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Everton have been handed a boost with the news that Lucas Digne has been training again with the first-team squad along with Jarrad Branthwaite and Ellis Simms.

The Frenchman was forced to miss Monday’s defeat at Wolves with a muscle complaint but looks likely to be available for this weekend’s clash with Tottenham who will travel to Merseyside with new manager Antonio Conte at the helm.

Simms has not been involved for the senior side yet but Branthwaite started the Carabao Cup win at Huddersfield in August and also made one appearance off the bench in the League before succumbing to injury.

While Dominic Calvert-Lewin has reportedly resumed running as he patiently works his way back from toe and thigh injuries, there was no sign in the photographs shared from Finch Farm of André Gomes or Yerry Mina who, it seems, are set to be unavailable again this weekend.

Branthwaite’s return adds depth in defence and a possible stand-in at full-back in case either of the first-teamers pick up knocks on international duty.

Seamus Coleman has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg while Digne has also been selected in the French squad.

However, their inclusion will have Everton’s medical staff on edge given that both players have already returned home early from their respective national team’s party this season with injuries.

 


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 Posted
05/11/2021 at
03:59:50

Be just like a new signing, how desperate is that? Not sure what it is with Lucas, but he has not been the player we all know and love, whether it is the coaching or having poorer players around him, or players playing out of position. Those trademark crosses and free-kick specials seem to be a thing of the past!

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
05:46:22

It’s the Everton curse, Derek. Doesn’t matter how good a player you are, in the end, it drags you down.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
06:25:18

When people talk about the EFC “curse” or “it drags you down” – what do they mean?

I think it is the Everton coaching system which survives manager after manager and produces half-hearted teams – regardless of the players.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
07:00:32

Why Coleman doesn’t retire from the Irish National team to focus on Everton is beyond me. He is 33. Everton pay his wages, and are in real distress.

He is our captain. But he doesn’t show captain material at all, IMO.

Good News Digne is back. Let’s hope he can show us he’s still the player he was 2 years ago.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
07:31:06

Got to go good old 4-4-2 against Spurs. Direct football.

Pickford
Coleman Keane Godfrey Digne
Townsend Allan Davies Gray
Richarlison Rondon

Just go direct and get the left-back and right-back bombing forward, over-lapping. Get balls into the box early for Richarlison and Rondon, who are both good in the air. Davies to play more forward and Allan to sit deep and spread balls to the wing.

We have to change something. The formation and shape hasn’t worked for weeks. If we come out with one up front again against Spurs, I fear we are sitting ducks.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
07:39:59

I said against West Ham, Graeme, with what we have, 4-3-3. Shore up the midfield and without Calvert-Lewin, just play on the deck with Gray, Townsend and now Richarlison.

I’m an 80s kid, so grew up on 4-4-2. But in the modern game it exposes you in midfield and you get overloaded in my opinion.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
07:41:18

Harry Kane is 7/5 to score anytime with Sky Bet. 14/1 to score a header.

We as well benefit financially from this inevitability.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
07:52:04

Have to agree with Jim @4. “What’s wrong with Mina?”

I think this guy is taking the piss. Can you see this situation being accepted elsewhere?

Always okay for Colombia but seems to get injured getting out of bed when it comes to playing for the club that pays him.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
08:04:23

Tony #9,

Brings back memories of a certain Slaven Bilic, who had no trouble rising from the treatment table to put his Croatia shirt on.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
08:16:33

Interesting call out on Bilic, Martin. A really good player but just didn’t seem to want to, or be able to, do it for Everton as you say.

I remember reading an article at the time that it (he) was one of Everton’s last rolls of the dice of trying to be a big club.

As I said on another thread, it’s not the transfer fee that kills you, it’s the sustained wages over 4 or 5 years. And as I understood, we were paying him a King’s ransom.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
08:19:01

Unfortunately, whilst Seamus has ZERO competition for the first team place he has ZERO incentive to want to quit risking himself for Ireland. For me, this is still the number one issue to address in January, as it has been for the last 3 Windows+.

In terms of Sunday, I’d like to see a 4-3-3, but defence has got to be brave and push up or Son and Moura will just occupy the same space Wolves did and we’ll be dead and buried before half time. We need pace here to do it.

