Date: 6th September 2017 at 12:15pm
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Will Koeman play Rooney? Can Harry find the net? Will Poch play the newbies?

In a month of only three games in August, we have seen good football but moderate results, the assessment of individual players has shed some light on what the team is missing and one of them is a Winger! Mousa Dembele was considered our best overall player this month. (Kyle Walker-Peters made an excellent start as Premier League man of the match debut at Newcastle, but hasn’t been picked since!) For the 3rd consecutive season we have had a slow start. Poch had a great start to his Spurs career 3 years ago (2014) with 4 wins in 5 games, which included 2 Europa League play-off games, but, in August for the last 3 years our results have been dull. 2 years ago we didn’t manage a win in our first 4 games (D3 L1) and sat in 16th place, and yet we became challengers to Leicester finishing 3rd. Last year was a similar situation with 1 win and 2 draws, although we were in 7th place in the early tables but we still became title challengers to Chelsea. Despite our moderate start this year (W1 D1 L1) will we achieve again this season? Have we enough on the bench this time? The link is said to be Levy`s insistence to bring players in after the season has started rather than doing the business in the summer months giving us no time to bed players in. the other is Harry`s August drought, 13 appearances for the club in August and still no goals! As a club though we have emerged as an elite Premier League force in the 4 years under Mauricio, who has successfully transformed us into title challengers and has earned us a regular Champions League place.

In an analysis by Opta of passing sequences Stoke and Leicester are the quickest at progressing attacks with their moves, averaging 1.99 metres per second. The Gooners are in the top 5 fastest attacking teams in the PL despite using more passes, an average of 4.38. We use an average of 4.48 passes but we are much slower even though we as a team have the second highest passes per sequence in the PL, our direct speed is 33 percent slower than the Gooners, even though our pass rate is similar in number to the Woolwich, we are much slower in moving the ball forwards. This has to change this season, especially at Wembley. Everton by contrast are the slowest at moving the ball forwards along with West Ham, Liverpool are the fastest! We can`t keep playing in front of defences we have to get in behind them. If we play possession football in front of the Everton defence it will be a long day. Our lack of width against Chelsea was one reason why we could not break them down and, try as we did to get a Winger in the TW, we didn`t, which we may regret. I am hoping Aurier is chosen as I would like to see how good he is playing as a wing back. Both Sanchez and Aurier fit Poch’s playing style well, both having the pace to recover from high-line defending if need be, and, the skill to assist in our method of playing from the back.

Everton is the first of seven fixtures we have this month including 2 Champions League games and an EFL game, ending the month at Wembley, in the Prem, against Huddersfield. More than enough game time for Poch to work out who will be his first eleven for the CL and the Prem and the Cup games. Most of our first eleven have been on International duty, hopefully, these players will not be too lagged on their return. Everton have spent the best part of £140m on new players and had just about done their transfer business before the season kicked off and what a good bit of business they did with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen from Ajaz, who Davinson Sanchez knows well, Wayne Rooney, Henry Onyekuru, Sandro Ramirez, Cuco Martina, Nikola Vlasic. Siggy and Rooney could become a lethal pairing and Roon is enjoying his return to his home club scoring two goals in three Premier League games. Koeman’s side are without Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, James McCarthy, Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie and Davy Klaassen, while Jordan Pickford and Mason Holgate are rated at 75 per cent to recover from muscle and ankle injuries respectively but Sandro Ramirez is fit. There is a question mark as to whether Koeman will drop Rooney for this game. He may not play because of the stick he may get and all the media attention or because his mind might not be on the game given his current domestic situation! Looks like Rooney`s home form ain`t as good as his away form! Koeman has had several run ins with star players over the years over disciplinary issues, Koeman needs to get results at Everton after their expenditure, what Koeman doesn`t need is another Gazza! If Rooney does play then it should be a 3-4-3; Ramirez up front with Siggy and Rooney alongside, Baines, Gueye, Davies and Holgate across the middle and Jaglieka, Williams and Keane as the back three. Idrissa Gueye looks like a good acquisition for Everton as does Calvert-Lewin whose crosses assisted both Rooney`s goals against Stoke and City. Everton went to City to deliberately frustrate them but I expect the Toffees to come at us, with or without Rooney, they are going to be their usual handful. Our track record at Goodison has always been a tough one but Everton have not beaten us since December 2012 (9 matches ago).

