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Defoe, Kanu, Baros - 1, or 2 from 3

Defoe, Kanu, Baros - 1, or 2 from 3

Harry Redknapp had said that he wanted to 'wrap Kanu is cotton wool' to save him from a possible injury ahead of the United game but he is now considering unleashing both Kanu and Jermain Defoe against Everton this weekend.

Should Redknapp do this it 'might' even see him do away with the 4-5-1 away from home, although I would find this hard to think he will...

Kanu came on and changed the game last weekend, and his partnership with Defoe looked promising, so with Redknapp admitting that Defoe cannot really play the lone role he is considering starting the pair, but would he then push him out wide right?

To be honest I would rather we kept Kanu on the bench, yep the fella winds me up at times but he has that magic that I do think we will need against United - even though the thought of him playing the lone role at Old Trafford does not appeal to me that much - so we cannot really afford to risk him can we?

My own thinking would be to go with Milan Baros and Defoe again, and bring Kanu on from the bench - if needed - to either hold what we have, or try to unlock their defence to get something, or win the game.

It is a tough call for Redknapp to make, but it does seem like we are going to be positive and really do appear as though we are going to Goodison for the win... if we do go with Baros and he is used on the right wing then it would probably be just as well to start with John Utaka instead as his pace could cause problems...

It is certainly a selection headache - but it is a good one eh!


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Date:Friday February 29 2008
Time: 11:00AM


It seems bizarre that HR would buy Defoe without considering that the resultant away formation enigma would have us all scratching our heads including HR himself.
29/02/2008 11:23:00
ChrisW, good point, but I think a number of us were concerned with the forced going of the unmentionable for this reason as well as many others.
29/02/2008 12:16:00
Defoe & Baros, followed by Defoe & Kanu.
29/02/2008 12:40:00
How lucky we are to have three quality players like this to choose from. But it is Defoe and Kanu for me and use Baros as your impact player.
29/02/2008 13:27:00
interesting dave, as said i would be the otherway round - we'll soon find out i guess...
29/02/2008 14:07:00
I think Baros has looked shocking so far. I hope he proves me wrong and he is just getting used to the Prem again
29/02/2008 14:55:00
Baros on his day was the best in the EPL, he needs a couple more matches as his game relies on fitness not outright skill.
29/02/2008 15:30:00
totally agree with imazav and chrisw all baros needs is a bit of match fitness and one goal. EVERTON 1-2 PORTSMOUTH
stfc ballboy
29/02/2008 16:33:00
i would start with defoe and kanu with maube utake for the last 30/20 mins to open them up with his pace because when he starts 99% he looks like he cant be arsed!
29/02/2008 16:41:00
I don't see how you can PLAN on playing a super sub like Kanu or say Utaka... if you plan on needing them to come on and change the game then the match is all but lost before you kickoff. Much better to get in front then lock up - else you might run out of time... just like we did with six 0-0s at home...
29/02/2008 17:04:00
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