Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Grayson Is Set to Ring Changes in Cup Clash

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Grayson Is Set to Ring Changes in Cup Clash

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SIMON Grayson will make changes for tonight's Carabao Cup game at Everton as he looks to keep some of his key players fresh for Championship action.

International break aside, the Black Cats have had two games per week since the start of the season and that busy schedule has taken its toll - with deadline-day signings such as Callum McManaman and Jonny Williams particularly affected because they are not yet fully match-fit.

In addition, his attacking options are severely limited as a result of Lewis Grabban's hamstring injury, which means James Vaughan is the club's sole recognised senior striker - and he is just one booking away from a one-match ban.

Grayson's squad lacks depth, but he is likely to turn to the likes of former Everton men Darron Gibson and Jack Rodwell in midfield, while Billy Jones could be drafted into defence after losing his place to Adam Matthews in recent games.

And up front, teenager Joel Asoro and Lynden Gooch could come into the reckoning, if former Toffee Vaughan is rested.

"In terms of the team selection, I'm sure there'll be a few changes," said Grayson.

"But as far as the cup game itself is concerned, as we've said in the other rounds, we want to win.

"We will look into other options who can play up front, other ptions who can play elsewhere on the pitch, and that's something we are considering right through the group because after tomorrow, we play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday."

Asked about the depth of the squad, he added: "It's not the deepest, but we'll cope with it. We have players who are champing at the bit to get into the team like Gibson and Rodwell, and Billy Jones who has not played recently, so We've got a few options and if I pick them I'm sure they'll do whatever is required to try and stay in the team."

The biggest headache Grayson faces is who to bring in if he opts to give Vaughan a break, with Duncan Watmore and Josh Maja not yet fit to return. …

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