Ahead of the Premier League meeting between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park this weekend, we caught up with a couple of fans for their take on the match...
Everton Fan - Matthew Judge
Despite being greeted with a tough run of games, we have made a good start to the 2015/16 season. Saturday’s clash with Chelsea doesn’t see things get any easier on paper, but the mood amongst the squad is strong at the moment and Jose Mourinho’s side haven’t made the start they would have wanted.
Ross Barkley is playing with a lot of maturity at the moment and it was great to see him replicate his impressive club form on the international scene with a goal and an assist apiece against San Marino. He’s the man we are hoping will inspire the team to victory this weekend.
With all of Everton’s natural left-backs currently out on the sidelines, new signing Ramiro Funes Mori could be chucked in for his debut at Goodison Park and I really can’t wait to get a first glimpse of the Argentine in action. A tight 2-1 win for Everton.
10 Premier League debutants to watch this weekend
10 Premier League debutants to watch this weekend
1/10 Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
With a fee potentially rising to £58m, everyone is keen to get a look at the 'next Thierry Henry' when Manchester United play Liverpool at Old Trafford. Among them will be Wayne Rooney, who had to ask team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin who Martial was after United's shock mega-bid for the 19-year-old. Having made his France bow during the international break, Martial should be fit and ready to play.
2/10 Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Not strictly a Premier League debut for De Bruyne, who played three games for Chelsea during the 2013/14 campaign. The Blues didn't think much of the Belgian and let him leave for Wolfsburg. But just a couple of years later he's back following a £55m move to Manchester City. With question marks over his ability (and City's willingness to spend so much) in England, De Bruyne will be eager to show how much he's improved since his time at Chelsea.
3/10 Papy Djilobodji (Chelsea)
Jose Mourinho wanted John Stones. He got Papy Djilobodji. Whilst far from the mega-signing Chelsea had wanted, the 26-year-old Senegal international could prove a useful addition considering the Blues' shaky start to the defence of their Premier League crown. Having joined from Nantes on deadline day, the 6ft 3in central defender could go straight into the side when Chelsea play Everton at Goodison Park.
4/10 Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton)
A defender at the other end of the Goodison Park pitch potentially making his debut this weekend will be Funes Mori, who arrived at Everton on deadline-day for £9.5m. The Toffees have never paid so much for a defender, so supporters will be expecting much from the arrival from River Plate.
5/10 Virgil van Dijk (Celtic)
Another expensive defender to look out for this weekend is Virgil van Dijk, who joined Southampton from Celtic in a £13m deal. The ball-carrying centre-back joins the Premier League after back-to-back titles north of the border. Ronald Koeman will be hoping his Dutch compatriot can bring some consistency at the back - and maybe a goal or two with his aerial presence - after a mixed start to the season from Saints.
6/10 Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)
Tottenham were desperate to lessen the burden being placed on Harry Kane and whilst failing to sign Saido Berahino, did manage to bring in Heung-Min Son. £21.9m was needed to secure the signature of the striker from Bayer Leverkusen who scored 21 goals in 58 Bundesliga appearances for his former side. After a concerning start to the season that sees Spurs without a win, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping Heung-Min can bring his international form to club level, with the South Korean scoring a hat-trick against Laos during the international break.
7/10 Michail Antonio (West Ham United)
West Ham were the most active side at the end of the transfer window, bringing in Victor Moses and Alex Song on loan and Nikica Jelavic on a permanent basis. All solid signings, but perhaps the most exciting will be pacy winger Antonio. He signed in a £7m deal after a hugely impressive season for Nottingham Forest last term. In 54 Championship appearances the 25-year-old was involved in 34 goals, netting 19 and providing a further 15 assists. Four of those goals came in this campaign before his move to Upton Park.
8/10 Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City)
Despite a healthy goal return since their return to the Premier League, Norwich have added another striker to their ranks with the addition of Mbokani on loan from Dynamo Kiev. The Democratic Republic of Congo international scored 16 goals in 33 league appearances for his former side and also boasted a strong return of 34 goals in 53 league appearances for former club Anderlecht. With fellow promoted side Bournemouth up this weekend, it could be a good opportunity for Mbokani to bag an early Premier League goal.
9/10 Victor Ibarbo (Watford)
Watford have looked decent on their return to the Premier League, but their failure to score in three of their four games means they've got little to show for it. That's why Ibarbo was brought in on loan from Cagliari. The Colombia international is not renowned for getting the goals himself - he's scored just 15 Serie A goals in 127 appearance - he is a shrewd playmaker. Quique Sanchez Flores will be hoping the 25-year-old can set up the goals that will fire his side up the table.
10/10 Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa)
Manchester City once paid £22m for Lescott, a signal of the quality the 26-times capped England international has. He might now be 33-years-old, but the £1m Aston Villa paid West Brom for his services seemed a bargain for a player who made 34 Premier League appearances last season.
Chelsea Fan - Kavan Flavius
This game is an absolute must-win for us as struggling defending champions and anything less would leave Chelsea in an extremely undesirable position. Having won just one game from our last four, the turnaround needs to begin at Goodison Park.
Jose Mourinho will be glad to have the creativity of Oscar back in the squad and Eden Hazard finding his shooting boots during the international break should also provide a boost. The defence is an obvious worry, but with Branislav Ivanovic likely to be benched, let’s hope we manage our first clean sheet of the campaign.
The teams provided a 6-3 thriller in their last meeting at Goodison, with Diego Costa getting on the score sheet twice. He hasn’t had the best start this season , but he will always provide that threat up front and I can see us grinding out a 1-0 victory, but only if Ivanovic is left out and we start with Baba and “Azpi” in the full back positions.
90min is the leading football fan platform. For more fan views, to join the conversation or to cast your vote via FanVoice visit www.90min.comReuse content