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Elston Gunnn

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  1. White and Le Seaux on NBCSN are embarrassed at the play of both teams here, but especially Everton. Wouldn’t care if they were wrong, but they’re mostly right. A goal would change this dull match, preferably one by us.
  2. Given this very specific choice, it strikes me as indisputable that winning the League Cup is, yes, clearly preferable, as it breaks our dismaying trophy drought and automatically qualifies us for the Europa League. A cup trophy is by now a pressing psychological and club-cultural need, and a place in (even 2d-tier) European football essential to entice better players to come to Everton. Now, I can imagine at least 2 counterarguments (which means the right choice might not be indisputable to all). 1. One who thinks Europa League participation harms the team’s performance in the EPL might say, stay away from Europa League, and finishing 7th means we might avoid that horror show. Top 4 or bust. 2. One who thinks putting out a strong team to try to win each Cup tie will simply tire out our best players might say, don’t make it even harder to climb up the table. This line of thinking says the League Cup is itself a foolish distraction, and we should never set out a strong squad. If we lose early in the League Cup competition, good riddance. Top 4 or bust.
  3. Does this mean 4-3-3? 3-4-2-1? Maybe 3-5-2? Would this be a stacked midfield? Sidibe Keane Holgate Walcott Davies Gomes Sigurdsson Digne Richarlison DCL
  4. This seems indisputably true, but it’s not our situation surrounding the Leicester Cup tie. We have a brutal December (through Jan. 1): 9 matches over 32 days (average of a match every 3 1/2 days ), including City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, ManU, and Leicester twice. More specifically, 3 times Everton will have 3 matches over 7 days, which is much more challenging physically than one extra match over 6 weeks. I guess December always presents a crowded fixture list. The addition of a Cup quarterfinal just makes it all the more challenging for the same 10-11 outfield players to start all those 9 matches. Even absent further injuries, I think we’d expect somewhat more than minimal rotation. By which, to be clear, I do not mean/want/predict wholesale changes from match to match. And if by some minor miracle we take points away to Leicester and Liverpool in early Dec, then, ok, don’t change a thing for Chelsea 3 days later. Then figure it out from there.
  5. Man City or Liverpool would be worst draw (as in, duh). One minor plus if we draw Reds: because they play in Club World Cup in Qatar in Dec, their League Cup match will be delayed to Jan 7-ish, much better for us because of our brutal December. Too minor to be of sufficient consolation, admittedly. Not trying to be controversial, just curious — would anyone actually prefer to draw Liverpool?
  6. Generally I’m one (a minority, I think) who prefers some rotation for cup matches. Maybe 3-5 changes, not 8-9. Partly this comes from my view that we don’t have a clear “excellent” first 11, nor do we have unanimity on TT as to who is the best choice at every position. (Some think Delph is preferable to Davies; others scoff at that thought. Some think Coleman is past it; others disagree. Should Holgate replace Keane, when Mina returns? Should Baines get a start in Dec? Etc.) The next round of the League Cup this season presents a special problem. We’ll probably play Wed Dec 18, 3 days after facing ManU away and 3 days before Arsenal at Goodison. That’s 3 matches in 7 days, which, further, is the end of a brutal first 3 weeks in December. So, I’m skeptical that we’ll know — or agree about — our best 11; and even if it were clear to all our first-choice at every position, I assume somewhere in our December matches, some rotation will be necessary. I’m desperately hoping for Colchester or Oxford, at Goodison. Only one who truly thinks this season’s League Cup is a fool’s errand when we might be in the relegation zone by mid-Dec will prefer any of the other 5 possibilities.
  7. My complaint is that it took a long time for VAR to give the pen. The rule states “clear and obvious.” If it takes multiple viewings, it’s unlikely to have been clear and obvious. I’m irritated that Silva didn’t make that point. As to the push on Richarlison, as Matt says, that seemed clearly (thus obviously) a foul; but I suspect Matt’s point about Richarlison already having a reputation as a diver was a factor.
  8. Agree. Delph subbing in was maddening, and puzzling. At the time I assumed Silva was playing for a draw, since he subbed out 2 attackers but brought on only one.
  9. Sidibé the least bad of a set of mediocre performances. Holgate decent, with a superb through ball. Last week, 7 or 8 solid candidates. This week, struggle to praise the team or manager.
  10. I do hope Silva’s complaint about the penalty specifies that it cannot have been “clear and obvious” to take that long.
  11. Amen. Has to be clear and obvious. If it takes that long, it’s not clear and obvious.
  12. Well, DCL replaces 2 attackers and scores. Ha. Lovely through ball from, good heavens, Holgate!
  13. Two attackers off, only one on? Playing for draw?
  14. Enough of Walcott for me. Kean or DCL, please.
  15. I’d give Walcott maybe 15 more minutes. If he is hesitant on another opportunity, I’d hope to see Kean or DCL. Probably can’t take Davies out yet, as need to save one sub for late.
  16. Are we capable of effectively shutting up shop? Serious question. Would a professional performance today look entirely different from last week? i’ve no idea how Brighton play generally, play at home, or will play today.
  17. Delph or Schneiderlin if injury to Holgate or Keane? Or could Coleman or Sidibe move to CH?
  18. Yes, yes, probably, yes, maybe, yes, no. I misinterpreted the slogan “For the Thinking Evertonian” as implying a default bias in favor of words, and even sentences. But I concede that sometimes too many words may hint at overthinking.
  19. To get past thinking and unthinking, I’ll try to refocus on the substantive issue of playing Brighton tomorrow, and hope I’m not overthinking. Stipulate that no matter the differences between Brighton and WHam, it is likely close to unanimous on TT that Silva should (and probably will) select the same team as last week. (Possibly Holgate for injured Mina.) I know there must be several/many on TT who know a little or a lot about Brighton so far this season, so I’m trying to ask a straightforward question: As to the matter of differences, how are Brighton (on their home pitch) likely to present different opportunities and different challenges from WHam? And, what will be the strengths of last week’s Everton selection in capitalizing on such opportunities and responding to such challenges?
  20. Hmmm, well, it would be a pithy summation were TT “For the Unthinking Evertonian.” But I suspect Romey’s pith actually means: 1. No, hell no, there’s no argument whatsoever.... Stay in your lane, Elston, mate. 2. No, Brighton away poses no tactical issues that would warrant ignoring #1 above. 3. Yes, energy momentum triumphs over tactical considerations, at least in the short run. Uh, oh. If Silva changes the selection, I fear Romey and MikeO will separate him from his head. And blame me (TT - Not For the Overthinking Evertonian) for the bloody mess.
  21. Like most everyone, I (think I) want to see the same team as last week. But I do have a team selection question. Maybe several. Is there any — any — argument whatsoever for a change or two, say, Delph for Davies, or Sigurdsson for Walcott (moving Iwobi outside), or Coleman at RB, based on playing a different team with a presumably different style, or playing away? Will Brighton away pose significantly different tactical issues than WHam at Goodison? Is there any “logical” tactical argument for even minimal selection change? Or do such tactical considerations pale in comparison to psychological factors (implicit throughout Palfy’s pointed post) such as energy momentum, exciting football, rewarding individual-and-team near-excellence throughout the WHam match?
  22. Went with Gomes. Tie with Mina. Don’t know anyone who played poorly or lackadaisically. Didn’t like Davies’s stupid yellow, Walcott’s offsides, or outside of footers from Iwobi and Walcott. But the concentration and effort all through the team impressed.
  23. That’s what Sigurdsson can do. .
  24. Excellent effort from Sigurdsson, none of that outside of foot stuff.
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