Pickford
Coleman Holgate Branthwaite Digne
Townsend Allan Delph
Gray Richarlison Gordon

Formation can easily switch to 4-2-3-1 if it needs to (ie, defence again not being brave, and therefore need to cut off space in front of it).

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
08:22:56

Graeme,

I would rather put a Number 9 on a traffic cone and put that on the pitch rather than Rondon – at least the Spurs defence would have to run round it, I say let Simms show what he’s made of.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
08:46:08

No doubt Kane will be revitalised, new manager and playing against his favourite opponents.

Not to mention he’s up against Mason Disaster-gate and Michael Scream too doesn’t bear thinking about.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
08:50:39

If we play 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 then we need the wide players to put in a shift defensively and effectively be wide midfielders the second Spurs are in possession. In these situations this can’t be Iwobi or Gray, they just aren’t cut out enough defensively.

Personally, I would prefer a 4-3-3, with Delph in front of the defence and Allan and Davies as the other midfielders. They’re all decent as part of a midfield 3, but all regularly get exposed when there’s just 2 of them there.

I feel this is a game for a low block and counter attack, so in the absence of Mina then it has to be Keane and Holgate again. These games are suited to Keane, regardless of how he has played in previous games, and Holgate is the next best option currently.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
09:00:29

In my opinion, you go with what you have, Kevin. And with what we have, I think our best option is 4-3-3.

We all have our preferred options, but the reality is you play the system that suits the players you have available. Not play the system you want regardless of the players you have available.

My preferred attacking formation is 3-5-2, but you really have to have the right players to play that. My ideal formation is 4-2-3-1.

But ultimately, to my previous, you have to look at the players available and play a formation that suits what you have. Not pick a formation and try to make the players you have available fit that.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
09:02:52

Have to agree that Seamus should retire from international football. He is on the wane and should have the sense to preserve his legs for EFC. We simply can’t afford any more crocked or semi-crocked returnees from international duty.

Mina should never have played 3 games in 8 days for his country. The guy just can’t take it.

As for Digne, I presume he is biding his time for an impending departure.

For the Sunday game, can we just start the game at full speed, as apart from the Davies goal, we have taken half the game to wake up.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
09:18:06

It’s got to be Delph, Allan and Davies as a trio to clog up the midfield, gain a foothold in possession, protect the defence (flanks and centre) and release the 3 forwards.

4-4-2 can work but needs very particular personnel – which we don’t have. It just exposes the limitations of our centre mid players and nullifies our wingers by having them track back all the time.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
09:54:45

If Iwobi is again preferred over Gordon and the result goes against us, I think the tide will turn against Rafa with the fan base.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
10:08:20

Re Mina, It was madness by Columbia playing him for a full 90 mins in three games within 8 days. That must have taxed his body. Within days, he was injured upon his return to Everton. Colombia should rotate and protect players with so many games in a short time frame. We are suffering defensively without the big feller.

Son and Kane will fancy their chances against our shaky defence, we have to be a lot stronger and more organised. It worries me with Mina out, there doesn’t seem to be a confident pairing beyond Keane & Mina.

There’s no easy answer, Godfrey needs time to properly recover, Branthwaite is young, inexperienced and just returned from injury, Holgate is error prone and has looked a lot less a defender than I was expecting him to develop into.

Because of the health and injury factors, and because Holgate and Keane did very well against Brighton (unbelievably back in August), I would reluctantly go for that pairing.

With a more compact midfield, that could help with our defensive stability too, so for me also, it has to be a 4-3-3:

Pickford
Coleman Keane Holgate Digne
Allan Davies Delph
Townsend Richarlison Gray

Gordon on for Townsend in the last 30 minutes.

Iwobi and Rondon shouldn’t be starting matches until they are showing far more. Rest Godfrey until after the November international break.

Hold on to your hats and clench the buttocks when Tottenham have a corner or free-kick near the box.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
10:18:14

If Digne is ready to go then that’s it, 3 across the back with wing backs and Gomes, fit or not, just to run alongside Son and whisper in his ear.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
10:28:47

Nightmare scenario. Spurs will be over-enthused having Conte in the dug-out. Kane will be on a happy hunting ground and up against a nervy defence.

Like treading water for me at the moment. I want to so desperately stay up but I have a sinking feeling. Not Rafa’s fault in my eyes. Shit show of a squad and who can hope to dream of a win when you have Iwobi, Holgate and Rondon in your team?

