Koeman needs to field this Everton defence in the starting XI against West Ham on Saturday

Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern have been arguing with our landlord over whether their side can make a late bid for the Champions League spots.

Ronald Koeman’s side are unbeaten in their last three games but injuries striking at the wrong time and recent defeats to high flying Tottenham and arch rivals, Liverpool, have ensured that the Toffees have remained in seventh place in the Premier League.

Our landlord has lamented the luck of Ronald Koeman’s side which has seen major problems occur in his defence and although his side have the fifth best defence in the Premier League, the performances they have put up against opposition with more quality has really stifled the Toffees’ progress.

With that said, our resident Everton punters in the Tavern feel this season has been a good starting point for Koeman’s era in charge of their club and they are already excited to see what next season brings. The main attraction is the form of the youth produced by the club which has really staked a claim for first team spots.

The young players that have impressed our landlord include defenders Matthew Pennington and Mason Holgate and whilst putting together the potential defence for the game against West Ham on Saturday, it’s fair to say that these two players have crossed his mind.

Let’s take a look at the defence our landlord believes should start for the Toffees on Saturday…

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