PHIL NEVILLE will be a big noise in the Blues dressing room again tomorrow night, even if he doesn’t make the starting line up against West Bromwich Albion.
But Everton boss David Moyes hinted that his captain could expect to be back in the starting XI for the Carling Cup third round tie after watching the last two games from the substitutes’ bench.
“Phil will always play for me and his attitude was spot on,” said Moyes. “He was rallying the troops, in the dressing room, encouraging them. He was probably the loudest in the dressing room today.
“It doesn’t make any difference to him.
“But he knows his opportunity will come again and he’ll be the first one to acknowledge that Tony Hibbert has played well in a couple of games.
“Good players know their time will come and what they have to do when they get there.”
Neville was surprisingly left out for the visits of Aston Villa and Wigan, but his reaction was in stark contrast to Louis Saha’s attitude when he learned he hadn’t made the 18-man squad for Saturday’s match.
The French forward didn’t stay to watch the game and tweeted sarcastically “I am not good enough. Absolutely destroyed.”
He could be drafted back into the squad for tomorrow, but Moyes (below) added: “Great. I want them upset when they’re not involved. I haven’t got a problem with that at all.
“What we want is competition and hungry footballers. It’s my job to try and win the game and I need to try and keep progressing the club.
“He (Louis) only trained this week. He has been out six or seven months and I think he’s played one 45 and one 60 minutes so I’m in the business of winning games and I have to be fair as well.
“I would probably have had a decision to make, do I leave Tolos off the bench or Denis? and from what I’ve seen the two of them have got themselves into a position to be on the bench. No problem.
“Our expectations have to change a little bit because over the period we’ve lost a couple of really good players and we’ve never really been able to get that centre forward we could have done with over the last two or three years.
“Every manager wants more firepower. I would say I definitely want more and it does get me down at times. But I’ve got to make sure that those players see I believe in them, I’ve told the supporters we’ll be giving a lot of the young boys opportunities because that’s what we’ve got.
“It will be up to them to show what they’ve got.”