he did not reveal to Ruiz that he was cup-tied before he had secured his signature from Twente on transfer deadline day. Ruiz is ineligible because he played for the Dutch side in the Champions League before they were eliminated earlier this season and dropped into the Europa League.
“He thought he could play but he couldn’t. It was an advantage for us because if he’d known before it maybe could have been a problem. I knew it but he thought he could play. Just after signing he said: ‘I thought I could play.’ I said: ‘No you can’t’.”
Not mentioned in this article, but Jol also notes that he might need to get Duff on the left as too many of his right footed crosses weren’t up to scratch. This is something we all agreed on, although against that Twente might not show him down the line as much.
From what we can piece together, I’m guessing:
Schwarzer – Kelly, Baird, Hangeland, Briggs – Sidwell, Etuhu (Gecov?) – Duff, Dempsey, Dembele – AJ