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Post-Transfer Window Squad Depth, Outs and Starting XI

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Squad Depth

Happy to be corrected but based on pre-season and Silva's comments I'd say at this moment our squad depth looks something like this:

GK: Pickford, Stekelenburg, Virginia

RB: Coleman, Kenny, Holgate, Martina, Zouma?, Browning

CB: Mina, Zouma?, Holgate, Keane, Jagielka, Pennington, Browning, Galloway

LB: Digne, Baines, Galloway, Martina

DM/CM: Gueye, Gomes, Schneiderlin, Davies, Besic, McCarthy, Dowell, Baningime, J. Williams

RW: Walcott, Richarlison, Ramirez, Bernard, Bolasie, Calvert-Lewin, Vlasic

ACM: Sigurdsson, Bernard, Vlasic, Dowell, Lookman

LW: Richarlison, Lookman, Bernard, Bolasie, Sigurdsson, Vlasic

ST: Tosun, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Ramirez

 

Players to Leave:

The squad is still way too big so i'd say there is probably going to be at least 6 outs.

Probably Gone: Martina, Besic, Bolasie, Vlasic (Loan?), Galloway(Loan?), Pennington(Loan?), Browning(Loan?), J. Williams (Loan)

Possibly Gone: Ramirez, Baningime (Loan), Dowell (Loan)

We're going to need to keep one of Bolasie/Vlasic/Ramirez otherwise we will have no first team wingers outside of the matchday squad as you will see below. If Zouma's deal falls through I'd say we'd need to keep Pennington at the club as CB cover.

 

Starting XI

Silva has already said he'll play a 4-3-3 this season saying last month “Depending the profile of my No. 6, I can play one and two or I can play two and one behind the striker depending on the profile of our No. 6. If we play Schneiderlin, he is a player who likes to play more alone which gives more freedom to the other two midfielders and this is the system I use more”. I think Gomes will eventually be the No. 6 in this system, relegating Schneiderlin to the bench. With Gomes (or Schneiderlin) sitting behind Gylfi I think it's going to work more like a 4-2-3-1 in possession but then a 4-3-3 behind the ball and counter attacking. So I think our full strength starting XI will eventually look like this:

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Apart from the CB pairing, I think the rest of the starting XI picks itself. I'd be surprised if Mina is paired with Keane or Jagielka. Given his height, size and lack of pace I think Mina will need to be paired with a more mobile defender who can track back in counter attacks (in the same way that Mertesacker was always paired with Hummels or Friedrich for Germany or Koscielny for Arsenal) which will either be Zouma, the 9th fastest player in the premier league, or Holgate who also has an impressive recovery pace.

 

 

Thoughts blues?

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It really depends on the opponents. If we expect to keep most of the possession then we will likely not play with 2 defensive midfielders and will look to keep pressure on the opposing defence with more attack minded players. That said, Gomes is capable of playing both defensive and attacking styles.

Against the big clubs I do expect to see 2 defensive midfielders, especially at the start of the game as we look to gain a foothold in the game.

Silva's main gripe with the team was that it was far too slow. So it's clear that he desires a starting 11 with plenty of running in them.

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For me I can see Gylfi Gana Schneiderlin and possibly Walcott struggling to keep their place in the team if they don't impress early doors. Silva will be like most managers and want to give his new signings every opportunity to stake a place in the starting line-up, after all you can bet they weren't convinced to sign by believing they would be sitting on the bench most of the time.

 

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1 hour ago, 12ubb3rduck3y said:

I think Richarlison will end up leading the line if Tosun doesn't hit the net early this season. I'm not sure if Silva is a fan of his lack of pace.

Well either a fan or not, Tosun is the best scoring threat at the moment. Niasse is a good asset but doesn’t have the required capabilities to be a starting striker and we all know about DCL.

Another striker wasn’t the priority and as we’ve seen they all focused on the emerging positions, it was a hard work until the end of the transfer window. So, that’s what he have right now. He needs to use him, at least until the mid-year transfer window.

He said himself how strong he is in the box and he admires his finishing skills, meaning, he knows his strength. He will and needs to re-design his playbook accordingly.

On the other hand, Cenk needs to prove himself. If he can work hard on the pitch and produce goals and assists, there is no way Silva will waste him quickly and it will be a huge relief for all the fans.