Wanyama and Trippier are still trying to shake off ankle and knee injuries, Dany Rose is still in doubt. Although Rose has burnt his bridges with the Tottenham hierarchy he has still been named in our Champions League Squad. N`Koudou and Lamela are still not available and Lamela`s injury has meant he is left out of our CL Squad, but N`Koudou is in. Janssen is relegated to a squad player and looks like a busted flush. Who will Poch pick? Verts Toby and Sanchez at the back, Aurier and Davies as Wing Backs and Dier sitting in front of the back 3 in his favourite position? Dembele and Eriksen and Kane to make the spine with Alli and Son in the channels and could Llorente come on to replace Kane in last the 15 minutes? Aurier is an exciting player, who is going to give Trippier competition. Aurier rates himself as the best right back in Europe and should make his debut at Goodison this weekend. Davinson Sanchez impressed against Brazil and does look a bit of a beast! Alli can`t play the first 3 Group H matches starting on Wednesday against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley because of his red card against Gent last season. Poch`s pick for Everton must surely take that fixture into consideration. So, will Poch blood the new boys or throw them into the CL as their first game? We have a date with Derby or Barnsley in the Carabao Cup on the 19th September a perfect opportunity to let Poch see what our youngsters can do and for Vince to get some playing minutes! It all depends on how attack or defence minded Poch wants to be, so who will he choose for this one?

 

81 Replies to “Everton v Spurs Match Preview…”

  • Well, For this match, can’t blame Wembley, can’t blame August, Can’t blame lack of squad depth….BUT, there’s the bedding in period! I want to see Poch adapt a little more and cut this cr@p out on using subs at 91 mins! Tough game but isn’t it September when we wake up and chase the leaders?! 1-2 spurs. COYS!

  • I doubt he will play SANCHEZ as he has hardly had any time to work with him and he was playing in Columbia yesterday so his body clock will be all over the place until next week. I would expect Poch to play the same team as against Burnley except for Trippier. Whether he plays Aurier or not I guess will depend on whether he has been involved in any International games this week. Everton were poor at Chelsea but that was at the end of a tough schedule of games. They always raise their game against us but the consensus on here is that we are playing well so I would expect a win.

  • There do remain issues and I think fans are well entitled to bring them up. Not necessarily. Some issues, IMO, are obvious and glaring. I’ll be the first to state that I wanted a winner brought in as manager. While I acknowledge 100% that Levy was correct in hiring Pochettino, and that the most important thing is that the Chairman, scouts and manager all need to be of the same mind, the entire team, Chairman, Manager and players all need to learn to win. Pochettino needs to start changing things up. Defensively, I think we are very good. The issue is the other end of the pitch. Last game there was no change when we were not breaking through. Just more of the same. Not sure that is better than Harry telling players to go out and run around a bit. Not good enough. Son, IMO, is a super sub and an occasional starter. I would rarely start him. Off the bench, he changes things. Runs at players. Very direct. Exactly what is needed off the bench. Sissoko should be elsewhere. Not sure what the health of Trippier is. Sanchez and Son have clocked a lot of kms. Llorente is coming off an injury. Wanyama is apparently healthy. If Trippier can go, I would do three at the back with Aurier. Push Trippier and Davies more forward. Wanyama to protect the back 3 with Dembele box to box. Dele and Erikssen in behind Kane. Everton will not score lots this year. Just do not give them free kicks in good areas. Levy has delivered two players with incredible experience and lots of winning on their resumes. Time for Poch and the players to step it up. 3 points is the only acceptable result. Time to deliver. COYS

  • Oy Veh..Reasonable article. Poch has to get the balance right, and this will take some time… Players travelling around the world playing in games and then back to London in a week does not help! However I expect we will have almost (RB Aurier) the same team as last game, with subs on 60min – 80min (lorente, son, Sanchez) Ericson needs to remember how to get his freekicks into opposition net again. Yes we do need to move the ball faster as ponderous sideways and back passing is costing time and the chance to counter attack. A few more quick 1 2 give and pass, some long diagonal balls from Toby to front players (Dele & Harry) on runs will help. Attacks down the wings and crosses into box is needed. As it has been said before..(e.g. Chelsea game) high possession % means nothing if you don’t score goals to win. COYS

  • Guys Aurier played two internationals over the last week. There is a report on NewsNow which shows all his touches from the game against Gabon. This guy is a player, have a look at it. Given a couple of matches to gel with the team (if any needed at all) we will be saying, who’s Walker? Not sure if he will have enough time in training this week to be picked by Poch but from the quality I’ve seen so far, I wouldn’t be surprised that he’s on the field against Everton.

