Boss: Prove It To Me

by Mark Rowan @Everton

David Moyes wants his players' help in selecting his team for the opening game of the season against Arsenal.

The Blues Boss still has tough decisions to make, though knows his squad can push the process along starting tonight at Dundee United.

Moyes believes his team have now achieved the fitness part of the pre-season programme and from here the performances in the remaining games will be a major factor when he makes the difficult choices.

"We are still trying to make sure the players get the match practice and fitness they need from the games just now," Moyes told

"We will soon start tying things down but at the moment we probably have a squad of 23,24 players who consider themselves first team players.

"As I have said we are not quite ready to make any decisions and it is a case of letting the players sort it themselves starting at Dundee United tonight.

"We need competition and I want my current players and some new players I hope to bring in to make it as tough as possible to get into the team."

Tonight's primary aim for Moyes is a performance similar to the one that yielded victory over Scottish Champions Rangers at the weekend, but he knows he faces a tough task.

Like at Everton there is huge competition for places at Tannadice following an influx of new signings and every one of them will have a point to prove against a team from England.

Moyes added: "It is another good game for us and hopefully we can build on the performance we had against Rangers.

"We will probably try to give one or two other players an opportunity and try to get everyone here up to full speed in terms of match practice.

"I know their manager Ian McCall well and they have brought in nine new players this season and they will have everything to prove as they look ahead to the start of the SPL."

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