Lössl a doubt for League Cup trip to Lincoln

Monday, 26 August, 2019 51comments  |  Jump to last

Everton are hopeful that Jonas Lössl will recover in time from a calf problem to be in contention for a starting role against Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.

The Dane, a summer acquisition after he was released by Huddersfield Town, had to pull out of last Friday's squad that faced Aston Villa when he picked up the problem in training.

Maarten Stekelenburg took his place on the bench at Villa Park while teenager Harry Tyrer was promoted to the first-team squad that travelled as cover but the Dutch veteran, Stekelenburg, emerged as a surprise target for Real Madrid over the weekend and could yet leave Everton before the European transfer window closes on 2nd September.

Marco Silva is expected to hand one of his back-up goalkeepers the opportunity to play at Sincil Bank in the League Cup second round tie and while the Liverpool Echo report that the club's medical staff don't expect Lössl to be sidelined for long, he is a doubt for Wednesday.


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Alan J Thompson
1 Posted 26/08/2019 at 06:10:56
A strange situation if true as the Manager has said that he likes to have three keepers and Mr Brands has said that he confers on all matters with the Manager. I don't know if Real Madrid have/will offer a transfer fee or if it is just seen as a way of reducing the wage bill but I would have had more faith if Virginia hadn't been loaned out but given that he's not had a good start at Reading is that seen as using the loan system successfully?
Phillip Warrington
2 Posted 26/08/2019 at 07:57:04
I hope this is not the same for the outfield players and we don't fall into past mistakes of fielding so-called fringe players to rest our so called better players. Teams in the lower leagues no longer fear Everton as a power-house Premier League team, but see us as a struggling Premier League team they can turn over.
Jim Bennings
3 Posted 26/08/2019 at 08:15:33
Why are we even talking about changing the goalkeeper for this match anyway?

It is a vital game and a tricky game at the same time.

Lose this, and make no mistake if we turn up half cocked, we will lose it, then already our season is hitting the doldrums before we even enter September.

Lincoln gave us a tough match in January at Goodison, they'll do the same again at Sincil Bank so we need to go there with our strongest team and get the job done ASAP.

Neil Lawson
4 Posted 26/08/2019 at 09:38:28
Jim. Exactly. We aren't going to win the league. We may well struggle to be in the top 7. We might, with a lot of luck, have a good FA Cup run, or not! So surely to goodness Silva must target this competition especially as others take it less seriously.

There is absolutely no reason nor justification to replace Pickford with a keeper of less ability. Nor should the changes in outfield players be anything other than to strengthen/improve after Friday's dismal display. We want to see our team win comfortably on Wed and, ideally, to hammer them. Why compromise?

Derek Knox
5 Posted 26/08/2019 at 09:46:12
Agree with the comments regarding taking this Cup seriously, and fielding a strong side.

Considering Silva is allegedly a Manager that pays attention to detail and believes in intensive training methods, how do we have so many injuries early on?

Many of those injuries are to players who have not even kicked a ball yet in the Premier League.

Jim Bennings
6 Posted 26/08/2019 at 11:27:50
Every time we tamper with the team in this Cup it's always brought the same disastrous results for us, I'd hope the manager will learn from past mistakes and take a look at our own woeful record in this competition.

This represents virtually our only chance of silverware now, the FA Cup is becoming a closed shop for the big six so I'm really hoping we go hell for leather in the League Cup this season.

Derek Knox
7 Posted 26/08/2019 at 12:01:58
Jim B, I hope you're right there mate, I mean about learning from mistakes, but he does display a certain arrogance in that respect, where in the past he has continued to make them.

Especially in the Cup Competitions, where it is a lot down to the luck of the draw, but with the right attitude and a matter of 7 or 8 games, it can be done.

Jim Bennings
8 Posted 26/08/2019 at 13:03:12

I agree with you.

When you are a club outside the top six the one thing you really do need to display on a Cup run is a bit of steel, some guts and some leadership, something we had in abundance in 1995.

I do worry that there are still far too many flakey characters in the Everton team.

Pat Kelly
9 Posted 26/08/2019 at 13:25:11
Silva doesn't give a toss about Cups. He knows he doesn't have a squad capable of winning either of the Cups, let alone anymore who can score. His focus, to the extent he can focus, is on what place Everton finish in the PL. Each place means more money and a reflection on his "success".

