Rodriguez could get Reading chance

by | 21/09/2015  59 Comments  [Jump to last]
Leandro Rodriguez is in the line to make his debut in the Capital One Cup at Reading tomorrow after Roberto Martinez confirmed that he will be in the squad for the third round tie.

The Uruguayan arrived from River Plate Montevideo last last month in a 500,000 deal and has already made two scoring starts for Everton's Under-21s side.

Those performances, combined with his work in training has convinced the manager that he could be ready to step up to the senior side starting tomorrow at the Madjeski Stadium if conditions are right in the game.

I have been very impressed, not just in training but with the Under-21s as well," Martinez told the media in his press conference. "He has scored in both games and showed an incredible street footballers way of playing the game, which has helped him.

He is ahead of his development. I expected Leandro to take five to six months to be ready for the British game.

He will be involved in the squad. Then it will just be down to the needs of the game and how everything goes if we see Leandro or not."

The 22-year-old will be joined by Leon Osman and Darron Gibson, both of whom are back to full fitness having not played any part in the season so far due to injury.

Bryan Oviedo, however, will likely not make the tie after all. Martinez said last Thursday that he expected the Costa Rican to be fit to face Reading but he is now doubtful with a continuing knee problem.

Seamus Coleman and Muhamed Besic, who were injured in the win over Chelsea the Saturday before last, will also be given late fitness tests but could also miss out.  

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Chris Wilson
1 Posted 21/09/2015 at 17:02:12
I was thinking about the lineup for this match after the Swansea game. I thought he might bring Gibson and Ossie back, which isn't bad because we could use the midfield depth. Gibson is going to get some stick from the fans though. It would be a good match for Lennon and Gerri to start too. Play Lukaku to hopefully get his goals rolling again, and look for the chance to bring Leandro on if possible.

But my "brilliant" idea (sarcasm) was to rest Jags, put in Funes Mori at LCB paired with John Stones as captain. After saying that, I think we're undefeated or something when Ossie wears the captain's armband, and I would really like to win this game tomorrow. But how cool would it be to have Stones leading the team out? Well, I'd like it anyway.

James Stewart
2 Posted 21/09/2015 at 17:08:30
We should be taking this seriously and stick with the spine of the team. That mean no Robles or anything stupid like that! This is a competition we could win and we should treat it as such.
David Connor
3 Posted 21/09/2015 at 17:10:01
People wont be expecting much from a player costing just £500k. The way the front men are playing at the moment gives him a realistic chance of staking a claim for a first team spot.

Lukaku and Kone could do with a kick up the backside at the moment. Let's hope this lad gives it them. Good luck Leandro. Take your chance; I suspect you won't get many...

Tony J Williams
4 Posted 21/09/2015 at 17:17:21
Give Seamus a pass for this one and let Gibson start with his community hours, actually playing football.
Declan Brown
5 Posted 21/09/2015 at 17:17:40
I'm all for giving the youngsters or new signings a chance but this is a double-edged sword for Roberto.

I would personally like us to put out as near as a full team as we can; make a couple of changes, but have a good go at winning this (and do the same with the FA Cup).

We've treated the domestic cups with too little respect in the recent past. It's a trophy, we won't win the league, we are not in Europe, this is a good chance to get some silverware, half-a-dozen games and you're at Wembley.

Go with your strongest Roberto, go full pelt for an hour, then start to take star players off, rather than the other way around.

Brent Stephens
6 Posted 21/09/2015 at 17:20:41
Chris (#1): "I think we're undefeated or something when Ossie wears the captain's armband".

Maybe we could put the armband on Ossie but leave him on the bench wearing it?

Dave Pritchard
7 Posted 21/09/2015 at 17:23:10
Agree with Tony that Seamus should be left out of this one. We need him for the league games coming up.

We still should put out a strong team though, this will be tougher than Barnsley and we hardly cruised through that one.

Sam Hoare
8 Posted 21/09/2015 at 17:56:44
How bout:

Browning Jagielka Funes Mori Galloway
Gibson McCarthy
Lennon Deulofeu Osman

With Barkley, Lukaku, Stones etc on the bench.

That seems like a strong first team whilst giving out a few rests...

Bill Griffiths
9 Posted 21/09/2015 at 18:02:28
I wouldn't complain about that line-up, Sam.
Eddie Dunn
10 Posted 21/09/2015 at 18:16:39
This is a cup we can win, so we have got to put out a strong team and but I can't see Martinez risking Coleman or Besic.

