With the lack any proper transfers to focus on, and in the same vein as my topic about youngsters breaking through, what do we expect of those players who were injured for large parts of last year this season?
Gibson: With one start in the cup and one sub appearance last season it's clear that he had no impact on our season. Personally, I'm not sure he'll have much of an impact in this year either (in the league at least). With Barry and McCarthy our clear starting duo, and in all likelihood Besic coming in Gibson will be a fair way away from the first team. I think we'll see a lot of him in the cups, but persistant injuries could well have taken their toll.
Impact on next season: 3/10
Kone: A less than promising first season, with 1 start and 5 sub appearances. I have a clear memory of him missing some real sitters when he did play but to be fair he was just getting match fit. I think he still has a lot to offer and I think he'll make a good back up striker, just hopefully not our first choice.
Impact on next season: 6/10
Pienaar: Made 21 starts last season but was injured towards the end and will be a welcome return to the side. I don't think his game will be hampered by age as he has never been the quickest. I think he'll be a starter when fit as he has a great ability to offer an out option to the defence when we get pressed high up the pitch.
Impact on next season: 8/10
Oviedo: Under Moyes he flattered to deceive but last season he looked like a real class act. Due to Baines being almost invincible when it comes to injuries I can't see him being first choice but with europe I'm sure he/ll get game time at left back. I'm still not convinced when he plays in midfield but I think that's where we'll see him in the Premier League.
Impact on next season: 5/10
McGeady: Not injured last year but signed in January and never really looked fully fit. I'm really excited for him in the coming year, at 25 I've not seen an Everton player beat his man so consitently in my lifetime. Like nearly every winger, his decision making can be suspect but he very rarely loses the ball and he's got some real pace. If he can get fully fit and is up for it, I think he'll make a real run at being first choice. Also, in before Lizz appears to say he will be player of the year next year.
Impact on next season: 9/10