So don't expect the strongest side on Wednesday. Mind you, it's difficult to pick a strongest side these days.

Jim Bennings
10 Posted 26/08/2019 at 13:43:07

Might I suggest silva actually starts giving a damn about the Cups and tries to bring this club some kind of silverware.

We had a manager in Moyes for 11 years that was only interested in league placings on his CV but to be fair to Moyes, more often than not money was tighter than a ducks arse.

There's no longer any kind of excuses financially at Everton now as to why we can't compete on all fronts, this club has spent too lavishly in recent years to just be happy with 7th or 8th place finishes anymore.

Justin Doone
11 Posted 26/08/2019 at 13:46:26

Play strongest defence, they need time and practice together because I simply don't think they are good enough.

Gomes and Siggy rest to prevent needless injuries, tell Schnides and DCL its their final chance to impress, I personally hope it will be Schnides last ever game for us.

Play Baines or Davies for Gomes and Iwobi for Siggy swapping with Bernard to play left.

Hopefully win and plan for Sunday. Wolves will be a really tough test and we need to prove ourselves and hopefully the shooting practice will pay off.

Tony Abrahams
12 Posted 26/08/2019 at 13:47:51
Everton haven't won a cup for 25 years, and Silva's been here for1/25th of that time. If he succeeds I will be delighted, and if he fails he will be just another manager on an ever growing long list.

I hope Pat's wrong and Silva, is not another Moyes, because at the end of the day a serious manager should be more interested in winning a cup, than coming 6th, even in this present “all about the money climate”

But before a ball has been kicked, the I told you so's on different threads are already about to write off another season, which has already got me listening to Peter Gabriel, In the Humdrum, just hoping that Silva can get us cooking like an hard boiled egg.

John Raftery
13 Posted 26/08/2019 at 14:07:28
Telling DCL it is his last chance implies that he is not trying. I think that is far from the case. Indeed the opposite may be true. He may be trying too hard.
John G Davies
14 Posted 26/08/2019 at 14:33:23
Tony 12, take the title of another of Peter's great songs to some of the negativity amongst Blues mate.

Seriously, we need to target this Cup, go as far as we can. You are right, with the money awarded to clubs for each finishing position it is influencing team selections in the cups. Nonsense. We need a trophy. A day out at Wembley for the kids who loyally follow home and away.

On another note Tony, and from previous posts a kid who plays the position you played. If this McNeill kid at Burnley does not go all the way I will be very surprised. 19 years of age. One for the January window perhaps?

Jim Bennings
15 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:00:53
It's not about last chances for anyone, it's about trying to do something to better ourselves and improve each week.

DCL has worked hard for 2 years up front but he's limited in terms of what we desperately need and that's a forward that can instantly cause havoc and create fear and worry into defences, also someone who can score some goals.

Moise Kean came on and instantly started worrying Villa's defence and his good work put the ball on a plate to Walcott, who's finish was woeful.

As much as we may now loathe Romelu Lukaku, he was another one who when on his game could create major worry for opposing teams, we had a striker then who teams feared, he scored loads of goals, he scared teams with pace and power and probably for his last two seasons here was mainly unplayable, we were just let down back then by a shocking defence.

Anyway the point being is not about telling anyone it's their last chance, nobody is that harsh or ruthless, DCL as I say has worked hard but his numbers are atrocious let's not avoid that fact.

He's scored three goals since December last year and has not netted since the first week of March, no matter how hard you work, as number 9 that's a damning return of goals.

Moise Kean must start on Wednesday, so too Iwobi, these two players almost rescued a joke performance on Friday night.

Michael Lynch
16 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:08:15
As others have said, we should play a full strength team from the start at Lincoln. I've seen enough in the first three games to know we ain't going to do a Leicester this season, so let's not worry too much about keeping players fresh for the weekends, let's worry about how we get to Wembley.
Pat Kelly
17 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:09:26
Jim, I don't think we have enough decent players to seriously compete on all fronts. Yes, Silva can field a team in all competitions but it won't be the strongest available. Some will be rested for the main event which is the PL. And the replacements are not great.