I would think he will put Rom on the bench just in case we go behind, but I think Nais will start and Mirallas will surely get a run-out.

This will be a difficult game but surely Barry should have a rest, so perhaps Ossie and Gibson will come in for Barry and Barkley, and Mirallas in for Kone.

I hope we have learn't to take these games seriously, after the scare at Barnsley. Reading have started the season strongly and we will have a stern test at the Madejski, but we need to keep our momentum going, and we need to stay in this competition.

Jon Cox
11 Posted 21/09/2015 at 18:22:45
Drop Lukaku.

For this game and the next. Let him think he's dropped for the RS game then bring him on half way through the first half. The next two games we should be able to win without him.

In short, he needs a rocket up his arse. He's here to score goals. If he doesn't do and he won't work for the good of the team, then bench him. Let some-one else have a go but just let him know, either pull your socks up physically and mentally, or he can go join a Champions League team because, at the moment, he's no use to us.

Christopher Timmins
12 Posted 21/09/2015 at 18:24:05
Sam, there is a lot of merit in your selection and it should be good enough to get the job done.
Ray Roche
13 Posted 21/09/2015 at 18:27:06
Decent line up, Sam, but I'd have Barkley in for one of Lennon or Deulofeu.

Lukaku should be fired up for the WBA game anyway so play him in that game.

Jon Cox
14 Posted 21/09/2015 at 18:44:05
Sam, like your team but what's the thinking behind Deulofeu in the middle and Osman wide?

Square pegs, round holes mate. Get Oz in the middle orchestrating the flanks and the central attack.

David Hallwood
15 Posted 21/09/2015 at 18:57:20
Not a bad line up Sam(#7) and it shows the development of the squad from not too many seasons ago when we were down to bare bones and Gueye was our secret weapon.

That line-up should be more than enough for Reading.

Jim Bennings
16 Posted 21/09/2015 at 19:15:21
Put Charlie Austin up front with Yarmolenko behind him!! Haha...

Back to reality, I agree, I'd bench Lukaku in this one but I'd go with an otherwise strong team as this is a massive chance for silverware.

Reading won't be a pushover and will be a step up from Barnsley so it's a game we can't be making any mistakes in, like in the first half at Oakwell.

Just make sure you do things efficiently, Blues, and give them nothing.

Onwards and upwards to a long overdue 4th round appearance and then hopefully even better Quarter Final.

Jamie Crowley
17 Posted 21/09/2015 at 19:19:02
This competition just pisses me off every single year.

Every year Everton march out a line-up that isn't our best, or damn, damn near to it.

Every year we get knocked out early.

It's Everton acting too big for it's britches - like we've actually fucking won something - anything - recently!

Who the fuck do we think we are? Win something, THEN play the kids.

This competition is a real chance for our Club to actually win silverware, and we treat it like our shit doesn't stink and we're too good for it... and again, we've won the sum of fuck-all in the last how many years??

Rant over, but fucking hell, go win the damn thing already and stop acting like it's beneath you. The fans deserve it minimally.

Jim Bennings
18 Posted 21/09/2015 at 19:23:52
I agree, Jamie.

When we have won a few Cups, a league or are at the very least a regular in the Champions League, then maybe we can choose to be picky but for 20 years we've won totally fuck all and our Cup record since 1995 has been shite, total shite, with just a measly one Final appearance.

Let's win some silverware for a generation of fans that has grown up without ever seeing a captain in a Everton shirt lift a trophy.

Jamie Barlow
19 Posted 21/09/2015 at 19:43:26
Rodriguez plays street football? What does that mean?
Graham Mockford
20 Posted 21/09/2015 at 19:49:15

Well, in my day, a top quality street footballer could:

Play a one-two with just the kerb

Was particularly adept at headers and volleys

Could retrieve a ball from under a parked car with little fuss

And could strike a flyaway footie with deadly accuracy allowing it to swerve not once but in two directions bamboozling the keeper.

Hope this helps

Jamie Crowley
21 Posted 21/09/2015 at 20:01:02
Jim - we agree on something! Holy shit!

;0) Cheers.

Sam Hoare
22 Posted 21/09/2015 at 20:14:04
Jon Cox (#13). Fair comment. The thinking is that I'd love to see what Deulofeu could do in a central role when he can go either way and thought this could be a good match to try it.

