The first of our Europa League group games gives Jol a chance to make changes in a bid to find that winning formula. Twente's a side he should know plenty about.
Which tempts me to lead off with a query - just how much does Martin know about his own players? Frankly, I thought he got more things wrong than right against Blackburn. The boss has admitted he should have started Dembele and used Ruiz in the 2nd half instead. We were crying out for someone who would come on and not be afraid to have a shot or two from range and put his head in on all those crosses we sent over. Someone just like Zoltan Gera!
A groin strain on the left side puts Aaron out of contention for a couple of weeks I estimate, while Senderos is not 100%. If Chris Baird can't get a run out Thursday somewhere across the back four then our international clearly has no future at Fulham. Jol is reluctant to play Bobby with Man City and Chelsea looming up and súggests there may be three or four changes from Sunday's side. Good. Make them positive ones. Without Zamo please do not expect ANY return from playing AJ up front on his own. That is a return to the dark days of last December.
Twente are at full strength and have started their own season with four wíns and one loss. They are the Dutch cup holders and came within a whisker of doing the double in Holland last year. In essence the core remains from McClaren's title-winning team of two seasons ago - minus Bryan. Our new 'wunderkind' is cup tied of course, a fact his agent failed to point out before his signing. Ruiz has suggested he might have had second thoughts had he known.
I sense the players are keen to make amends for Sunday and if we get on the front foot from the off and are not afraid to express ourselves...who knows? And if Matty Briggs is not at LB I want my money back!
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