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Il Pirata

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  1. Il Pirata

    Team for Everton

    I don't think we should be trying things like this just yet. We need to get our best team out, essentially the one from the second half of last season with a tweak or two and take it from there.
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    Team for Everton

    I like this line up. Nice and solid with two proper holding midfielders combining passing and physicality. Vrancic to sit in the hole and thread balls into the channels using the pace of Hernandez and Intelligence of Pukki, or short accurate balls into Buendia to do what he does best. Byram will offer a better level of defensive assurance behind Buendia. I'd look to rotate Trybull and Leitner depending on opposition, and give Roberts some game time from the bench for Hernandez. We need to our big game players. Looking at last season, and there's little doubt the front four are absolutely that. No longer can it be justified that the likes of Mclean and Cantwell keep players like Vrancic out of the side.
  3. Agreed Jim. Farke has shown some quality during his time here, but has also overseen some poor runs of form and results. I do rate Farke (obviously), but he is by no means proven or established yet. Certainly not at this level. Farke would struggle to get a job at a top championship club currently IMO. Yes he can only work with what he has. But the truth is he continually demonstrates a lack of willingness to work with his full array of resource, almost with arrogance, which is hidden very well by the way. Patrick Roberts based on his Celtic form should be playing. Sam Byram should also be playing, either take Aarons out of the firing line or tried at CB. At CB I'm more than confident he is better and more adaptable than an aging Tettey. He's probably our most defensive minded defender. Excellent against Man City, surely he deserved a run in the team? His use of Leitner is equally as hard to understand. Leitner is a deep lying playmaker. He is one of the few players in our squad that has premier league class in his locker, albeit occasionally. He demonstrated against Newcastle what he can do, surely Farke should be working with that and trying to embellish some consistency? I appreciate he played a couple of games in the deep lying role, but next to Mclean, which was never going work, before being shoe horned into an advanced role which clearly doesn't suit his style. His our playmaker, tempo setter, and needs to play deep next to a powerful defensive minded midfield player. Which is hopefully Amadou. Is that it for Leitner now? I wouldn't bet against it. It's just all very perplexing and hard to grasp Farke's logic currently. Its very concerning and I'm anxious the likes of Buendia and Pukki are becoming frustrated and fed up with it.
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    Match Night Thread -

    Cantwell and Drmic on for Buendia and Steipermann… It just isn't going to change anything - such a weak change. Buendia straight down the tunnel too. Is he turning into a problem? What a shame if so.
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    Match Night Thread -

    David Freezer: Doesn't seem fair on Alex, either, really, does it? I really find that David Freezer gets on my wick. In the heat of the moment let a fan vent at a player! Bring back Bailey.
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    Match Night Thread -

    I'm sorry, but moving Tettey into midfield is hardly going for the win. I'd rather Amadou came on for Mclean and played in his preferred position.
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    Match Night Thread -

    Cantwell straight out on the pitch to warm up, on his own, coming on at the break? For McLean, perhaps? That doesn't really inspire, does it?
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    Match Night Thread -

    Again, what a gulf in glass between the two team sheets. We're playing a team who are bottom of the League, yet to win, and still they have a players with outstanding ability such as Deulofeu and Doucoure.
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    Match Night Thread -

    Farke hasn't done himself any favours here... He's chosen to stick when twist potentially offered him a no lose situation. It's time for something different... Amadou, Byram and Roberts.
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    Match Night Thread -

    Have to agree with Byram. A proper defender, very surprised Farke hasn't tried him at CB.
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    Match Night Thread -

    Same side?! If Amadou is fit, and Farke wants Tettey at centre back, surely this was the opportunity for Amadou to play in his favoured position? Kenny Mclean ahead of Leitner too, not sure about that. Both been poor recently, but Leitner proved against Newcastle he can be very effective in the right circumstances. Not sure I recall too much positive influence from Mclean this season. It just looks a bit light through the middle again. Good to see Vrancic back though. At least we have a decent option from the bench.
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    Reports of our early demise are greatly exaggerated

    Yes, I agree. The mentioned games have been all too predictable, and more or less followed an exact pattern throughout.
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    Reports of our early demise are greatly exaggerated

    "Burnley/West Ham/Palace and Brighton away results" Whilst not disgraceful, they do show a negative trend over a substantial period of time. The concern is more than justified - especially as the trend shows no sign of changing trajectory. That's a lot of points lost to so called rivals. But what will be, will be. We should definitely try a bit harder to enjoy it and you never know! The biggest disappointment for me is if the atmosphere suffers and we lose what was being built so well last season (and into this). Having partisan support is defined more clearly during the not so good times.
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    Where is Mario?

    Not played competitively since May, on top of injury, illness and no preseason. I'd be very surprised to see him feature against Watford. I agree with the OP though. We do need him, or at least the chance to try him. He's been a very effective player for us. I just hope he can re-discover that form and this prolonged spell on the sidelines hasn't taken anything away from him.
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    Match Thread v Brighton

    It was that at 1 nil...
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    Match Thread v Brighton

    Oh great.. we are so predictable.
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    Match Thread v Brighton

    Young player, confidence shot - Doesn't know how to deal with it, and looks to channel it though frustration and anger which isn't helping. Needs some good man management.
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    Match Thread v Brighton

    Strange isn't it. His attitude is starting to look questionable too, yet he's a shoe in every time. You have to feel for Roberts.
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    Match Thread v Brighton

    I'm starting to wish this season away...
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    Match Thread v Brighton

    Game over..
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    Match Thread v Brighton

    Brighton bring on a Belgium international, it really does show the gulf we're trying to deal with.
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    Match Thread v Brighton

    I'd take a point all day long.
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    Match Thread v Brighton

    Sounds (and feels) like its only a matter of time before Brighton score. We just can't halt attacks, we're sliced through too easy. Our midfield is too open, but we don't have the personal to really change it. Therefore we have to get on the front foot and keep a high press, and not give the ball away in advanced areas. Keep the ball longer and probe a bit.
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    Derby Sack Injured Player

    With all other factors the same, age, contract status, etc.... yes I think the same outcome. I think the captain thing is ultimately irrelevant, although it does (conveniently) help to support Derby's position.
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    Derby Sack Injured Player

    I think the key difference between Keogh and the other two from a legal point of view, is that Keogh cannot fulfil the duties of his contract - as a consequence of his gross misconduct. Of course Derby have been cute, but who can blame them? After all its Keogh's actions that have led to this. It may seem unfair, but only in the context of the outcome for the other two players. In isolation this is more than justified.
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