I offer this as a brief respite from the understandable but repetitive gloom and doom and depression of these dark days. The talk about the return of McFadden, which I find worse than some of the crazy PFA Pension Plan signings by Walter Smith, like Ginola and Gazza, got me wondering: what is the best possible starting XI composed of former Everton players currently playing elsewhere?
The rules are that the players have to have current professional registrations as players anywhere in the world, even if they aren?t actually playing regularly for a club. So Francis Jeffers, for example, would be available even though he didn?t have a club last time I looked.
The other is that you are entitled to nominate a player based on the best seasons of his career, not on his current form, or even on his Everton form. So to use Danny Cadamarteri just as an example, you could nominate him based on his peak form, not on his 'down and out in Huddersfield' form.
On the other hand, they have to have played for the Everton 1st team; you can?t choose academy players who went elsewhere like Joey Barton. And no subs. That?s a cop-out. On that basis, here is my starting XI of former Everton players still playing:
I reckon they would beat the current line-up 3-0.
Peter Fearon, Posted 16/10/2011 at 19:02:56
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3 Posted 16/10/2011 at 22:11:02
4 Posted 16/10/2011 at 22:52:51
5 Posted 16/10/2011 at 23:00:56
Dunne Yobo Neill
Donavon Arteta Fernandes Pienaar
Rooney Yakubu AJ
Tougher than i thought to name a semi decent team
6 Posted 16/10/2011 at 22:56:47
Manager: Duncan Ferguson
7 Posted 16/10/2011 at 23:16:29
8 Posted 17/10/2011 at 11:34:42
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10 Posted 17/10/2011 at 21:09:59
11 Posted 18/10/2011 at 12:30:02
RB: Lucas Neill
LB: Joleon Lescott
CB: Joseph Yobo
CB: Marco Materazzi
RM: Landon Donovan
LM: Steven Pienaar
CM: Mikel Arteta
CM: Manuel Fernandes
CF: Wayne Rooney
CF: Andy Johnson
Kinda picks itself. Defensively weak and aging, but strong midfield and potent front pairing.
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