I just don’t understand the love of pace. Some people have it some doesn’t have. Some people score regardless, some people can’t. Cenk is a great finisher and he has shown it during his limited time so far and I have no doubt he’ll show more. Question is, will it be enough? That’s what we are going to see and discuss during the season. Give him and new transfers time to adapt and get used to their teammates, they’ll all show what they have. Without patience, in every transfer window you’ll be shouting for new transfers which will lead you to the doom. The money is not infinite, even in EPL.

I am really pleased with the latest transfers. They arrived a little bit late and it will cause some problems in early season but it will be ok, hopefully.

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5 minutes ago, Sir McGiven said:

Well either a fan or not, Tosun is the best scoring threat at the moment. Niasse is a good asset but doesn’t have the required capabilities to be a starting striker and we all know about DCL.

Another striker wasn’t the priority and as we’ve seen they all focused on the emerging positions, it was a hard work until the end of the transfer window. So, that’s what he have right now. He needs to use him, at least until the mid-year transfer window.

He said himself how strong he is in the box and he admires his finishing skills, meaning, he knows his strength. He will and needs to re-design his playbook accordingly.

On the other hand, Cenk needs to prove himself. If he can work hard on the pitch and produce goals and assists, there is no way Silva will waste him quickly and it will be a huge relief for all the fans.

I just don’t understand the love of pace. Some people have it some doesn’t have. Some people score regardless, some people can’t. Cenk is a great finisher and he has shown it during his limited time so far and I have no doubt he’ll show more. Question is, will it be enough? That’s what we are going to see and discuss during the season. Give him and new transfers time to adapt and get used to their teammates, they’ll all show what they have. Without patience, in every transfer window you’ll be shouting for new transfers which will lead you to the doom. The money is not infinite, even in EPL.

 I am really pleased with the latest transfers. They arrived a little bit late and it will cause some problems in early season but it will be ok, hopefully.

I'm a Tosun fan its just it will be interesting to see if he puts Bernard on the left and Richarlison upfront for somegames. I agree  i'm super excited should finally get to watch some good football the number of times i flicked over to goal rush because it was making my eyes bleed last season was far too many.

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3 minutes ago, nogs said:

When do we know what the official 25 is? 

Ah, found it, 1st September according to The Mirror... So presumably we can play whoever we want up until then? 

And what's the rule on youngsters? 

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Bernard will play if he is match fit. I think Tosun might start on the bench. Richarlison will probably start in his place and Bernard will take the left wing.  Mina will be our main threat on set pieces.

I can't see how we can fit in Bernard, Richarlison, Gomes, Walcott and Siggy on the pitch if we don't drop Tosun. 

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I don’t think we’ll see any of the deadline day signings for at least 2-3 games. Bernard will need to get fit, the others will need time to bed in. I’m not moaning I’m honestly not but this is the problem with an influx of important players on deadline day- they need time to settle in.

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9 hours ago, brisbaneblue said:

Squad Depth

Happy to be corrected but based on pre-season and Silva's comments I'd say at this moment our squad depth looks something like this:

GK: Pickford, Stekelenburg, Virginia

RB: Coleman, Kenny, Holgate, Martina, Zouma?, Browning

CB: Mina, Zouma?, Holgate, Keane, Jagielka, Pennington, Browning, Galloway

LB: Digne, Baines, Galloway, Martina

DM/CM: Gueye, Gomes, Schneiderlin, Davies, Besic, McCarthy, Dowell, Baningime, J. Williams

RW: Walcott, Richarlison, Ramirez, Bernard, Bolasie, Calvert-Lewin, Vlasic

ACM: Sigurdsson, Bernard, Vlasic, Dowell, Lookman

LW: Richarlison, Lookman, Bernard, Bolasie, Sigurdsson, Vlasic

ST: Tosun, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Ramirez

 

Players to Leave:

The squad is still way too big so i'd say there is probably going to be at least 6 outs.

Probably Gone: Martina, Besic, Bolasie, Vlasic (Loan?), Galloway(Loan?), Pennington(Loan?), Browning(Loan?), J. Williams (Loan)

Possibly Gone: Ramirez, Baningime (Loan), Dowell (Loan)

We're going to need to keep one of Bolasie/Vlasic/Ramirez otherwise we will have no first team wingers outside of the matchday squad as you will see below. If Zouma's deal falls through I'd say we'd need to keep Pennington at the club as CB cover.

