Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez and Cuco Martina are among the 25-man Everton squad which left for Holland on Monday afternoon.
Goalkeeper Pickford and forward Sandro had been given extra time off following their participation for England and Spain respectively in the European Under-21 Championship in Poland. Dutch defender Martina also makes the trip to his homeland after his signing was confirmed on Monday.
Ross Barkley has not travelled owing to the groin injury which prevented his travelling to Tanzania, neither has Ramiro Funes Mori, who is recovering from a knee injury sustained last season.
The squad departed Liverpool Airport on Monday afternoon for Enschede in east Holland ahead of a pre-season friendly against FC Twente on Wednesday (6pm kick-off UK time, 7pm local time), before travelling to Belgium to take on KRC Genk on Saturday 22 July (3pm UK time, 4pm local time).
Everton Squad: Maarten Stekelenburg, Joel Robles, Jordan Pickford, Leighton Baines, Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, Callum Connolly, Mason Holgate, Jonjoe Kenny, Cuco Martina, Michael Keane, Morgan Schneiderlin, Davy Klaassen, James McCarthy, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Gareth Barry, Mo Besic, Tom Davies, Kieran Dowell, Kevin Mirallas, Aaron Lennon, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman, Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez.
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1 Posted 18/07/2017 at 15:49:28
Looking at the list of the squad, we do need some quality out wide why spend £50mill on Sigurdsson when we have enough central players?
A quick winger with an eye for goal: Joel Campbell from Arsenal on the cheap?
2 Posted 18/07/2017 at 16:09:58
3 Posted 18/07/2017 at 16:54:49
4 Posted 18/07/2017 at 16:57:51
5 Posted 18/07/2017 at 17:02:37
6 Posted 18/07/2017 at 17:09:24
7 Posted 18/07/2017 at 21:03:43
8 Posted 18/07/2017 at 21:10:33
Barkley, Funes Mori, Coleman, Bolasie (injured)
Browning, Galloway (on loan)
Pennington (about to go on loan)
Joe Williams, Tarashaj, Leandro Rodriguez, Niasse (???)
9 Posted 18/07/2017 at 21:17:25
10 Posted 19/07/2017 at 11:39:35
Sandro isn't tested in the Prem, and we need a back up for Rooney in case he is injured or just looks off the pace. We have a few wide players, but not really enough depth or quality to push through a long season with top 4 aspirations and cup runs.
Defense seems okay, although another top quality centre back wouldn't go a miss. Central midfield seems quite congested so plenty of competition there.
11 Posted 19/07/2017 at 12:19:15
The attacking quality will come from more central positions with wing backs overlapping and the forward players drifting out wide to mix things up (similar to how Liverpool and Chelsea play). We know Rooney, Sandro, Calvert-Lewin, Mirallas, Barkley and Lookman can do that job, so can Sigurdsson if he comes.
If you look at it that way, then it makes sense to add another striker and another attacking midfielder rather than a winger. Perhaps another centre-back if Funes Mori is out long term as we'll need 6 players to cover those 3 positions. Probably why he's trying Besic there.
12 Posted 19/07/2017 at 13:41:21
13 Posted 19/07/2017 at 14:01:46
14 Posted 19/07/2017 at 14:37:46
15 Posted 19/07/2017 at 15:09:20
16 Posted 19/07/2017 at 15:45:30
Sandro should play on the left of a front three. He likes to go out that side and cut in onto his favoured right foot. He scores a lot of goals from the left.
As things stand, I foresee a front three of Sandro, Rooney, and Barkley. But I do think we will sign another No 9 like Dembele, Giroud or Benteke, and I expect a pacy player for the right of that three. I also cannot see Ross being here after the window closes.
17 Posted 19/07/2017 at 15:51:05
The reason is that Schneiderlin plays in that role. He drops back to pick up the opposition Number 10. Anyone trying to play off the striker is his man. So that's the defensive duties of the 3rd centre back taken. The attacking duties are coming out of defence with the ball. Again, this is Schneiderlin's job.
So what we have lost is a big tall centre back to head the ball away, but we have gained someone who is much better on the ball, can push up the pitch into a flatter midfield if necessary. It also speeds the transitions up (the time from winning the ball to the starting of an attack).
I'd be amazed if we played 3 at the back again.
18 Posted 19/07/2017 at 17:23:57
19 Posted 19/07/2017 at 17:42:58
All you have to do is pay £3.99 and you're all good.
20 Posted 19/07/2017 at 17:43:47
21 Posted 19/07/2017 at 17:45:26
22 Posted 19/07/2017 at 17:51:19
23 Posted 19/07/2017 at 17:53:15
24 Posted 19/07/2017 at 17:53:21
25 Posted 19/07/2017 at 17:55:46
27 Posted 19/07/2017 at 17:58:16
28 Posted 19/07/2017 at 17:58:47
29 Posted 19/07/2017 at 18:00:40
Why do we always seems to get problems with these friendlies?
30 Posted 19/07/2017 at 18:02:48
32 Posted 19/07/2017 at 18:05:12
33 Posted 19/07/2017 at 18:06:33
And I think I saved my card, so I'm not going to go through with that transaction to see if they just let me in for free...
34 Posted 19/07/2017 at 18:15:44
Gareth Barry really influencing the game. Still 0-0 but Lookman and Mirallas should have put us up 2-0 so far.
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