By Guy Giles
Everton head into their Europa League clash with Lyon tonight at the bottom of Group E with just one point from their first three matches, and fans have reacted on Twitter to caretaker manager David Unsworth’s team selection.
Unsworth seems to have decided to trust in youth as he hands starts to Beni Baningime, Mason Holgate, and Ademola Lookman, with Jonjoe Kenny also playing at right back.
Cuco Martina gets a rare start at centre back alongside Ashley Williams, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye, Aaron Lennon and Gylfi Sigurdsson rounding out the starting XI.
— Everton (@Everton) November 2, 2017
The main point of contention among fans is Everton’s seeming lack of an out-and-out striker, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the bench and Sandro Ramirez out of the squad altogether.
Everton desperately need a win in Lyon if they are to keep their European adventure alive, and a loss tonight could seal their exit from the competition.
Caretaker boss Unsworth also needs a win if he wants to have any chance of keeping the job on a permanent basis, but judging by the way fans have reacted on Twitter, his team selection has sealed his fate already.
Here, Football Insider has gathered the best Twitter responses to Unsworth’s team selection:
Unsworth just team selected himself out of the running.
— Les Olson (@BlueboyLes1878) November 2, 2017
What on earth is that
— Jack (@Kean4Gomes) November 2, 2017
3 CDMs and no striker? That's worse than koeman imo
— Jakke Ferguson (@jakkefergo11) November 2, 2017
Why no Vlasic again, our most creative player so far this season. No forward of any sorts as well. Guessing Unsworth wants the Sunderland job cause a line up like that won't get him the Everton one.
— Graeme.. (@graeme_f_s) November 2, 2017
No striker. #unsworthOUT
— Timothy Scott (@Tim_Scott93) November 2, 2017
While most responses were quick to dismiss Unsworth as clueless, some Toffees fans were willing to give the caretaker a chance:
Um… maybe that early faith in Unsy being the answer was a little optimistic… or this is a stunning masterstroke. We'll see! 😯
— Simon Pope (@popies) November 2, 2017
certainly giving youth a go, cant be any worse than what's come before.
— simon rowley ⚽⚫⚪🏴 (@upthevale1) November 2, 2017
Baffling criticism of the team before they've even played. He's tried something new, let's see what happens. PS LOOKMAN!!! YAY! 👏#Everton
— peter james needham (@pjneedham40) November 2, 2017
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