Saints team dilemma for Pochettino

Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert

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NEW boss Mauricio Pochettino faces a big selection dilemma in his first game in charge tonight.

The Argentine faces Everton in a crucial Premier League game screened live on Sky TV.

And he has to decide whether to hand Norwegian centre half Vegard Forren his Saints debut.

The 24-year-old was unveiled at St Mary’s shortly after Pochettino was announced as Nigel Adkins’ shock successor last Friday.

Forren has not played a senior game since the beginning of December, when he turned out for Molde in the Europa League.

Molde’s league season runs from April through to November, and Forren was an ever present in his club’s 2012 title success.

If Forren does start, Jos Hooiveld is most likely to be dropped, despite the fact he helped Saints to four points from two away games at Aston Villa and Chelsea following Jose Fonte’s knee injury.

Pochettino must also decide whether to bring back top scorer Rickie Lambert, who came off the bench to score in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

He almost certainly will start with Saints’ talisman, who has now scored 10 league goals in his debut top flight seasonm, with Guly dropping out.

Captain Adam Lallana could also be back, after being sidelined ever since the 1-0 win against Reading at St Mary’s on December 8 with a knee injury.

Lallana has resumed training and he faces a late fitness test.

Winger Kevin Mirallas is not expected to be risked when Everton travel to St Mary’s after virtually two months out with a hamstring injury.

The Belgian is reported to be back in training but, after attempting to come back last month and breaking down again, manager David Moyes will not want to rush him.

Defender Johnny Heitinga could return after missing the last two games with a knock, but full-back Tony Hibbert (calf) and midfielder Darron Gibson (thigh) remain on the sidelines.

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9:04am Mon 21 Jan 13

Velleity says...

"Football manager has to select team, Shock Horror!"
"Football manager has to select team, Shock Horror!" Velleity
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9:10am Mon 21 Jan 13

Puddletown Saint says...

Forren to start.

Fox and Punch on the flanks.

Gaston in the hole behind Rickie.

COYR.
Forren to start. Fox and Punch on the flanks. Gaston in the hole behind Rickie. COYR. Puddletown Saint
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9:14am Mon 21 Jan 13

SO50 Saint says...

I like the sounds of that Puddletown 3-1 SFC
I like the sounds of that Puddletown 3-1 SFC SO50 Saint
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9:28am Mon 21 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Velleity wrote:
"Football manager has to select team, Shock Horror!"
.. and he doesn't speak a word of English, panic, PANIC, we are all going to ....................
......... St Marys to watch the new kid on the block.
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: "Football manager has to select team, Shock Horror!"[/p][/quote].. and he doesn't speak a word of English, panic, PANIC, we are all going to .................... ......... St Marys to watch the new kid on the block. OSPREYSAINT
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9:44am Mon 21 Jan 13

SaintMax says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Velleity wrote:
"Football manager has to select team, Shock Horror!"
.. and he doesn't speak a word of English, panic, PANIC, we are all going to ....................

......... St Marys to watch the new kid on the block.
though neither does Gaston and Yosh, and I cant understand a word Rickie says!
I cant wait for the game!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: "Football manager has to select team, Shock Horror!"[/p][/quote].. and he doesn't speak a word of English, panic, PANIC, we are all going to .................... ......... St Marys to watch the new kid on the block.[/p][/quote]though neither does Gaston and Yosh, and I cant understand a word Rickie says! I cant wait for the game! SaintMax
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10:59am Mon 21 Jan 13

St Retford says...

Is Fellaini injured/suspended at the moment? He's an absolute joy to watch on the pitch but, equally, I'd like him to not be playing!
Is Fellaini injured/suspended at the moment? He's an absolute joy to watch on the pitch but, equally, I'd like him to not be playing! St Retford
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12:07pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Ross123 says...

ps, will lallana start?

brilliant if he does.

also interesting who will be captain
ps, will lallana start? brilliant if he does. also interesting who will be captain Ross123
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1:44pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Scarborosaint says...

Boruc
Clyne yoshi jos shaw
Punch spiderman cork jwp Ramirez
Lambert

Lallana
Davis
Forren
Jrod
Fox
Gazza
Boruc Clyne yoshi jos shaw Punch spiderman cork jwp Ramirez Lambert Lallana Davis Forren Jrod Fox Gazza Scarborosaint
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5:11pm Mon 21 Jan 13

hopkins-SFC says...

Boruc
Clyne Yoshhida Forren Shaw
Morgan
Punch Cork Lallana
Ramierez
Lambert

Gazza
J-Rod
Fox
Jos
JWP
Gully
De Ridder

Provding Lallana is fit, if not see it likely Ramierz will be pushed out wide and J-Rod placed up front with Rickie!
Boruc Clyne Yoshhida Forren Shaw Morgan Punch Cork Lallana Ramierez Lambert Gazza J-Rod Fox Jos JWP Gully De Ridder Provding Lallana is fit, if not see it likely Ramierz will be pushed out wide and J-Rod placed up front with Rickie! hopkins-SFC
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