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