Being once again an Evertonian with positivity and confidence is a very odd feeling indeed. If you simply go back a few games’ time and read those corresponding words that I’m writing right now, I, like the rest of us, was pretty hopeless.
However, a comfortable 3-0 win over Cardiff, and triumph in the World Cup Final 0-0 over Liverpool has restored the faith for many of us. With pushes being made recently to restore the atmosphere back inside Goodison, and with those efforts being intensified over the last two weeks from what I’ve heard, it looks like L4 is going to be a good place to be once again.
This week it’s Newcastle, and there wouldn’t be a thing much more Everton than a convincing loss to a side such as theirs, after excellent results and an upturn in form over the last couple of weeks.
Here is how I would line Everton up…
GK- Jordan Pickford
A redemption arc that seems to have come to its end against the very side that started a complete downturn in form, it looks like Pickford is back to his best.
RB- Jonjoe Kenny
Seamus Coleman was absolutely superb last time out against Liverpool, however the situation remains that he is not the right-back of the future for Everton, and to see if it will save us a bit of money in the summer, it’s worth seeing if Jonjoe Kenny can be.
CB- Michael Keane
No need to mess with a central defensive pairing that has conceded zero goals in 180 minutes.
CB- Kurt Zouma
Read: Michael Keane
(Disclaimer: I’m telling you to read the previous slide, this is not a new website on our network dedicated to Mr Keane.)
LB - Lucas Digne
Lucas Digne, as the season begins its twilight gameweeks, has a real chance to make a run at the PFA Team of the Year, as for my money, there hasn’t been a better full-back in the Premier League this season.
CM- Idrissa Gana Gueye
It’s very hard to suggest any changes to a team that put in one of the better perfomances of the season, especially defensively, and Gana was a huge part of that.
CM- Morgan Schneiderlin
I’m yet hesitant to say that Morgan may have revived his Everton career, but if he can keep up his current form, then there is a definite chance that he can be in and around the team going into next season, which is incredible given where he was only a few months ago.
AM- Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi Sigurdsson is most definitely Mr Silva’s preferred choice through the middle, and while I would still like to see Bernard be given a chance in that role, Gylfi’s performances over the last two weeks have more than warranted his inclusion.
As much as Theo Walcott’s criticism is unwarranted, it is time we settled on a pair of wingers who are going to be key parts of Mr Silva’s plans going into next year, and I can’t imagine that Walcott features prominently in those plans.
Richarlison on the other hand most definitely does.
Bernard is coming into his own, slowly. We can obviously all see the glimpses of a genuinely incredible player under a layer thus far of indecisiveness and hesitation.
When in stride, he is impossible to deal with, and had Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold sweating bullets for the entire 90 minutes last weekend.
ST- Dominic Calvert-Lewin
DCL is another who has something to prove until the summer. However, winning the starting role as Everton’s #9 is a tremendous task in comparison to the starting right-back or left-wing role. It is a storied position, and one that in the wider environment of modern football, is crucial to get right.