Thigh injury could means he'll miss September
The 24-year-old was withdrawn just 20 minutes into the defeat at the Hawthorns a fortnight ago and will miss the rest of the month's matches.
The timing of Gibson's injury seemed to be serendipitous at the time given the apparent acquisition of Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe at the last minute on transfer deadline day.
FIFA's subsequent refusal to ratify to the loan deal, however, means that Moyes faces a selection headache in central midfield for the next few games.
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681 Posted 14/09/2012 at 17:46:20
684 Posted 14/09/2012 at 17:45:24
685 Posted 14/09/2012 at 17:49:52
697 Posted 14/09/2012 at 18:27:05
His impact has been tremendous
700 Posted 14/09/2012 at 18:34:19
712 Posted 14/09/2012 at 19:09:35
713 Posted 14/09/2012 at 19:09:35
716 Posted 14/09/2012 at 18:59:27
Real shame about Gibson, who without being spectacular or individually eye-catching, has been a vital piece in what is evolving into a very exciting, competitive jigsaw.
He will be missed until he returns.
Just hope the rest of the lads step up to the plate in his absence.
Oh, and that Johnny gets his 'player of the season' place back in the centre of defence.
Talk about deja-vu: he gets dropped... he gets an occasional, ineffective game in centre midfield... then he finally gets played in his proper position and Everton go on a long run of good form
As for who might fill Gibson's place: personally I'd drop Fellaini back and give Barkley a run and a chance to prove himself. Bit late for that now though it appears.
I wonder, would a decent option be playing Neville at right back, where he's at home and giving Hibbert a try in front of the defence? He'd certainly make a nuisance of himself, get stuck in and break attacks up?
Do hope our bright start doesn't fizzle out as fast as it arrived and we're left playing catch up again by the middle of October?
717 Posted 14/09/2012 at 19:16:25
723 Posted 14/09/2012 at 19:23:04
No Barkley, of course; Junior who???
He'll just be listening to the steady drip of a tap in the eerie silence of his cell.
759 Posted 14/09/2012 at 21:35:25
I think we will have to play Mirallas on the right flank and Naismith hasnt been doing too badly so time to drop Felli back into MF I think.
Give Ossie a rest while Gibbo is out and maybe play Neville alongside Felli in the middle.
To be fair Neville hasnt been too bad this season.
We also have to consider Oviedo if he proves up to the pace he could be a left sided anchor.
763 Posted 14/09/2012 at 22:47:53
Might be a bit adventurous for Moyes though.
771 Posted 14/09/2012 at 23:13:50
775 Posted 14/09/2012 at 22:49:23
Jags, Heitinga, Distin, Baines,
Naismith, Fellaini, Barkley, Pienaar,
And before you start it, I know Phil did not look good at RB when he was tried there but I think he has matured and learned.
The playing team should be chosen on who we are playing and how they are doing. I know that Moyes does his home work but oh why the same strategy when it clearly does not work against the so called lower teams. And why he picks always the same team, it makes it so easy for them to come back at us.
791 Posted 15/09/2012 at 03:44:56
794 Posted 15/09/2012 at 03:46:40
795 Posted 15/09/2012 at 04:01:52
796 Posted 15/09/2012 at 04:17:34
797 Posted 15/09/2012 at 04:39:17
798 Posted 15/09/2012 at 05:06:10
820 Posted 15/09/2012 at 09:31:42
822 Posted 15/09/2012 at 09:47:56
I'd drop Fellaini back with Osman, Pienaar and Naismith, with Mirallas playing in the hole. Mirallas likes to drop to the wings so I still would think we would maintain a shape when we haven't got the ball.
I think this could depend on if Colloccini is fit or not, as Fellaini could be sent to bully his replacement. COYB
866 Posted 15/09/2012 at 15:26:29
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