
Joe (180) no Joe don’t think he’ll be playing, he’ll be having an early night tucked up in bed with his wife Joy Beverly, she’ll sing him to sleep!!!
Brian Murray
184 Posted 12/01/2021 at 19:06:57
Spurs beat em over two legs
Dave Abrahams
185 Posted 12/01/2021 at 19:08:27
Darren (182) The Inter City Fairs Cup, yes that rings a bell I’m sure they won that.

They had a great team in the late forties and early fifties, winning the cup in 1949, and playing at Goodison on the Wednesday night after that win and parading the FA Cup around the ground at half time, wonderful for an eight year old kid like me to see and better still when Tommy Eglington scored the winner with a header in the Gwladys Street end. I think they won the league a couple of times not long after that, brilliant days and memories for me to look at, we never won anything then but I saw some fantastic players and teams at the “Old Lady”.

Darren Hind
186 Posted 12/01/2021 at 19:09:19
Yeah Brian.

I don't remember it. Only found out when I googled it

Chris Williams
187 Posted 12/01/2021 at 19:10:39
Wolves were ground breakers then, playing teams like Honved, from memory.

I always remember them for being the opponents when Roy Vernon made his debut. We got beat 2 0 and Norman Deeley ran us ragged.

Maybe Joy might get her sisters to join them. A bit chilly tonight!

John McFarlane Snr
188 Posted 12/01/2021 at 19:21:32
HI Chris,[187] Wolves had just been beaten by Barcelona, when they beat us at Goodison, and my first impression of Roy Vernon that day was one of "He doesn't look like a footballer" Boy didn't I get that wrong?

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