This would be my next 11. I'm not taking into account opposition (don't even know who they are off the top of my head) but the strongest 11 we have available and my reasoning. Feel free to pick it apart and I'd be interested to read other peoples.
Roberts Cabango/Wilmot Rodon Bidwell
Garrick Ayew Routs
Woodman could do with a break for sure. Mulder was great for a spell last year and inexplicably dropped. What have we got to lose?
Torn between Cabango and Wilmot.
Key man is Naughton. I personally think Grimes is a great player. Hard worker, lovely passer, intelligent and wins more ball than anyone else even on his off days. I wouldn't have him as captain but I think he has really been suffering from the lack of a decent, responsible partner. Naughton played magnificently in that position against a world class Chelsea side 2 years ago. He has it in him.
I very much want to see Garrick develop and think Naughton on the right will help that. But not necessarily at right back because...
The team might look a tad defensive with Naughts in there but I think it could liberate the talented Grimes and also exploit one of the best weapons in our squad - two very good overlapping full backs. Bidwell is not the greatest in build up play and is an average defender but he is bloody good bombing forward as is Connor.
Routs has the intelligence to facilitate Bidwell and Garrick can learn this on the job re Connor under the watchful eye of Naughts, a clever old pro now.
Brewster has to play - end of. Ayew central and freeish. I dont go along with the view that we should never play him wide - I think left would be ok where he would naturally favour outside - I just don't ever want to see him on the right where he unbalances us and has hampered Connor massively. Him and Routs could interchange very intelligently during a game and Routs would do this naturally from the left.
You'll notice no Celina or Gallagher. Bench and told to watch Ayew and learn about ball retention and fighting to get it back when it's lost. Given a clear message that he has achieved more than them combined yet he does not play like a luxury player. They'll get on if we need to chase the game but maybe not before Kalulu who I definitely haven't written off yet.
Fantasising about a decent line up/formation has cheered me up a bit. Disagreement as welcome as agreement.