  • peter …. I’m not sure what you’re saying. We did have the best defence AND attack last season. If you expect more of the same, so do I. But I’m not sure we can realistically expect better. And with a record number of points last season how are we lacking a game changer? We’ve got eleven game-changers on the park at any given time.

  • Dele, yes at any level of football players make mistakes. The question must be how many and how critical both in terms of conceding goals and missing opportunities to set up chances for our team. If made on a regular basis then they negate any good things the player may have done. Look at Lloris in the Chelsea game. The two errors cost goals and eventually the match, but he doesn’t make errors like that very often, if at all. If he did, as a goalkeeper, it would be obvious since he has no one to help him out, unlike outfield players. I did say we we played badly in the Chelsea game mainly due to the reason highlighted by Oy Veh regarding the speed of our play allowing Chelsea to control the game. Some saw Chelsea taking a battering, I saw them controlling what we could do. Anyway, I discovered early in my playing days that the level professional footballers attain is massively higher than I would ever be able to achieve and so when I watch today and I think I could have scored that goal or I would have intercepted that pass I know that ‘I’ wouldn’t have done, but as professionals, with all their Superior skill I hold players to a higher standard. Who cares. It’s just my opinion. Always happy to debate. So far this season has been underwhelming for me but with our new additions maybe we are poised for great things. I hope so.

  • Wow, that pitch technology looks great and glad Spurs have given the contract to a UK firm. Still don’t understand how the joins become imperceptible but they say they have tested it out at our training facility so I guess it works. Good stuff.

  • Aurier is being assessed by Poch following the miles he has done Trippier looks like he may not make the Trip (pun not intended) so enter Kyle Walker Peters against Everton?

  • Dele, my frustration with Dier currently is that I think he has so much more to offer. I remember his first game against West Ham, down to 10 men, 2 minutes to go and he popped up from RB to IL takes the pass in his stride, rounds the keeper and wins the game with a smile on his face, and I thought then this lad is going to be great. Perhaps he is being stifled by Poch’s tactics, rarely venturing forward these days except at corners. I think his long spells of standing around playing 5-yard passes on the half-way line probably contribute to his lapses of concentration because he doesn’t feel involved. I hope Poch unleashes him soon. He could be another beast for us.

  • I’d agree with Harry-K re Dier. IMO, he HAS stagnated somewhat because of the his deployment and probably instructed to remain as a holding player ONLY. Apart from the goal v Slovakia, thought he otherwise had an average game, Regardless of the how the other England players fared. Equally same can be said about Verts in that whatever happened to his charging runs and pop at the goal now and again?…seems to do OK with Belgium. So, that too could be down to Poch restricting their advances?

  • Interesting that Danny Boy was one of the 14 that voted to change the transfer deadline day to pre- season. I would have thought, given his hawkish nature that he liked to drive a bargain through using the mid night hour as a lever. Be interesting to see which clubs will be affected the most given that the Continental clubs can still be able to target our players, unsettle and buy players from the Premier League clubs who will be unable to immediately replace any player they lose. Imagine the scenario of a Barca coming for Delle or Eriksen when our window has closed? The staggered league start dates across Europe needs to be addressed if trading is going to increase between clubs there needs to be uniformity.

  • Janssen has gone to Fernerbache in Turkey on loan! ….I hope he does come back but somehow I don’t think he figures any more in Poch’s plans! Ironically he hooks up with Bobby Soldado who is already out there!

  • Critical – that’s spot on. Jan has much more freedom with Belgium and he delivers. For Belgium, Toby is the one being held back. Whatever works for either team I suppose. You can’t really fault MP’s decisions regarding CB’s over the last 2 years, not with that defensive record. Similarly, it’s hard to argue with Belgium’s results recently. So I suppose that depending on the manager, they will give different instructions to different players to suit the team. For Spurs, that means holding Jan back, and pigeon-holing Dier in a very specific role. Maybe it’s harder for those players to shine in those conditions, but it’s for the good of the team. But I agree that both probably have more to offer; the question is at what cost on the rest of the team? If Dier ventures forward more, who is going to cover the back 4? Mousa will have less freedom to go forward. Similarly, if Jan goes forward, who will cover? Probably the full back who will have to be less attacking. Every choice has a trade off.

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