Well, it will certainly be interesting to see how Marco Silva sets out his side today, won’t it? Everton face Newcastle United at St. James’ Park this afternoon and if the last team selection is anything to go off, the Goodison faithful could be in for a few surprises.
In the Merseyside derby, Silva opted to make some bold decisions including starting Morgan Schneiderlin and leaving Richarlison on the bench in favour of Theo Walcott. These choices, thankfully for the boss, paid off as Everton took a point from the game, even when they could have had two more, and prevented their rivals from returning to the top of the Premier League table.
Whether he chooses to try and mix up the personnel in an attempt to catch Rafa Benitez off-guard, that is yet to be seen, however, he should make sure that one player drops to the bench, with another coming back into the starting 11 to give them the best chance of winning in the North East…
Bench Theo Walcott
Walcott started on the right-wing against Liverpool last weekend and despite getting into good positions, he could not make the most of the opportunities he had.
The 29-year-old was brought off on the hour mark for Richarlison after lacking an attacking output. But that happens too frequently for a player whose inclusion left the Brazillian on the bench and will have contributed to Ademola Lookman not even getting in the squad.
Walcott has just three goals and two assists in 28 games in the League and has been ineffective too frequently this season, which is not really impressive enough to warrant a place over the two aforementioned names.
When starting, Richarlison can grow into the game and therefore, be much more of a potent attacking threat. Silva should certainly reinstate the 21-year-old in the starting 11 and hope that beginning the derby on the bench will act as motivation for Richarlison to prove himself and that he can perform to a high level consistently.
Whichever wing he starts on, he will be sure to cause problems for Newcastle’s backline throughout the game. Given his eye for goal and ability to create something out of nothing, Richarlison will be looking to add to his 10 goals and two assists in the League so far this season and if he can kick on from this, it could prove to be a stroke of brilliance man-management wise from Silva.