Saints clash with Everton little help to Roy

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson

First published in Sport

Roy Hodgson’s left back dilemma has not got any easier following Saints’ 2-0 win over Everton.

The England manager watched the game from the St Mary’s director’s box just over two weeks before he names his squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

Amongst other possible internationals he was able to see left backs Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw up against each other.

After the game, Mauricio Pochettino was complimentary of both players and sympathised with the decision Hodgson has to make with Chelsea’s Ashley Cole also in the mix.

He said: “Baines in general is an amazing player, a truly outstanding player.

“Luke Shaw is still a young player, a player that is still in development, still growing, but also a player of outstanding talent.

“I’m sure that is going to be a very difficult decision for Roy Hodgson.”

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7:44pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Baines was carp.
Baines was carp. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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8:32pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Baines was carp.
Mr Hodgson could do with you as an adviser - squad problems sorted!
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Baines was carp.[/p][/quote]Mr Hodgson could do with you as an adviser - squad problems sorted! Jan28th1984
  • Score: 2

8:58pm Sun 27 Apr 14

st.athan saint says...

Luke in PFA team of year it Adam
Luke in PFA team of year it Adam st.athan saint
  • Score: 2

9:00pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Baines was carp.
He was poor on the day but he does have the edge on Luke with his balls into the box. (Rickie could testify to that) Luke's delivery is generally poor which tends to waste all of the effort he makes bombing forward. Both are definitely a better option than AC. I think Baines will look better in the WC where he won't be up against such accomplished sides as the Saints.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Baines was carp.[/p][/quote]He was poor on the day but he does have the edge on Luke with his balls into the box. (Rickie could testify to that) Luke's delivery is generally poor which tends to waste all of the effort he makes bombing forward. Both are definitely a better option than AC. I think Baines will look better in the WC where he won't be up against such accomplished sides as the Saints. Clever Dick
  • Score: 6

9:05pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Bingo from Sholing says...

Let us assume for now that Roy will take 2 left backs. He has a problem, not because he is spoilt for choice, but because he has to look after the present, and the future. Ashley Cole will look after the present, but Roy could also make a long term investment in the future by taking Luke as cover. If the need dictates, Luke could also be involved in the present; but Ashley cannot be involved in a longer term future. The only way Ashley can impact significantly on the future after the World Cup is by coaching Luke. Baines had a poor game yesterday but we know he can be an excellent player. However if Roy can only take two left backs, he should take Ashley And Luke.
Let us assume for now that Roy will take 2 left backs. He has a problem, not because he is spoilt for choice, but because he has to look after the present, and the future. Ashley Cole will look after the present, but Roy could also make a long term investment in the future by taking Luke as cover. If the need dictates, Luke could also be involved in the present; but Ashley cannot be involved in a longer term future. The only way Ashley can impact significantly on the future after the World Cup is by coaching Luke. Baines had a poor game yesterday but we know he can be an excellent player. However if Roy can only take two left backs, he should take Ashley And Luke. Bingo from Sholing
  • Score: 4

9:40pm Sun 27 Apr 14

alan.of.eastleigh says...

I think he has already decided to take Shaw. Saturday must have got him thinking about taking Clyne too.
I think he has already decided to take Shaw. Saturday must have got him thinking about taking Clyne too. alan.of.eastleigh
  • Score: 10

5:15pm Mon 28 Apr 14

boilerman says...

Baines is good for Everton but lacks a lot for England.
Clyne skinned him several times on Saturday,
Roy should take Cole and Shaw to Brazil, I feel a bit sorry for Baines but at the end of the day Shaw is the future and Baines is just not international standard.
Baines is good for Everton but lacks a lot for England. Clyne skinned him several times on Saturday, Roy should take Cole and Shaw to Brazil, I feel a bit sorry for Baines but at the end of the day Shaw is the future and Baines is just not international standard. boilerman
  • Score: 1

5:33pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Hate to say it and really dislike the guy but I thought Cole has played well the last couple of games.
Even if Luke is not in the squad they should take him for experience (and he might teach Baines and Cole a couple of things!)
Hate to say it and really dislike the guy but I thought Cole has played well the last couple of games. Even if Luke is not in the squad they should take him for experience (and he might teach Baines and Cole a couple of things!) Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 0

7:57pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Block 34 says...

Never mind Shaw, what about Clyne? Outstanding (again!)
Never mind Shaw, what about Clyne? Outstanding (again!) Block 34
  • Score: 0

9:25pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Chriops says...

Luke Shaw must go the the World Cup. As Seed said, Baines was Carp. Shaw was head and shoulders above him.

Clyne was also superb - I wonder if he's let that lad from Barca out of his pocket yet? Delafayou has been one of the bright sparks of the Permier league this year, but Clyne was more than a match

Oh, and where was Barkley?

I know these things aren't decided one one match, but the Saints players have generally been outstanding all season. I certainly haven't seen Shaw, Clyne or Lallana have as poor a game as Baines, Barkley or Barry (for that matter) all season!
Luke Shaw must go the the World Cup. As Seed said, Baines was Carp. Shaw was head and shoulders above him. Clyne was also superb - I wonder if he's let that lad from Barca out of his pocket yet? Delafayou has been one of the bright sparks of the Permier league this year, but Clyne was more than a match Oh, and where was Barkley? I know these things aren't decided one one match, but the Saints players have generally been outstanding all season. I certainly haven't seen Shaw, Clyne or Lallana have as poor a game as Baines, Barkley or Barry (for that matter) all season! Chriops
  • Score: 0

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