Roy Hodgson said that he believes new players Max Meyer, Cheikhou Kouyate, Jordan Ayew and Vicente Guaita are ready to be considered for starting berths, as his side prepare for the trip to Watford on Sunday.
Kouyate and Meyer have both made late cameo appearances in the win over Fulham and loss to Liverpool respectively, and Hodgson has no concerns over their ability to slot into the side in the near future.
He said: “I’ve been more than happy with our first two performances against Fulham and Liverpool. I think the team that I chose played well. But Max, Kouyate and Jordan Ayew have all been very, very impressive in training. They can feel themselves a little bit unlucky that the ones that I’ve chosen have played well enough to keep them out of the team. But I wouldn’t hesitate to put any of those into the team, and the same applied to Vicente Guaita.”
Asked about Meyer specifically, Hodgson said: “Yes he is [ready], he’s been very good. He’s a good player, there’s no question of that. His CV proves that. The things that have been written about him before he came here – that’s basically what he is. He’s a very good footballer, capable of playing anywhere across the midfield positions in a three of a four. He’s quick footed, and similar to a lot of players who seem to be coming into the game at the top level here [like] Kante, Keita, Torreira. Many years ago people may have looked and said ‘He’s too small, not tall or robust enough’. But in actual fact, their qualities, pace and energy means that they are more than big enough to play.”
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