Everton announce squad for Asia Trophy

, 7 July, 36comments  |  Jump to most recent
Everton are taking close to a full first-team squad to Singapore next week for the 2015 Barclays Asia Trophy.

The notable absentees are three players recovering from the injuries that prematurely ended their 2014-15 season namely Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo.

New signings Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu are included in the 24-man party and Steven Pienaar is fit enough to play a part.

Jindrich Stanek is selected ahead of last season's back-up 'keeper Russell Griffiths while Tyias Browning, Brendan Galloway, Conor McAleny and Luke Garbutt all travel hoping to press their claims for more first-team action in the coming campaign.

Full squad: Howard, Robles, Stanek, Hibbert, Jagielka, Coleman, Stones, Browning, Garbutt, Galloway, McGeady, McCarthy, Besic, Barry, Barkley, Osman, Pienaar, Cleverley, Kone, Lukaku, Mirallas, Naismith, McAleny, Deulofeu  

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Craig Fletcher
1 Posted 07/07/2015 at 05:02:07
Great to see a near-full strength side; also great to see McCarthy, Coleman and Miralles travelling. Interesting to see McGeady in the party, considering the rumours of him wanting to leave.

Hopefully that will keep the gossip-mongerers at bay until at least the lads touchdown back in Heathrow!

Good opportunity for Garbutt and Galloway to get some gametime in the absence of Baines/Oviedo.

Rahul Sreekumar
2 Posted 07/07/2015 at 05:55:24
No Chris Long? And I guess Gibson and Oviedo will not be fully fit until the end of pre-season.
Victor Yu
3 Posted 07/07/2015 at 06:56:08
No Henen?
Neil Wood
4 Posted 07/07/2015 at 07:58:21
I would throw McAleny into the mix from the off and give him a chance playing just behind the striker... He’s 22 years old and if he’s not playing now then when will he? You have to question if he’s not starting to play now then when will he.... The lad has to have a chance to prove his worth and having seen him numerous times for youth teams, I think he would surprise people.
Shane Corcoran
5 Posted 07/07/2015 at 09:51:36
Is there anybody of note not on there other than the three lads listed?

I’d have thought Griffiths wouldn’t be too happy. Maybe he’s on the way out on loan? You heard it here first.

Liam Reilly
6 Posted 07/07/2015 at 09:48:49
Squad still looks short at the back and in creativity and if Rom got injured, oh dear.

There’s one or two that could be traded in there but RM needs to add quality or we’ll be challenging Crystal Palace and Leicester again.

Chris Williamson
7 Posted 07/07/2015 at 10:26:59
Good to see Barkley’s not injured yet.
Steven Jones
8 Posted 07/07/2015 at 11:20:45
Anyone know what type of squad we are taking to Swindon on Saturday?

U21’s, B-Team, Full First team..???

Andrew Rockley
9 Posted 07/07/2015 at 11:46:37

Makes it sound like we’re stopping off for a kick-about before heading for the airport.

Tony Cheek
10 Posted 07/07/2015 at 13:12:45
How the hell does Lukaku get in the squad again. Can't believe that! .....and where is Oviedo, and Henen?
Tom Bowers
11 Posted 07/07/2015 at 13:17:41
Tony, I guess that is a ’’tongue-in-cheek’’ question about Lukaku?

Seriously, who else is there? Do you expect RM to leave him out the squad given the money he cost and the wages he gets?

Dave Rusk
12 Posted 07/07/2015 at 13:19:43
Think Oviedo is still recovering from injury whilst Henen is in the U21 squad next season rather than the grown-ups. However, any truth in the rumour that, at yesterday’s weigh in, Darron Gibson slipped off the scales and will now be out until next Easter?

Also, Mirallas refused to be in the group photo saying "I don’t do team stuff but here is a selfie which you can paste in."

Leslie Dunkwu
13 Posted 07/07/2015 at 13:29:39
No mention of Gareth Barry...
Bill Griffiths
14 Posted 07/07/2015 at 16:39:45
Leslie, Barry’s name is there.

Steven, as far as I know, the U21s are playing a friendly against Wrexham on Saturday as I am hoping to go along and watch.

James Marshall
16 Posted 07/07/2015 at 17:19:44
Does anyone have any idea which part of the ground Evertonians are mostly planning on sitting? I’m buying tickets and have no idea where people are likely to be sitting... since we don’t know which game we’ll be in (I’m going to the 3rd/4th/Final day on Saturday) I guess nobody knows.....

