Michael Brown has made a rather big claim that Lucas Digne will not be missed for Everton when they play Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Leeds midfielder believes that the Toffees will cope without the France international at St James’ Park, saying:
“Lucas Digne, the 72nd minute, so you can’t say that affected everything but they’ll be disappointed with it.
“I still think it’s not too bad, with where they’re at, I think everyone would take the position Everton in. Yes, there’s some uncertainty and you miss players but that happens, that’s normal.
“You would have expected Everton to have gone and done better against Southampton – a Southampton side that have leaked goals and are inconsistent.
“It’s a game where they can certainly go and set the tone, you wouldn’t be surprised if they go and do well at Newcastle.”
Digne got sent off at Southampton
Indeed, Digne received a straight red card for a foul on Kyle Walker-Peters as the Merseysiders lost 2-0 at St Mary’s last weekend.
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The 27-year old has since had his ban reduced to one game from the initial three, but it still means he will miss the next match away at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.
Will Digne be a miss against Newcastle?
Indeed, Digne may well be a big miss to Carlo Ancelotti’s team for their game against the Magpies.
The left-back has won a quite impressive 4.8 of his duels per game in the Premier League so far this season and has also averaged 3.5 clearances, 1.8 tackles, 1.8 key passes and one interception per match (Sofascore).
However, his absence from the side may give Niels Nkounkou a chance to impress for the Toffees, and if he is able to slot right in, the Blues may not have that many problems as Brown suggests.
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