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  1. Started brilliantly and once again we concede to a shot that most goalkeepers in the premier league would probably save, certainly the better keepers in the league. Reece James giving the ball away quite a lot but given he hasn’t had a run of games in the team can be forgiven to an extent. Hopefully we lift back up to the levels before Palace got their goal. Pulisic has been brilliant once again, as has Willian. A third goal for us to settle the nerves please!
  2. I have seen some truly horrifying stats on Kepa circulating on Twitter today. Stats don’t always tell the whole story which I get, but the eye test alone is enough to see he is simply not good enough. I recall Rob Green doing an interview where he said that Kepa carries his price tag around with him, and IIRC he gave the impression that he was quite arrogant about it. His behaviour in the League Cup final alone should have been enough to set alarm bells ringing. Quite simply he is not good enough. His save percentage is awful, he doesn’t command his area and somehow he’s the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football. I haven’t seen many stats in relation to his distribution, which could be his only saving grace. Again, based on the eye test alone I don’t think he’s particularly great with the ball at his feet. All in all he’s absolutely bloody awful. We will never recoup the money we spent on him, and we should sell him before things get any worse. I understand the club won’t want to cut their losses on him so soon but he is never going to improve. I can’t recall a player in the last 15 years I wanted to see the back of so badly.
  3. Your point on his decision making has always been the main problem with him. Decision making and his general awareness are both really poor. If Frank can help him to develop in that sense I think he will be a fantastic asset to the team, as he has been in the most recent games. In fairness to Barkley he’s now played under 3 managers in his short time with us, each of them asking him to play a different role which can’t have helped for a player who still hadn’t settled on one particular role at Everton. Hopefully the stability we’re getting with Lampard in charge as well as the obvious fact he played in a similar role himself, will help Barkley massively. For me he’s more than deserving of regular starts at the moment, ideally alongside Kante and Kovacic.
  4. Kepa Azpi Rudiger Christensen Alonso Kante Barkley Kovacic Willian Giroud Pulisic Hopefully Pulisic is fit, he’s been our best player in these last 3 games. Mount has quickly accumulated a lot of minutes and may benefit from a rest. Azpi performing well ahead of James in the games we’ve seen since lockdown. Feeling quite confident for this game - lots of options from the bench if things aren’t working for us.
  5. Kepa James Rudiger Zouma Alonso Mount Gilmour Kovacic RLC Tammy Pulisic Possibly Tomori in place of either Rudiger or Zouma. RLC a bit of an outside shot out wide but makes sense to try him there if we’re struggling to keep Willian & Pedro beyond 30th June.
  6. RLC being on the bench should be a boost for the crowd if nothing else. Hopefully if things are a bit flat Frank sends him for a quick jog down the touch line, that should liven the atmosphere up a little! Jose will know full well the sort of teams we’ve struggled against this season and will set up to play on the counter, using the pace of Moura and Bergwijn. Let’s hope for an early goal to settle the nerves and bring Spurs out of their shell. I think we’ll knick it. KTBFFH
  7. To be fair I hope you’re right and he can reduce the amount of time he spends on the sidelines. Not sure how his recent injury history compares to most other players? We’ve done well in the past to steer clear of players with a poor/unfortunate injury record. Hopefully he gets back fit soon, he made a huge impact earlier in the season and we’ve missed him while he’s been out.
  8. Nice sweeping generalisation there.
  9. As others have alluded to, last nights game left a sour taste after the VAR controversy. Zouma's goal should've stood and Maguire should've been off. Those things do affect the momentum of the game as well as the scoreboard and the obvious numerical advantage of 11v10. In terms of the game itself, I didn't think we played particularly well against what looked to be a really poor United team. I thought Batshuayi was by far the worst player on the pitch, closely followed by Pedro. A lot of dribbling in the middle of the pitch from Kovacic, which always looks nice, but as usual his final ball was often poor. Very little creativity again in midfield, even when Mason Mount came on. I noticed a few times that Mount seemed to want to wait for the ball to run across his body before taking it forward, he got caught out a few times by not collecting the ball first and then turning. At the back we were typically vulnerable to crosses/set pieces. We must've conceded more goals from crosses this season than most teams in the league? At the point Maguire heads the ball I don't think Rudiger's feet have even left the floor. I think Christensen was a little unfortunate given he'd only just got back on after his injury, but it's not unusual for him to be too lightweight in those situations. Once again Reece James looked like our most creative player (which is pleasing in a sense and worrying in another). I was pleasantly surprised to see Azpi stay on his left foot a couple of times as well and go on the outside, rather than turn back and play the ball infield like he often does when he plays LB. Giroud offered considerably more than Batshuayi when he came on too - he surely has to start against them at the weekend?! Just about the only 3 positives I can gleam from the game. Onwards and upwards for Spuds at the weekend!
  10. Exactly the team I would go with, only perhaps with the exception of Tomori for Zouma. Although for some reason Tomori can't get a game at the moment - not sure if that's injury related or what? Really hope the crowd get behind the team and create a hostile atmosphere, similar to the 2-2 in the "Battle of the Bridge". Hopefully at least one of Abraham, Pulisic or CHO is able to make the bench (going to assume Kante and RLC are definitely ruled out) - I think that'd really help to lift the crowd. Failing that I do wonder if it might be the game to re-introduce Kepa? We need a spark from somewhere!
  11. Might seem ridiculous but that pressure from Leicester all comes from our inability to play out from the back. Rudiger has a chance to bring it out from the back and release Azpilicueta, the ball to him isn’t hit with any pace and is behind him, Azpilicueta has to give it back to Caballero who belts it out for a Leicester throw. Dismal.
  12. The minute we went 1-0 up we collapsed. We’re doomed at the minute. Go a goal up and the intensity completely disappears, go a goal down and we never look like recovering. Man we need RLC.
  13. Rudiger and CHO haven’t looked great but despite that we’re playing some good stuff. Pedro’s having an excellent game.
  14. CHO scores, Willy keeps a clean sheet and Chelsea win 2-0. KTBFFH

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