Plus Ossie will be a bit more disciplined in helping out Galloway and RM always likes one winger who drifts inside....

Jon Cox
23 Posted 21/09/2015 at 20:14:21
Jim (17)

Totaly agree mate but Ozzy out wide? Utter crap.

How many times was Moyesy slagged off by people on here (me included) for playing players in (their) wrong position.

I don't care if it's Reading or Barca, you just don't play players in wrong positions.

And Sam I really wanna here your argument for playing Ozzy out wide instead of Del boy?

Is it a pace thing?

Jon Cox
24 Posted 21/09/2015 at 20:25:52
Sam, I understand what you're saying. Problem is Ozzy just hasn't got the legs any more to do what you're proposing. He'd be knackered after half an our tracking back and forth. Put someone on who would track back and help Galloway.

You're right in what you say about this fact, ie, see if Deulofeu could be our new No 10. My reasoning is just that Ozzy would need the "water carriers" to get the most out of himself.

Other than that I still stand fast with regards to the out-of-form (I'm being generous) Lukaku.

Ian Bennett
25 Posted 21/09/2015 at 20:25:59
Given our next match is Monday, I'd go fairly strong.






Funes Mori

Minik Hansen
26 Posted 21/09/2015 at 20:29:06
Jon, I remember Moyes's last few seasons like that also, including when he replaced attackers with defensive players and conceded a goal at the end...

Thank God for new days like these.

Jon Cox
27 Posted 21/09/2015 at 20:32:19
Ian (24)

Although, Sam did give a decent set up, I'd go with that. Has a much more vibrant and fluid feel to it.

Brent Stephens
28 Posted 21/09/2015 at 22:10:48
Jon (#23): "He'd be knackered after half-an-hour tracking back and forth."

Osman actually played the full 90 minutes against Villarreal pre-season.

James Stewart
29 Posted 21/09/2015 at 22:14:06





Bench for Lukaku, Naismith, Funes Mori, Osman, Barry, Rodriguez, Robles. Plenty of experience there if it goes tits up.

Jay Harris
30 Posted 21/09/2015 at 22:19:31
Given that Stones took a knock on the knee, Lukaku is struggling, Naismith wants more games, Ossie and Gibbo are being lined up, Oviedo is apparently fit again, and Browning didn't disgrace himself on Saturday, I would go with the following line-up:

Howard (Robles is too erratic in one-off games)
Browning Jagielka Funes Mori Oviedo
McCarthy Gibson
Lennon Osman Delofeu

Ben Jones
32 Posted 21/09/2015 at 22:41:01
Funes Mori, Osman, Lennon and Deulofeu must play.

Play our strongest team with them 4 and I'll be happy.

Jon Cox
33 Posted 21/09/2015 at 23:04:55

It was a friendly against Villarreal. How does that equate with the rigours of an English League Cup game were the opposition will be after our scalps in a big way?

I see what you're saying but I still need to explained to why Ozzy makes a better winger than being the man in the centre who,with Ozzies great skill and guile, would dictate the game completely.

Have you also thought of this? Don't you think it's about time RM bit the bullet and tried our attack with two Leopards on each wing?

At least he'd have an insight prior to the game coming to a Goodison Park near you, with regards to that RedShite across the park.

We need to know how this particular configuration concerning our wide men would work. For the derby, I think it has to be tried before and not tinkered about with, during.

Jon Cox
34 Posted 21/09/2015 at 23:06:29
Jay, agreed, good line up.
Dave Abrahams
35 Posted 21/09/2015 at 23:44:38
Graham (19) a lot of younger fans will not know what you are talking about, but I understand every single thing you are on about. That's where we all learned to play football, in the streets from morning till night. And eight out of ten kids had better ball control than Lukaku from playing this way.

Like Graham says, playing off the kerb, or if you were on your own, just a ball and a wall, you learned control.

I think that's the most sensible letter you've ever posted on here, Graham.

Phil Bellis
36 Posted 21/09/2015 at 23:54:34
Street footie; training was hitting a tennis ball into the area between the bay windows of terraced houses (preferably one with a drainpipe) and dealing with the rebounds.

Peter Gorman
37 Posted 22/09/2015 at 00:30:02
Christ Phil, further to Graham's post, that bit about tennis balls is making me very nostalgic.

