Free kick Posted July 19, 2004 Share Posted July 19, 2004 quote:Originally posted by Gordon I struggle to see a guy starting on the A Team losing hs spot to a B Team player for a WCQ. A friendly, yes perhaps. My sense is that the only player at real risk would be Watson, and then only because Tony Menezes is expereinced and, well, more talented. Even Simpson, who apparently had to very good games on the trot, is not a defender, so is looking to beat out DD and Brennan, two very good players. Perhaps with Hume out, DD will play on th eright flank and Simpson slected as cover on the left side. Jeffrey, you may not have gotten a chance to see the Beleize games, but in both Jazic pushed forward frequently and effectively. I think Yallop should be quite happy with both his outside backs. Really, the questions seems to be: will it be Occean or Simpson who replaces Hume for Guatamala? And did Menezes or Gervais show enough to bump Watson. Perhaps Yallop will invite 24+ players, some of the B team standouts, Nsaliwa, maybe Bent, and let them compete for the back-up spots. I can also easily see Simpson, Peters, Occean earning themselves a call up for an A-team friendly, but a WCQ? I think you want to be pretty certain that they can compete before you take this step. As for Starting line-ups, I think Matthew is on the right track, although McKenna may replace Pesch as a started for the sound reasons stated by Jeffrey. If not starting, then certainly an early sub on for McKenna if we are not getting good looks at the Guatamala goal. That would make sense to me. We could use some depth in central defense and the B team is a good way find a player or two to fill in the odd game in the event of a suspension to devos or someone similar. Also, Yallop need to have some idea who his third string keeper is going to be? or even who the backup is going to be should lars have trouble finding a club or if Onstad struggles. What I suspect Yallop needs from the B teams player(s) that he choses is someone who doesn't make mistakes and is experienced enough to be counted on in a pinch. I suspect two and most three might be in the on the squad versus Guatemala. None will be a starter. The closest to starting might be the extra central defender only because Watson is also at a similar level. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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