Everton return to Premier League action this weekend when they welcome Manchester United to Goodison Park, writes the Liverpool Echo.
The Blues will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce after coming from behind to beat Southampton at the weekend. Joe Aribo’s strike early in the second half gave the Saints the lead before Conor Coady and Dwight McNeil struck for Frank Lampard’s side.
However, with his squad now almost at full strength, Everton boss Lampard is set to face some significant selection dilemmas. And with that in mind, we have taken a look at the changes he could make to his starting line-up for this weekend’s game.
Jordan Pickford returned for Everton in the win at St Mary’s after missing the victory over West Ham United before the international break. It is hard not to imagine that he won’t start again at Goodison Park this weekend.
One imagines that Conor Coady, James Tarkowski and Vitaliy Mykolenko will also be given the nod to start at the back. And although Kyle John stepped up to the bench at the weekend, Seamus Coleman, especially after his impressive showing against the Saints, looks a cert to keep his place.
After long being a problem position for the Blues, suddenly Lampard finds himself with an array of options in midfield. Another couple of summer signings, Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye, along with the rejuvenated Alex Iwobi, currently find themselves as the incumbent trio in the centre of the park, but others are pushing to be included such as the fit-again Abdoulaye Doucoure, who came off the bench against West Ham West Ham, Tom Davies, and other summer recruit, James Garner.
However, it is hard not to imagine that Lampard will stick with the same trio who started at St Mary’s given how well all three performed. While out wide, Lampard has a real selection headache as three simply doesn’t go into two.
Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray have both featured heavily this season, but having been ill in the build-up to Saturday’s game, Dwight McNeil came in for the 21-year-old. Nobody would be surprised to see Gordon come back in against United, but with McNeil having scored against the Saints, it also feels extremely harsh for him to miss out.
Up front there is finally a bit of competition, too but, Neal Maupay will be favourite to continue to spearhead the attack. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who hasn’t featured since suffered what Lampard described as a ‘freak’ injury on the eve of the campaign, wasn’t risked against Southampton, but the Blues boss hopes to have his number nine back in contention for Sunday night’s game.