Whenever my mother went out to pick my father up from the station, my brother and I would run outside and play 20 minutes of headers and volleys, sometimes with the tennis ball, before running back in and pretending we'd been doing our homework the whole time.

Eddie Dunn
38 Posted 22/09/2015 at 00:36:56
Street football may still exist in Uruguay, but is gone here, due to car ownership and young people living with their parents till they are 50, and so each house has 5 cars....
Brian Wilkinson
39 Posted 22/09/2015 at 00:49:28
I would stick with Howard in goal, one hes a better keeper, I had kittens watching Robles in the previous tie v Barnsley.

Howard is a better penalty stopper as well should it go the distance, again Robles running off his line in the West Ham shoot out, and getting nowhere near any of them does not fill me with confidence.

I would go for a strong starting 11 rather than a strong bench, most lineups other have said look the right choices.

This is a chance of silverware, let's hope we do not make wholesale changes.

Anthony Dwyer
40 Posted 22/09/2015 at 01:36:02
Seems everyone else has posted their preferred team so I thought I'd do the same.

Howard (whilst in good form)

Browning (reward for last game)
Funes Mori
Jagielka /Stones (maybe 45' each)
Galloway (keep him ticking over)

McCarthy (Barry is in form but can be rested)

Deulofeu (a must)
Naismith (on merit)

Lukaku (win the game first and foremost)

Oviedo and Rodriguez, if the game is going according to plan, on as subs along with a centre-back (as above)

I think this side is solid whilst giving a few key individuals a go plus others a rest.

Eugene Ruane
42 Posted 22/09/2015 at 03:00:22
Brian (38) - I agree re Howard. Whatever you/me/we all think of Howard, he is our number one keeper and so to not play him (and to instead choose your second best keeper) would (imo) be saying 'despite all the talk about us taking this competition dead seriously, we're not taking it as seriously as the supporters, as our priority is giving our reserve keeper a few games and keeping him happy.'

Also agree on a strong (our strongest) line-up. We should be doing everything we can to win the silverware we can realistically compete for.

Julian Wait
43 Posted 22/09/2015 at 03:36:23
Jay's line-up with Leandro to come on second half (before 75 mins please). Who he comes on for will depend, there's plenty of options.
Adam Fenlon
44 Posted 22/09/2015 at 03:38:53
We've got to give Robles a game now and then. If not here, then when? He'll play.
Steve Jenkins
45 Posted 22/09/2015 at 05:37:54
Agreed, we haven't won a cup in 20 years, let's go with a strong side tonight.
Jon Cox
46 Posted 22/09/2015 at 06:54:46
Graham, and in the winter didn't we gave great floodlights...
Tony Draper
47 Posted 22/09/2015 at 08:18:55
The team selection is a "Fucked if he does and fucked if he doesn't" conundrum for Roberto.

On the one hand, these games do allow opportunities to reward & offer experience to up-and-coming players; players who are dead keen to play but are tolerating cameo roles from the bench; players returning from injury.

On the other hand, disrupting the first team can leave us vulnerable to being knocked out early on (thus depriving us of another opportunity to answer the needs in "hand one").

Personally, I'd keep Howard and the back four for sheer solidity, and give Funes Mori half an hour if things are going well.

Midfield wise, probably rest Barry and replace with Gibson providing he's fit and not already arranged to go out on the lash and watch the game in the pub.

Then it gets more difficult and frankly I don't have the answers.

Geri needs to feel important and could offer a threat, likewise Lennon and Mirallas (probably avoid "Super Kev" as a late, late sub, not ideal).

Leandro will probably get a run on by means of reward/encouragement.

I just know that a nice solid 2-0 away win where we control the ball completely for the last half hour and bring on subs for a run-out would suit me very well indeed.

Brent Stephens
48 Posted 22/09/2015 at 09:15:22
Jon#32 "It was a friendly against Villarreal. How does that equate with the rigours of an English League Cup game were the opposition will be after our scalps in a big way?"

Jon, I went to the game and pre-season it might have been, but they were a very keen and fast Villarreal side. And while it might have been pre-season, players were not match fit, so a further test.

Laurie Hartley
49 Posted 22/09/2015 at 09:53:21
I would go very solid at the back and in midfield, and go for a surprise package up front.

I have very good feeling about our street footballer Rodriguez. From what I have seen of him on YouTube he strikes me as being a very courageous lad and would back him to get on the end of any of those balls Deulofeu whizzes across the box. A very potent combination I suspect.

