There’s been some discussion on the various Fulham messageboards today about the possibility of Roy Hodgson picking ‘a shadow side’ for the Europa League game in Sofia tomorrow night.
I’m not sure that Roy will ring the changes to such an extent, but it’s an interesting question posed by a few people. Would it be worth rotating the squad to such an extent with what could be a testing tie at Wolves on Sunday afternoon? I’m not convinced that we’ll need to rest our key players, but it might be neccessary to give AJ the opportunity to get over his recent injury problems and three games in eight days could give the likes of Duff and Dempsey a bit of trouble as well.
I’d be tempted to go with the strongest possible side along the lines of – Schwarzer; Pantsil, Konchesky, Hughes, Hangeland; Etuhu, Murphy, Duff, Gera; Zamora, Nevland – maybe resting Andy Johnson and Dempsey. But what would a plausible alternative look like? Perhaps something like this:
Stockdale – Kelly, Konchesky, Hughes, Smalling – Baird, Greening, Riise, Davies; Nevland, Kamara.
NB: Unless there has been a late change to our squad list, Kagiso Dikgacoi and David Elm will not be eligible to play in Sofia tomorrow night.
It will be very interesting to see who lines up for us tomorrow. It will certainly give an indication of how seriously Fulham plan to take the competition.