Normally over-optimistic and thought we’d beat Wolves but, when you see Allan and Keane arguing on the pitch, Godfrey out of sorts, and with Calvert-Lewin, Digne, Mina and he who shall not be named all out… well, you have to worry. I am.

Could be an appalling scoreline. Hope he plays Gordon from the outset. Everything crossed.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
10:37:12

Don’t know where else to put this Lyndon/ Michael, you are advertising GrandOldTeam website but when I punch it in it comes up as “ Page not found”have you sacked them?

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
10:38:40

Branthwaite if he’s fit has got to be a better bet than Godfrey at the moment surely. He’s coughing up over a goal a game. But the one thing that must not happen is Keane and Holgate against Kane.

Can’t believe Seamus is making himself available for Ireland at this time. He’s 33, and got a dodgy hammy, and we’ve got no cover. The club must have spoken to him about it, but it looks like our captain has told them to Foxtrot Oscar. Speaks volumes for the spirit down there.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
10:59:58

Dave @23,

Thanks for spotting that. I checked a couple of links to GOT that are buried on our Fans pages… they seem to be working okay.

Any chance you can recall which ToffeeWeb page you were on when you saw this problem, Dave?

Cheers.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
11:26:24

If we have got to play Iwobi, it’s got to be behind the front man. That’s his preferred position, so give him a chance. If it doesn’t work out, then he’s gone in January.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
11:49:02

Hopefully Iwobi sticks to his best position, 10 miles away at Finch Farm.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
12:30:18

One thing we have to do on Sunday is fill our midfield. Our two central midfield players are always outnumbered, so spend most of the game chasing shadows. We can’t afford to play high up the pitch as Spurs’ pace will kill our central defenders.

I just hope we don’t sit back from the start and allow Spurs to dominate. I want us to get in their faces from the first whistle; we are far too passive. COYB

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
12:40:40

The team I would pick is:

Pickford (Why did we let two good goalkeepers leave?)
Coleman
Keane
Branthwaite
Digne
Delph
Townsend
Alan
Gordon
Gray
Richarlison

In a 4-1-4-1 with Delph just in the pocket between midfield and defence, instructed to not go over the halfway line.

But Rafa will pick:

Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Iwobi, Allan, Davies, Townsend, Tosun, Richarlison.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
12:59:39

Colin @27,

I’d also love to see the back of Iwobi in January but where would he go?

Arsenal couldn’t believe their luck when we took him for over £30M and I’d be surprised if we could get half that from another bunch of mugs.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
13:08:56

With at least four of this useless squad gone in January (Tosun, Gomes, Delph, Kenny etc), there is no reason we should be making plans to get the two full-backs, a midfielder and a striker we need to really push us up the table.

Sounds easy but, sooner or later, we have to act like pros and have a Plan B and Plan C.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
13:13:13

Michael (26), well it happens when the GrandOldTeam page is advertised on the bottom right-hand side of the page. Just tried it now and “Page not found” came up.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
13:17:25

Michael, Dave, I clicked on the Rafa link under From Grand Old Team and it said “Page Not Found”.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
14:21:05

So difficult to pick a side that is short of confidence, quality, and depth. I’m no fan of Rafa, but Pep, Klopp, anyone you care to mention would do well with this lot. Go for a 0-0 and try and nick a goal is the only thing I can see…

Given the mobility of Regulion, Moura and Son, I’d change it a little and put more mobile people in those positions, regardless of whether or not they make our ‘best team’ or not. Keane man-marks Kane and doesn’t leave his side.

That looks like (IMO):

Pickford
Kenny – Coleman – Keane – Holgate – Digne
Allan – Delph – Davies
Richarlison – Gray

Subs: Begovic, Godfrey, Branthwaite, Gbamin, Iwobi, Townsend, Gordon, Rondon, Tosun.

Funny, listing it out, we have a huge squad just short on quality. Of those 20, I’d swap in of our players either injured, unavailable, or on loan:

Mina, Nkounkou, Doucoure, Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson, Gomes.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
14:40:37

Significant that none of the the proposed team selections even mention Iwobi! I wonder why??

Bobby @32

I like your team selection but I agree: Benitez won’t go for it.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
14:51:47

Such a dreadful squad, with a striker and left-back out on loan that we could do with now.