As we have a 5-day recovery period before our game against West Brom, I would start with this team:

Browning, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway
Deulofeu, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley,
Rodriguez, Kone.

Bring Lennon, Naismith, and Lukaku on when we are 3-0 up after 60 minutes.

Phil Sammon
50 Posted 22/09/2015 at 10:23:18
It's got to be Deulofeu on the wing. I'd get him on the right and Rodriguez up front. We need someone who will anticipate and bust a gut to get on the end of the Spaniard's crosses... and that doesn't seem to be Lukaku. I sincerely hope he bags a couple too, just to give Rom a rocket up his backside.

As for the rest of the team, as strong as possible please. I'd like to see Lennon too... but fear he may be ineffective on the left.

Forget Osman. I've always liked him but this is about progressing in the competition and looking to the future.

Paul Thompson
51 Posted 22/09/2015 at 10:25:19
Some pf the comments on here - 'when we are 3-0 up' - reveal that kind of complacency that sees us getting knocked out by 'lesser' teams every year. Reading are a good side doing well in the Championship. We need to put out a strong side. Rodriguez will start on the bench, I'm sure.
Oliver Molloy
52 Posted 22/09/2015 at 10:38:45
Paul @ 49,
I agree, Reading will be not be easy at their place.
Laurie Hartley
53 Posted 22/09/2015 at 11:12:04
Paul at 49,

Have another read of my post. I have gone with what I think is our currently available best back four and midfield. Surely that is showing Reading respect and certainly not taking anything for granted.

Having said that I think Deulofeu, Rodriguez, and Kone with that back four and midfield behind them, have the potential to put 3 past Reading without reply.

Can I ask you: Do you think my starting 11 is not a strong side?

What would your side be?

Paul Cherrington
54 Posted 22/09/2015 at 11:24:55
I would agree with dropping Rom too. At the end of the day, he missed a few golden chances on Saturday to win us the game and so should feel the consequence of that. Otherwise, we're rewarding failure in my opinion.
Paul Thompson
55 Posted 22/09/2015 at 12:11:42
Laurie@51. I wasn't criticising your proposed side, but the idea that any side are likely to be 3-0 up after 60 minutes. I could be wrong of course and that would be great.
Tom Bowers
56 Posted 22/09/2015 at 12:22:06
These games, much like the early rounds of the Europa League, see top clubs fielding much weaker teams and generally you will see weird results especially against lower league teams.

If Premier League clubs were really serious, they would be fielding the strongest eleven so nothing happening tonight or tomorrow will surprise me in the least.

It will however give opportunities for those who haven't started so far to stake a claim.

David Pearl
57 Posted 22/09/2015 at 14:05:45
Browning Jagielka Funes Mori Galloway
McCarthy Gibson
Deulofeu Naismith Osman
Mark Smith
58 Posted 22/09/2015 at 14:31:23
Wonder if "street footballer" Rodriguez has ever had the pleasure of being smacked in the face by a waterlogged casey or had to retrieve a ball from the mad cat woman's back garden...

Aaah, jumpers for goalposts, etc etc.

Brian Wilkinson
60 Posted 22/09/2015 at 15:15:48
Why not send our Robles out on loan with a call back clause at any time If Howard gets injured or sent off? This will give Robles more game time and more prepared, should he be called upon.

If we are to win one of the cups, we have to play our best goalkeeper; other positions can be experimented with similar players slotting in, but Howard is in fine form and needs to start tonight.

If Howard starts, we have a chance of picking silverware up; bringing in a new goalie for a one-off game is dangerous.

Jon Cox
61 Posted 22/09/2015 at 18:08:40
Paul (52) totally agree. Don't get me wrong, I like Rom but at the moment it seems like he feels that there's nothing for him to prove.

On the other hand, the new lad has everything to prove and will put himself about. This is the ideal time to try Rodriguez. Not for 10 mins at the end of a PL game. What use is that to anyone.

Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind. I just think in the long run we would see our Rom back to his bold, brilliant best.

Laurie Hartley
62 Posted 22/09/2015 at 23:48:35
Paul # 53 - that was a fair enough response. As it turns out I was 4 goals adrift with my 60 minute mark! But a win is a win and we are through.

I am disappointed Rodriguez didn't get a start and am looking forward to seeing if my optimism about him is well founded or a pipe dream.

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