Delph, if he plays, won't be match fit, nor Davies. Richie looks like he needs a rest and DCL is getting nowhere, so we may see Walcott and Tosun. Coleman and Digne may also be rested in favour of Baines and Sid, assuming they're 'ready'. You can see Silva's dilemma. He can't afford to be too bothered about the Cup, as we've already seen.

John Pierce
18 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:24:21
Lose this, and that heavy nagging doubt I had about Silva's appointment will loom back into my thoughts, feels like it already has.

This is Col Lössl.

Jamie Crowley
19 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:27:20
The one thing I can't forgive Silva for, is the Southampton exit last season.

If Silva plays Lössl or Stekelenburg, and they let a soft one in and we are KO'd by Lincoln City?

Don't want to even think about it.

Joe McMahon
20 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:28:30
Michael @16, sadly I can't see us "doing a Leicester" anytime - full stop.
Jim Bennings
21 Posted 26/08/2019 at 15:42:42
The stat that we haven't won a game of football when conceding first for 39 matches is just disgraceful.

I can imagine if Lincoln score first then we'll all be dreading it going to a penalty shootout at best, and that's a pure lottery.

Jack Convery
22 Posted 26/08/2019 at 16:25:45
Put out our best team and if we lose then we know all is not well and it's gonna be a long long season yet again.
Sam Hoare
23 Posted 26/08/2019 at 16:26:32
Everyone tells us that Calvert-Lewin is a League One forward so surely this the match to play him in!

In all seriousness we do not look fit enough to give the same XI two matches in the same week. Some of them barely look fit enough to finish one!

Do we prioritise Lincoln or Wolves?

I'd be interested to try this team vs Lincoln

Sidibe Keane Mina Digne
Iwobi Schneiderlin Gomes
Richarlison Calvert-Lewin Kean

Partly that's one of our tallest and fastest teams but also that should give us goals. I expect Kean to play CF mainly for us but putting him on the LW should give a chance to get on the ball more and run at the defence. Plus him and Richarlison can run past DCL and hopefully get onto any flick-ons.

Iwobi in the middle gives us someone who can effectively carry the ball forward and help us progress up the pitch. He's a creator more than a scorer and should be able to link well with forwards.

John Cartwright
24 Posted 26/08/2019 at 17:37:44
Sam, perhaps the best way to get them fit is to play matches. I can't go along with your selection of Schniederlin. If fit, I'd like Delph to play, with Davies and a hopefully improved Gomes in midfield. I like the idea of giving 4-3-3 a try though.
Derek Knox
25 Posted 26/08/2019 at 20:19:33
Apart from the money for placement in the eventual standings which we are striving for, (allegedly) what to qualify for the Champions League? (dream on) This is a sure fire way to get into the Europa, not ideal, but a piece of Silvaware, nevertheless! (been kind to him there)

I sincerely hope that this year could be our year, and this is the Competition we have the most chance in, anyway none of us are the Manager, but collectively I think we could strategize better, prove me (us) wrong Marco!

Sam Hoare
26 Posted 26/08/2019 at 20:20:17
John, maybe, but maybe you risk a Gbamin type situation.

Yes, I'm not sure if Delph is fit yet. If he is then I'd probably play him instead of Gomes who seems to me like he's still a bit injured and was far worse than Schneiderlin in the Villa match.

David Pearl
27 Posted 26/08/2019 at 20:57:06
It continues to amake me how everyone on one hand says that was Gomes worst game... then goes on to say it was all Schneiderlin's fault. He plays short simple passes but if he has runners ahead of him will make those passes. Unless you blinked and missed those times of course. Gomes ran out of ideas Friday and kept passing the buck.

Regarding Wednesday, l wouldn't be surprised to see the front 4 that ended the game on Friday start it. Plus of course possible starts for Sidibe, Baines and Davies. I wouldn't mind a change of formation... but won't hold my breath.

