Pre-season rolls on and we have had some indication of what’s going to be happening in the closing stages of the transfer window.
Marco Silva has suggested that he wants his squad in place sooner rather than later, meaning the next two weeks could be very busy at Finch Farm.
First, though, Marcel Brands has his work cut out in offloading the deadwood from the squad, so much that Everton could fill a forest.
There are as many as seven players from last game’s outing at Monaco that may well find themselves elsewhere come our visit to Selhurst Park.
However, it would be silly to suggest that we only need rid of players, as we desperately need incomings. We are a weaker squad than last season, losing one half of our starting central defensive partnership and adding only a backup goalkeeper and a squad-depth central midfielder.
The team could be looking very different after the deadline, but for now, here is what it may look like against Wigan:
GK - Jordan Pickford
Not that a goalkeeper needs to build up reps as much as the rest of the squad does, but it is time for Jordan to start playing the 90 minutes regularly again.
RB - Seamus Coleman
Needing a cover right back, it looks like Seamus will have to play out the 90 tomorrow evening.
CB - Michael Keane
Michael is the best centre-back at the club and like Jordan, it’s time he got back into the swing of it with 90 minutes of football.
CB - Lewis Gibson
Yerry Mina has only recently joined up with the squad, but expect to see him at some point. There may also be an appearance from Mason Holgate.
LB - Lucas Digne
Played the 90 minutes against Monaco, so expect to see Leighton Baines at some point during tomorrow night’s fixture.
CM - Morgan Schneiderlin
Perhaps Morgan Schneiderlin will be staying after all, and after his conclusion to last season’s campaign, I can’t imagine many of us will be disappointed.
Expect to see Beni Baningime or Denis Adeniran at some point tomorrow.
CM - Andre Gomes
Andre has struggled at times during pre-season, but I think we’re all just glad to still have him.
Tom Davies will make an appearance at some point.
CAM - Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi still has to win me over this season, a priority I’m sure is at the top of his list of goals coming into the campaign.
RW - Theo Walcott
I’m very much pro-Theo Walcott and I believe he is still a very good player and most certainly an option for the Blues we are lucky to have.
Bernard will make an appearance.
LW - Nathan Broadhead
Nathan Broadhead has been the standout performer in the pre-season campaign. He has held his own amongst our more established players.
Kevin Mirallas will probably show up.
ST - Oumar Niasse
Oumar has been the striker of necessity this pre-season, not of choice.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has recently returned, but he cannot come back quickly enough into this side.