Seamus Coleman is expected to be in the squad that travels to Watford this weekend after recovering from the knock that forced him off against Manchester United last Sunday.
The Irishman had to come off midway through the second half against Jose Mourinho's men following an incident with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in which the Swede landed in top of him as the pair challenged for the ball.
Coleman also received what appeared to be a sly kick to the head from Ibrahomovic but it was pain in his torso, most likley his ribs, that prevented him from finishing the game.
“He's OK,” Ronald Koeman told Sky Sports' Vinny O'Connor during his pre-match press conference at Finch Farm today. “He did a normal first training [session] today.
“Of course at the beginning of the week there was still some pain but it looks positive. He did the whole session and he is available for the weekend [as normal].”
Coleman was replaced to great effect by Mason Holgate in the United game and Koeman was asked about the 20-year-old's performance in light of the Dutchman's assessment last week that his up-and-coming young players aren't quite ready for regular first-team action.
He praised the former Barnsley man but hinted that he is unlikely to displace Coleman this Saturday when the Blues go in search for what would be just their second win in 10 Premier League games.
“[Mason] was really impressive in the 20-25 minutes that he was on the pitch. He did really well, defending well. Attacking-wise he had a good support to Gerard [Deulofeu] and that's what you expect from substitutes.
“But we know his situation. He started the season with some injuries. We played with three centre-backs and he did good job. He had maybe a bit of a dip but that's normally what you see from a young player but he showed again that he [can have] a really impact on this squad at the moment.
“We know how difficult it is for young players to play on a regular basis in the first team.”
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1 Posted 08/12/2016 at 16:49:11
Holgate's chance will come. He proved again on Sunday what quality he has.
2 Posted 08/12/2016 at 17:40:40
3 Posted 08/12/2016 at 17:58:14
You are correct that Holgate performed admirably in the first couple of games this season and was then left out when others returned to fitness. So, unless his "little dip" in form occurred in training or for the Under-23s then it seems the manager is talking shite.
Even if the player did indeed drop below his normal standard, momentarily, in training or for the Under-23s, then (1) why even mention it publicly and (2) maybe it might have had something to do with being one of the teams best performers before being dropped as soon as a more senior name became available?
It just seems pointless to me, particularly coming hot on the heels of Holgate's own confident assertion:
"I know I am ready to go at that level – it's not something I haven't done before."
4 Posted 08/12/2016 at 18:02:00
Holgate's time will come; perhaps in the center of defence where we're not exactly hitting the heights.
5 Posted 08/12/2016 at 18:38:37
It will be an absolute bloody disgrace if he leaves him out of the next game because he is "a young player". Nonsense, bloody nonsense. Play Coleman in front of him. A far, far better option than playing Deulofeu or Lennon.
6 Posted 08/12/2016 at 18:51:50
Kandid Koeman is taking Evertonians for mugs. He's trying to justify up his nonsensical refusal to promote younger players by telling us Holgate had a "dip in form"?
It's utter, utter bollocks. Does the truth teller think we were all born yesterday?
It will be crushing for any youngster when the boss homes in on an actual dip in form... What must Holgate feel like when this fool starts talking about a "dip" that didn't actually happen?
The longer he is here, the more tears there will be. A classic case of telling it like it isn't.
7 Posted 08/12/2016 at 18:55:29
Surely both Coleman and Holgate can play on the same wing and could if necessary double up in defence or take it in turns to go forward. After all, our wingers are offering next to nothing of late are they? Plus if we come under the cosh, Holgate can switch to the Centre Back position.
Koeman had better be careful, because a couple of wrong moves in the next six weeks will see Goodison explode with rage if he carries on playing players who are so obviously out of form and treating the youngsters as little more than fodder.
8 Posted 08/12/2016 at 19:25:42
9 Posted 08/12/2016 at 19:27:36
10 Posted 08/12/2016 at 19:44:59
Maybe in January we will get the reinforcements and we will see a better team ethic.
11 Posted 08/12/2016 at 19:54:02
That said, Seamus playing centre-right midfield in front of him at right back seems a good shout too.
12 Posted 08/12/2016 at 20:09:20
He really rattled that Swedish poof into a sly, vicious assault on his head and body, so hopefully our boys can get some back on the cocky twat next time we play.
13 Posted 08/12/2016 at 20:23:35
Everton really do know how to shoot themselves in the foot. Will any of our youngsters get a proper run of games. Or will they have to hang around until Unsworth gets the top job. We don't start winning a few games and that could just be soon than later.
Methinks that Koeman is becoming just as big a bullshitter that our wee Bobby ever was.
15 Posted 08/12/2016 at 21:41:15
16 Posted 08/12/2016 at 23:33:43
Push Seamus up on the wing and Holgate fills in at right back. It could be like Bainesy and Pienaar all over again... but on the right
17 Posted 09/12/2016 at 01:54:48
Why otherwise would he be mouthing off again about Ross, not playing youngsters and transfers.
Having completely burnt his bridges with most of the squad what the fuck happens if we don't sign the players?
Koeman has played this all wrong, and any good will there might be has been completely eroded. For his sake, he'd better win games.
18 Posted 09/12/2016 at 03:18:23
So, Don Alexander (#11) when is all this Koeman polish and brilliance going to be inculcated in to the Everton team, because it is sadly lacking at the moment as we all can see, and isn't that what good managers get paid film star wages for?
My definition of a good manager is a guy who moulds the players he is given in to a team greater than the sum of its parts and if he can only manage by buying in extra talent, then he is no Manager – just a bookkeeper,
19 Posted 09/12/2016 at 13:55:26
I have faith and hope in Koeman mainly because I want the club to succeed under him. Believe it or not I had some sort of desperate faith in that tosser Martinez despite being stunned that Kenwright didn't even travel as far as Preston for Moyes's replacement.
Koeman though has shown ability to achieve what we initially want, in each of the two seasons he was at Southampton, blending in a newly signed handful of first team players in each season to get into the Europa. That's the least we want.
Here though, courtesy of Martinez, he inherited a consistently worsening squad nowhere near as good as Southampton's and he needs way more than a handful of new players to fix it. Surely not even footballers (except some of ours admittedly) are so thick as not to realise he has the credentials based on solid achievement to make them – the club and himself – winners?
20 Posted 09/12/2016 at 14:19:16
Unless of course he genuinely believes that none of them are good/ready enough to replace the shysters masquerading as our first team.