Friday, November 18

Caps for Cresswell and Edimilson; Sakho close to return

A good week for Aaron Cresswell and Edimilson Fernandes with both making their full international debuts for England and Switzerland. It's been a strange few weeks for Aaron. He's managed to return at Palace, make a goal and get sent off, miss the Sundeland game through suspension, play in the League Cup win against Chelsea and get 11 minutes (plus six of added time) in for England — even if England did give away two goals while he was on the pitch, which must have made him feel like he was back with West Ham. Good to see young Edimilson get a game too as he looks really adaptable and one of our few decent summer signings.

Meanwhile Mark Noble is suspended for the trip to White Hart Lane tomorrow, but better news is that Sakho might even play and Andy Carroll could be back in a week or so. Let's hope Sakho can still score when he wants as no one else can… If we ever do get all our strikers fit there might be the intriguing prospect of having Big Andy flanked by Ayew and Sakho if we're chasing a game. Zaza looks like he's on his way back to Italy and Calleri hasn't cut it, so it looks like we'll be relying on Ayew, Sakho, Carroll and Fletcher for the rest of the season — and a goal from one of them would certainly be long overdue.

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