Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Yerry Mina, Fabian Delph, Jarrad Branthwaite and all took part in training sessions at Finch Farm today which could mean Rafael Benitez will have close to a full squad from which to choose ahead of the trip to Carrow Road. Tom Davies, who successfullyunderwent surgery on a hamstring tendon problem yesterday, was the only senior absentee.
Calvert-Lewin has already returned to action this year, playing the full match against Brighton on 2nd January, having been sidelined for more than four months with a serious quadircep injury but he was rested for the FA Cup win at Hull last weekend after feeling tightness in his thigh.
Richarlison, meanwhile has been out since the defeat against Crystal Palace last month wit a torn calf muscle and Mina's on-off absence has been a long-term source of frustration, with his latest set-back coming in the win over Arsenal.
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1 Posted 12/01/2022 at 18:29:51
2 Posted 12/01/2022 at 18:35:21
3 Posted 12/01/2022 at 19:56:05
4 Posted 12/01/2022 at 20:10:44
5 Posted 12/01/2022 at 20:26:20
Benitez maintains players are responding well on the training ground but not delivering on match day.
If this continues we can only draw one conclusion!
6 Posted 12/01/2022 at 21:03:52
7 Posted 12/01/2022 at 21:41:29
8 Posted 13/01/2022 at 09:13:45
Time to swallow your pride Rafa and get the formation sorted. Play three in midfield, Doucouré, Gomes and Allan and ditch the horrible five at the back. Hopefully having Mina back might give him a little bit more trust to do it but hes such a stubborn sod, I cant see it happening.
9 Posted 13/01/2022 at 15:58:18
10 Posted 13/01/2022 at 16:20:53
11 Posted 13/01/2022 at 16:38:44
Patterson MIna Brandthwaite Myolenko
Allan Doucoure Gordon
Gray DCL Richarlison
12 Posted 14/01/2022 at 01:32:49
Anything less than a win is going to heap pressure on Benitez, so he wont want to take huge risks with his defensive line-up. Keane will surely play, Coleman too, and probably Godfrey. Id also be surprised to see Richarlison and DCL both start the game. Ill be expecting a starting front 3 of DCL, Gray and Gordon, with Richarlison ready to be introduced second half as and when goals are required.
Hopefully hell be able to just watch the entire game from the bench.
13 Posted 14/01/2022 at 12:42:04
I'd happily play Townsend in a midfield 3 with Allan and Doucoure or Gomes.
Left wing is a tough call but on current form start Gray who is better attacking. I noticed him holding his hammy late on in the cup game, so only play if fully fit.
Richarlison offers more defensively or as striker and probably starts as a sub.
DCL only if fully fit, Ric if not, (who needs to be less selfish, I'm injured but I'm going to sulk anyway). Gordon on the right.
The more game time Gordon has the fitter and stronger he is. He just needs to be careful with some of his silly late challenges.
14 Posted 14/01/2022 at 13:16:57
15 Posted 14/01/2022 at 13:22:18
Perhaps the rumours of Allan being allowed to leave are true? However, despite his lack of pace, he was instrumental in Everton getting a result last week in the cup and he will be missed tomorrow.
16 Posted 14/01/2022 at 13:49:34
17 Posted 14/01/2022 at 14:51:25
18 Posted 14/01/2022 at 14:56:31
Gordon, Gray and Richarlison up top to help ease DCL back.
Midfield of Allan, Doucoure and Townsend then, perhaps.
Patterson likely to be eased in. Wouldn't be surprised if Godfrey starts at LB ahead of Mykolenko.
19 Posted 14/01/2022 at 14:58:59
20 Posted 14/01/2022 at 15:00:25
21 Posted 14/01/2022 at 15:23:24
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