Our first home game of the season then and I think this ought to be a lot easier than last week’s game. Not that any games are easy in the Prem, but I’m sure you know what I mean.
Put it this way. If we lose this, everybody involved with the club will be on a downer.
Not that it’s going to happen.
And before I forget, welcome back, Ashley Young! Hopefully it won’t be a happy return for him.
Squad news and it’s all been dominated by Ming’s cruiciate ligament injury. I don’t particularly rate him, as I’m sure many of you are sick of me saying, but I do appreciate that he is definitely some sort of talisman and it’s true that our results are better when he plays. Hence, he’ll no doubt be a big miss, as much as I want us to learn how to play better without him.
Mings apart, we also have Buendia out with the same injury, but in better news, Alex Moreno is close to returning and Jhon Durán and Bertrand Traoré have returned to training this week.
The big news this week was the signing of Nicolo Zaniolo on loan from Galatasary. I’m not sure what to think about his signing and it seems our hierarchy think the same, with us apparently having some clauses written into the agreement possibly surrounding his ability to stay fit.
Will he come straight into the team today as a replacement for Bailey? It’s difficult to see how he could be any worse in my opinion, as Bailey’s contribution to a game is generally close to zero, but I’d guess the thinking will be that Zaniolo shouldn’t be thrown in too quickly.
I’d expect him to get minutes at least, but if he does start, I’d see that as a sign that Bailey will soon be relegated to a back up status, if indeed he’s not sold.
It should already be obvious what I think about this game. It’s a straightforward win for us.And if we don’t get it, I think I’m going to be in a pretty dark place as Everton are a team that I expect to seriously struggle this season and this year might well see them being relegated.
I can’t quite work out what’s gone so wrong for the Toffees, but some players I thought were pretty decent just haven’t come good for them at all. Neil Maupay immediately springs to mind as a good example.
Still, Everton’s woes should be good for us and I’m going for a 2-1 win.
Fingers crossed as much as we shouldn’t need that and UTV!