Unless someone on here has any info?

Mike Powell
17 Posted 07/07/2015 at 17:28:38
Gibson and Oviedo injured? Well that's a first.
Duncan McDine
18 Posted 07/07/2015 at 18:03:43
I’m hoping for a full team of first team players against Swindon... quite an unusual event to travel less than an hour to see Everton play!

From what my uncle tells me, Swindon will be struggling to put 11 players on the field. At least half the team from last season were on loan, and have gone back to their ’parent’ clubs.

Denis Richardson
19 Posted 07/07/2015 at 19:03:18
I’m surprised Gibson isn’t involved. He’s recovered from his injury, only Baines and Oviedo are still injured.

I guess the club are trying to wrap him in cotton wool as the trip is more a PR exercise than pre-season training. If we fail to beat Stoke, we’ll only have played one game against decent standard oppo.

Real pre-season games start when they get back in about 12 days time.

Leung Chi Ho
20 Posted 07/07/2015 at 22:21:10
Weird feeling that the first time I see Everton match live in the stadium will be in Singapore, not at Goodison Park.
Tony Cheek
21 Posted 07/07/2015 at 23:08:52
Of course it was a joke, Tom #11 ..... And that's about the size of it — there is no-one else! Bleeding depressing, isn't it!
Dee Gidwani
22 Posted 08/07/2015 at 03:07:33
James Marshall - The event organiser and SESC would like to encourage all Evertonians to sit together at Section 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112
Dee Gidwani
23 Posted 08/07/2015 at 03:13:18
Also if anyone is going to Singapore have a look at the Singapore Everton Supporters Club Facebook page for more info:


Kirindeep Singh
24 Posted 08/07/2015 at 04:05:27
Dee and James, have fun at the game and let’s hope we make the final! Wish I had known earlier and I would have booked in the sections that Dee just mentioned. I am seated in Section 410 for the games on Saturday. COYB!
James Marshall
25 Posted 08/07/2015 at 07:25:54
Dee, thanks for that. I’m in Section 108. :-)
James Marshall
26 Posted 08/07/2015 at 07:59:41
Is there a meet-up planned at all on the Saturday? It would be good to know what other people have planned for the 3rd/4th place/Final day on the Saturday.
Chris Regan
27 Posted 08/07/2015 at 08:25:21
I hope we win a friendly this pre-season, last year we didn’t win one (if my memory is correct); Roberto didn’t seem too bothered though. The squad looks short of players and unbalanced. Still Roberto knows what he’s doing, he’s one of the best in Europe!

Abhishek Saha
28 Posted 08/07/2015 at 10:10:04
I would love to see Mirallas, Barkley, and Deulofeu play behind Rom. However, maybe start with Naismith and Osman or Pienaar given their experience as there would be nerves involved initially. Once nerves start settling down, bring on Ross and Delboy together in the second half. Impact substitution.
James Marshall
29 Posted 08/07/2015 at 11:40:24
Mirallas, Barkley and Deulofeu in the same side would leave us wide open defensively. Three players who do nothing without the ball. Lukaku as well would make four... We’d get murdered.
Andrew Ellams
30 Posted 08/07/2015 at 12:03:58
James, we didn’t do too badly 2 years ago when those 4 were in the same team.
James Marshall
31 Posted 08/07/2015 at 16:24:03
I don’t remember them playing together that often to be honest.

I wouldn’t trust Barkley to shut his front door let alone try to stop an attack, and Mirallas couldn’t tackle if his life depended on it!

Honestly, I think we got lucky that season, I really do.

Tony Cheek
32 Posted 09/07/2015 at 09:03:24
Mirallas can’t tackle? Ask Suarez!
James Marshall
34 Posted 09/07/2015 at 14:10:15
That wasn’t a tackle, that was assault!
Paul Cherrington
35 Posted 09/07/2015 at 14:17:48
A fully deserved one too, I would say – I think most Evertonians gave a little cheer when Kev nailed him.
Andrew Ellams
36 Posted 09/07/2015 at 14:22:01
They played together at St James Park, James, when we battered Newcastle with some top class counter-attacking football.
Steve Brown
37 Posted 09/07/2015 at 17:18:59
Anyone know where Everton will be staying in Singapore?
Steven Jones
38 Posted 09/07/2015 at 17:50:30
Well, i booked my tickets for me and my two first timers, 6 and 7 for Swindon on Saturday ...

Do we know if many blues are going...?? Ticket sales??

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