The preseason race is run and I would imagine, barring something monumental happening in the last week, EH will now know his starting XI for next weekend. From what I've seen, this is who I think it will be:
GK: Boruc - Almost by default after the other three blew it in the final friendlies
CB: S Cook - Not challenged by Mepham's preseason performances
LB: Daniels (if fit enough) / Rico (if not) - Rico should be the man but a weak showing v Lyon may cost him
CM: Billing - Looked absolutely ready v Lyon and could dovetail nicely with Lerma
RW: Ibe - Did enough v Lazio to be given the chance to reclaim the spot
Stacey (allows us to cover both fullbacks as Smith can switch sides)
Rico is a worry going forward but defensively he’s much improved. Last season he was basically a training cone, not knowing whether to engage his opponent or stand off.
Today his positional sense was 100% better. He blocked a number of crosses and on the rare times Lyon did get in down his side he did enough to put the attacker off balance. If defending is the main priority in a full back (which it probably isn’t) then he’d be our starter.
I'd be concerned if Ibe started. I couldn't see him fitting well into today's team. Makes too many mistakes, loses the ball and puts the team on the back foot. Some good runs last night are counter balanced by the times he lost the ball/ ran into trouble.
You look at that squad and you say "how good can it be when we can add back L. Cook, Francis, Brooks, and Kelly ... and also Charlie and Gosling". However, we seemed to say that all last season. At full strength, we would certainly have enough depth to make a decent cup attempt.