David Pearl
28 Posted 26/08/2019 at 20:58:02
Andy Crooks
29 Posted 26/08/2019 at 21:00:24
I think that Silva should pick the same side he would pick if we needed three points to avoid relegation. Our strongest team. This is an important game. Defeat is unthinkable and probably, for Silva, the begining of the end. We will win, though.
Andy Crooks
30 Posted 26/08/2019 at 21:07:35
Sam, you raise some issues about fitness. If these lads are not fit after three games it is time for the staff at Finch Farm, who I guess get a good living from he club, to be held to account. There is a common denominator there.
Tony Abrahams
31 Posted 26/08/2019 at 22:13:53
I haven't seen this young kid at Burnley yet John G, but if he's good enough he will do well to stay with Dyche.

I expect Burnley to have a good season by there standards, because they have a sensible manager who plays with-in their means, and they also have a lot of stability in their club because of this.

Mad what people see when watching football, because I don't feel like I'm blinkered, but maybe I am blinkered in my sheer contempt for Sniderlin, because if I ever played with a footballer like him in midfield, the first thing I would tell him is to stop passing the fucking buck.

Andy Crooks
32 Posted 26/08/2019 at 22:24:50
Tony, are you home yet? Hope you had a wonderful time. Thanks to you, Dave and your family I had a weekend I will never forget. Thank you, Tony. The invitation to Belfast will always stand but I totally get your disdain for the whole Brexit shite. By the way, Cameron was a star.
Tony Abrahams
33 Posted 26/08/2019 at 22:51:04
I'm still here Andy, it's been the longest 12 days in my life, and I don't get home till Friday morning mate. I'd hate to go to jail in Mexico, because the clock ticks so slowly in the beautiful sunshine, but it's been nothing short of paradise, and I'm feeling very blessed right now.

I'm glad you enjoyed Cameron, Andy, but I bet you enjoyed June's breakfast more, but maybe if we leave without a deal, mate, Liverpool might just find it's on the right side of the country (I fuckin despise Boris Johnson) and a trade deal with the equally horrible idiotic Trump, might just help Our city really prosper again?

Andy I would love to return to Belfast mate, because although I've done quite a lot of travelling, I've never been to many places where you can instantly feel a soul, and this is how I remember Belfast, from my early teenage years, so of course I'd love to go again and see if it's still the same, now that time has really moved on.

Si Smith
34 Posted 27/08/2019 at 02:33:20
We have no Europe, therefore our target should be the game infront of you.

Pickford is our best keeper, so pick him.

I will never understand the reasoning behind playing your weaker keeper for the cups, especially when managing a club like Everton who quite simply have no chance of winning the league. What I mean is why would any keeper want to be treated for one of only 2 competitions we can actually win.

If you play your 2nd keeper and get all the way do you stick with him ?

If so wouldn't Jordan feel as though he will literally never win a trophy with the blues ?

For me now I'd go with 90% of my preferred players, with 2 or 3 positions freshened up to give lads a route to the first team.

Davies should be in now due to poor form and injury throughout the midfield.

Baines is still quality and will easily have enough to rest Digne.

Holgate could easily fill in to save Colemans legs for a game, and Iwobi could be used to free up Sigurdsson as he is a big player for us despite his poor start to the season.

My team;

Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Mina, Baines.
Schneiderlin, Davies, Bernard
Richalison, DCL /Kean, Iwobi

DCL needs a goal and he done well against Lincon last season, same could be said for Kean and Richalison in terms of needing a goal also.

This should be plenty good enough to put on a show and maybe build up confidence.

Jay Harris
35 Posted 27/08/2019 at 04:16:04
Midfield is our soft spot which to be fair Silva has tried to address by getting Delph, Gbarmin and trying to get Doucoure in.

Gomes since his initial purple patch has been gash imo. He gets caught on the ball far too often and gives free-kicks away in dangerous positions.

Jay Harris
36 Posted 27/08/2019 at 04:19:04
Si cant argue with that team selection.

I would advocate really going at them getting 2 or three up (hopefully) and then giving some players a rest second half.

Ajay Gopal
37 Posted 27/08/2019 at 04:54:23
If we are quaking in our collective boots about facing Lincoln, then that is a sad indictment of our club. Surely we must have more confidence to play our second string and give a runout to the ones on the fringe – you don't want them to be suddenly thrown into the bear pit of the Premier League with no/little game time.