I’ve no hope for this at all, and Coleman, as much as we have all loved him, like Baines, has been kept 3 years too long. What a pathetic set-up this club is. Obsessed with decades old history, and Bill who still bangs on about Howard’s Way.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
15:06:31

We may have Tosun on the bench, but I will be very surprised if he gets more than a couple of minutes.

Everton will be trying to offload him in January, to save on wages, so cannot see us risking another injury, scuppering an exit.

Iwobi has got a free pass with scoring at Wolves, his only contribution, but enough to justify Rafa starting him yet again, even though Gordon should be getting a start in his place.

With the exception of Digne returning, I see a similar line up,to the one that started v Wolves.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
15:49:56

MK26. GOP – Home page bottom right click link. – Not found!

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
15:55:12

Dave and Brent, I have just tried it too, and guess what?

Page not found came up! 🙂

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
16:22:38

I’m sure Heung-Min Son will get a warm Goodison welcome!

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
16:56:53

Just seen Rafa’s presser. Nothing of note other than he has the look of a man who now realises the classic car (EFC) he’s bought is a heap of shite, and rotten to the core, but looked okay at first because it had shiny new paint on it and it seemed to go alright!!! Plus the salesman was like Swiss Tony!!

Same shit, different weekend, same outcome… We need 12 new players or 10th place again.

How boring is it being mediocre?!

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
17:16:05

Allan (45),

10th place. Wow!! That is too much to expect with the present bunch.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
17:32:07

John @47,

I know, but it’s Friday and, after a hard week building, I am feeling generous, upbeat and a bit daft!

Bring on the beer!

But Iwobi is still really shit!

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
17:32:37

Doesn’t Delph’s contract run out at the end of this season? Maybe I’m being cynical but his best 45 minutes in a blue shirt coincided with the realisation that, if he’s going to get a new contract anywhere, he’d better start playing, and playing like he’s bothered.

He’s taken the piss for 2½ years.

If he becomes Player of the Season for the next 6 months, I’d still fuck him off for that reason alone.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
17:52:51

The U21 games are to be televised by Sky so hope to see our Anthony. v Czech on 11 November and v Georgia on 16 November.

And “Elijah Campbell, meanwhile, is selected in an England Under-18 squad that will participate in the four-nation Pinatar Tournament in Spain”. Also well deserved.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
17:59:30

Jeff, yeah, June 2022 is when Delph’s contract is up. We only paid £8M for him, so no great loss… other than 3 years of paying him wages for next to no return. 😠😠😠

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
18:10:03

Can someone please tell me why Digne is everyone’s blue-eyed boy?

Slow, weak, gives away free-kicks all the time, can never get a corner past the first man, and maybe gets to put in two good crosses a game.

Jesus, I miss Bainesy on the left.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
18:19:11

Congrats to Gordon on his Under-21 call up. I’m sure Lee Carsley will make use of his talent and will get the best out of him.

I’ve already given up on Sunday as the propensity for our centre-backs to provide assists to Kane, combined with the lift their new manager will give them, is likely to overwhelm us.

I’d give Branthwaite a start. Even though he was guilty of one bad error in his previous appearances, the present pairings are making 2 or 3 howlers per match.

If Iwobi and/or Rondon start, it will be game over. I cannot think of anything more likely to deflate the atmosphere at Goodison than those two names being announced before the kick-off. Things could get very nasty very quickly on Sunday.

ps: Has anyone been spotted in a shirt with Rondon on the back yet? There’s always someone willing to take on a daft bet.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
18:35:25

Tony #53,

He’s not everybody’s blue-eyed boy. Plenty on here don’t rate him, including me, but he’s all we’ve got at left-back so it’s him or Godfrey. I’d say Digne just edges it.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
18:36:14

John @54, most probably not, but I don’t remember seeing a shirt with Hibbert on the back either, over many years.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
18:40:32

Baines was brilliant, Tony, and was criminally underused once Digne came to the club IMO.

But those corners might not be so bad if Everton just put a player at the front post? It’s one of my biggest pet hates in football, and something that I find really hard to understand.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
19:08:00

Joe 56,

I recall many a time (probably too many) where the blue Hibbert shirt was worn around Goodison, and even away from home. Unfortunately, Tony was wearing it.

To be fair, we could do with the 2007 version right now, Seamus is done, imo.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
19:36:08

Some understandable reticence being expressed here but, if we don’t beat this fucking crew, I’ll be found sitting at the foot of our stairs.