 

Starting XI

Silva has already said he'll play a 4-3-3 this season saying last month “Depending the profile of my No. 6, I can play one and two or I can play two and one behind the striker depending on the profile of our No. 6. If we play Schneiderlin, he is a player who likes to play more alone which gives more freedom to the other two midfielders and this is the system I use more”. I think Gomes will eventually be the No. 6 in this system, relegating Schneiderlin to the bench. With Gomes (or Schneiderlin) sitting behind Gylfi I think it's going to work more like a 4-2-3-1 in possession but then a 4-3-3 behind the ball and counter attacking. So I think our full strength starting XI will eventually look like this:

efc.png

 

Apart from the CB pairing, I think the rest of the starting XI picks itself. I'd be surprised if Mina is paired with Keane or Jagielka. Given his height, size and lack of pace I think Mina will need to be paired with a more mobile defender who can track back in counter attacks (in the same way that Mertesacker was always paired with Hummels or Friedrich for Germany or Koscielny for Arsenal) which will either be Zouma, the 9th fastest player in the premier league, or Holgate who also has an impressive recovery pace.

 

 

Thoughts blues?

I think the centre of midfield will be interesting. From the small amount of clips I have seen I dont see Gomes as the sole 6 and given our preseason with two sat alongside each other I still think we will see him alongside a holding midfielder and then a battle for the attacking midfield slots which is realistically between Siggy, Bernard, Walcott, Richarlison and Lookman with the likes of Dowell and Sandro looking for minutes if they stay at the club. Its not going to be straight forward for Silva.

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13 minutes ago, Bailey said:

I think the centre of midfield will be interesting. From the small amount of clips I have seen I dont see Gomes as the sole 6 and given our preseason with two sat alongside each other I still think we will see him alongside a holding midfielder and then a battle for the attacking midfield slots which is realistically between Siggy, Bernard, Walcott, Richarlison and Lookman with the likes of Dowell and Sandro looking for minutes if they stay at the club. Its not going to be straight forward for Silva.

Gomes is on loan. He is currently injured and is a young prospect. If he has a wonder season we will see him go straight back to Barca. I wouldn't put too much hope in him being a major player for us this term.

Hopefully he does really well and demands Barca allow the move to be permanent.

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18 hours ago, TallPaul1878 said:

Gomes is on loan. He is currently injured and is a young prospect. If he has a wonder season we will see him go straight back to Barca. I wouldn't put too much hope in him being a major player for us this term.

Hopefully he does really well and demands Barca allow the move to be permanent.

Thought there were a buy clause? So if he does really well we already have a set price

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                          Pickford

Coleman       Jags    Mina       Baines

                       Schneiderlin 

                   Gylfi            Bernard

Walcott                                   Richarlison

                          Tosun

 

lets not forget that the lads who have just come in will have to earn their places. The likes of Digne and Zouma will have to force their way into the team by out playing Jags and Baines, thats no easy thing to do. 

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On 11/08/2018 at 16:00, StevO said:

                          Pickford

Coleman       Jags    Mina       Baines

                       Schneiderlin 

                   Gylfi            Bernard

Walcott                                   Richarlison

                          Tosun

 

lets not forget that the lads who have just come in will have to earn their places. The likes of Digne and Zouma will have to force their way into the team by out playing Jags and Baines, thats no easy thing to do. 

Jagielka just ended his Everton career by getting sent off and a 3 match ban. If Mina or Zouma come in and impress then he won't get a sniff around the first team.

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On 11/08/2018 at 13:00, StevO said:

                          Pickford

Coleman       Jags    Mina       Baines

                       Schneiderlin 

                   Gylfi            Bernard

Walcott                                   Richarlison

                          Tosun

 

lets not forget that the lads who have just come in will have to earn their places. The likes of Digne and Zouma will have to force their way into the team by out playing Jags and Baines, thats no easy thing to do. 

It is when they're getting sent off! 🤣

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2 hours ago, Aidan said:

It is when they're getting sent off! 🤣

Haha can’t disagree with that. Expecting maybe Mina to get a chance on Saturday. 

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