Lössl or Stekelenburg
Sidibe Keane Holgate Baines
Davies Delph Gomes
Kean Calvert-Lewin Iwobi

Subs: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Tosun, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin

Mike Gaynes
38 Posted 27/08/2019 at 06:18:03
Ajay, if we're "quaking", it's an indictment of us, not the club.

I strongly doubt they're as frightened of this game as we are.

Alan J Thompson
39 Posted 27/08/2019 at 06:49:09
I don't think too many of you have read what this is supposed to be about. It's not if the second choice keeper will play on Wednesday as it clearly says he probably won't and that Real Madrid may be showing interest in taking our third choice keeper and the fourth choice is out on loan. I suppose Real might loan Stek to us for a game probably on the basis that he gives training a miss.

As for should we field our strongest side? If we can't tweak the team to either try something different or give some of our EPL squad a run out against lower league opposition then we really are in for, at least, a disappointing season.

Tim Constable
40 Posted 27/08/2019 at 11:07:08
Part of me thinks the same 11 that lost to Villa should start this game and be told to go out and make up for the performance and result against vs Villa. Then again I don't know that I trust those 11 players to actually go out and get the job done tomorrow night.

Strongest 11 should play in my opinion, it's ridiculous that a club the size of Everton have never won this trophy even if it has been seen as inferior over the years.

Tom Bowers
41 Posted 27/08/2019 at 12:01:57
The Mickey Mouse cup as it will always be as long as the top clubs keep playing ''reserves'' is a just a money spinner for needy clubs.

Yes, it's nice to win all games and yes, Everton have never won it but they have been basically a non-entity over the years.

There will be changes for the Lincoln game and no doubt it will be another ''tough'' game for whatever eleven Silva starts with.

I don't think it matters who starts in goal.

John Audsley
43 Posted 27/08/2019 at 18:50:49
Play an attacking team and win the fucking match.

We are far better than them and need to show up for once

The FA Cup game at Millwall was disgraceful and we don't need that bollocks again.

DCL would make a really good midfield player, he could learn a new role and graft his arse off because it's fair to say he is struggling up front. I want him to succeed but it wont be as a striker. In front of the back four with his height and work rate is a place that he could make his own

Just an idea

Derek Knox
44 Posted 27/08/2019 at 19:02:50
John @ 23, not a bad idea at that, besides he is a converted midfield player to start with, I think he has had enough chances to prove that he ISN'T a striker.

That though worryingly leaves us pretty short for options up front, especially if Tosun and Niasse leave before the Euro Window closure.

Richarlison can obviously fill that role as too could Iwobi, so as to alleviate any undue pressure and expectation on Moise Kean, however I always felt that Richie was more effective on the right. (but not recently)

For fear of beating an old drum again ideally we should be getting goals from all departments and not, as we have done of late been relying on an out of position non-striker.

Derek Knox
45 Posted 27/08/2019 at 19:08:05
* @43 not @23!
Mick Conalty
46 Posted 27/08/2019 at 19:53:32
John #43 I wish Marco Silva had just an idea.
Mike Gaynes
47 Posted 27/08/2019 at 19:55:26
Cup tie nightmare: Antonio just blew out a hammy for Hammers at Newport.

Derek Knox
48 Posted 27/08/2019 at 20:16:29
Mike G, let's hope we don't have any tomorrow night, starting with the team selection!
Joe McMahon
49 Posted 27/08/2019 at 21:44:33
Certainly can't see us doing what Villa have done to Crewe tonight, we never do.

If I remember correctly even a Moyes Everton lost to Shrewsbury the year they got relegated to the conference.

Dick Fearon
50 Posted 27/08/2019 at 22:55:33
John @43, trying to pinch my thunder eh'.
A few weeks ago I suggested that as a last resort and to save the lads Everton career DCL could be tried in the midfield.
Brian Wilkinson
51 Posted 28/08/2019 at 00:48:48
Dick @50, Calvert-Lewin was a midfielder, it was Sheff Utd who decided to try him out as a striker, but Calvert-Lewin is a midfielder, but now being tried as a striker.
Alan J Thompson
52 Posted 28/08/2019 at 06:06:43
I see Jose Baxter played for Plymouth in their loss last night to Reading for whom Virginia was on the bench.

Apparently Tosun has turned down a loan to a German club as he prefers to stay at Goodison.

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