11/5? Not a big gambler, but that has to be worth a nifty…

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
19:38:09

Michael (46), thanks for the info, no panic and ToffeeWeb is still the best website on the football scene!!

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
20:16:58

Seeing the teamsheet prior to the game is always a big deal for me and I like it best when the manager appears to have selected his best available team.

So, for Sunday, Rafa, please, please no Iwobi – the guy has had numerous chances and sadly, for the most part, has been a miserable failure.

Secondly, can we please have three central midfielders who can win and retain possession? It’s really no fun for anybody when we allow the visiting team to dominate games by allowing them the freedom of the midfield.

Not for me to say who those three should be and you may win Manager of the Month if you can find three who can play for 90 minutes. But, if you manage to do this, you will have my full support. Good luck as I expect we will need it.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
20:28:30

Brian @62,

Seeing as it’s close to Christmas, could you buy an Iwobi shirt to go along with the Rondon one?

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
20:38:03

Breaking newsEverton shop sells 35,000 Rondon shirts in 24 hours. A measure of his popularity.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
20:39:36

Brian & Barry,

You’re both on to something. Chuck in another 30 shirts to clear the dead wood and the board. You’re going to need a bigger closet!

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
20:50:11

Brian, I’ve only had one, Limpar. Your Speed one is pretty awesome. He was a great player but unfortunately came at the wrong time, and I was miffed like mad when he left.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
20:54:49

I’ll add to the congratulations for Anthony Gordon, the lad is doing very well this season, a deserved call-up.

The positive contribution he made when he came on last week will get Benitez thinking. He looked proactive and confident. Really trying to make something happen rather than be passive and choosing the easy option.

It is the sign of a quality player when they have this attitude and the natural talent to back it up. It wouldn’t surprise me too much to see him starting on Sunday, he can’t be far away.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
20:54:51

Lee Carsley picking Anthony Gordon for the England U21 squad, may be a subtle hint to Benitez to start picking him from the start. If Carsley thinks Anthony Gordon is good enough for the England U21s, then he’s good enough to be selected before Iwobi.

Good selection, Lee Carsley!!

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
21:03:15

All well and good talking about formations and team selection but Rafa needs to get them fired up from the start and we fans need to get the stadium rocking from when the players enter the pitch.

I expect a brilliant noisy atmosphere and an “up for it” fighting performance. Let’s enjoy a win before the international break.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
21:32:00

Goodison will not be rocking

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
21:53:48

I think Digne gets too much stick.

He might not be rapid but he ain’t slow either and he is always looking to do both his defensive and offensive duties.

Sometimes it’s about who you are operating with. If he’s expected to get forward as often as possible then someone has to be aware at the times he will be caught out of position.

Whoever he is linking up with going forwards will make a big difference too. Demarai likes to carry the ball inside and doesn’t all that often look at the overlap from what I’ve seen.

Was Bainesey ever any better than when he was playing with Pienaar?

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
22:04:57

Will he make any difference? I don’t think so.

This squad, at least those that are fit, are just average and the last three games showed that in a big way.

Most of the team that get’s on the pitch is way too slow in closing down the opposition and frequently leads to excess pressure on the back line which is also a tad slow. Our quickest man used to be Seamus but he is now past his best.

Kenny is quick but not really up to the task and they let a good prospect in Nkounkou go for this season.

Spurs, as we know, are very dangerous and they now have a new manager they all want to impress

Our players have gone past their grace period and have slunk back to what they were previously.

I will be very surprised if they can avoid defeat again.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
22:08:38

We was all envious of Villa beating us to the likes of Bailey and Ings but sometimes it doesn’t pan out. If we can get our players back soon as and the FFP limits will be loosened in January, when we surely get buyers for Tosun, Sigurdsson, Delph, Kenny and Gomes which will let this boss do some more clever business. This season might not be as disastrous as it seems. New hope, new chairman, coyb.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
22:14:47

No Si, the Bainaar was the apex of 21st Century Everton football possession. Those two were the proof of what you are saying about speed and were the epitome of running to create space. Telepathic.

 Posted
05/11/2021 at
22:18:48

“In January, when we surely get buyers for Tosun, Sigurdsson, Delph, Kenny and Gomes”

Thanks for that, Brian @73. Biggest laugh of the weekend so far. And it’s only just begun. Keep ’em coming!!


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