Opinion: Zouma must start for Everton in Manchester City clash

Opinion: Zouma must start for Everton in Manchester City clash

Everton face a tough task in trying to get back to winning ways following their disappointing 2-2 draw with Watford when they take on Manchester City in the Premier League at the Etihad this Saturday. 

Despite initially taking the lead thanks to a first-half Richarlison strike, the Toffees quickly found themselves 2-1 down before a free-kick brilliantly dispatched by Lucas Digne deep into stoppage time levelled things up and ensured they ended the game with a point.

And manager Marco Silva will now have to muster up the complete game plan if Everton are to at least gain that when they make the trip to Manchester, a game plan that should include a change at the back as its basis.

Against Watford, neither Yerry Mina or Michael Keane looked convincing with the former lucky not to have been sent off. And while the duo have been impressive in most of the games they have featured in this season, Silva cannot afford to keep Zouma out of the starting XI regularly.

Compared to Keane, the Frenchman is a much better defender in practically every area. He is better in the air, a stronger tackler and more efficient went it comes to having to make ball recoveries.

Going forward, Zouma’s inclusion in the side is a must if Everton are to become a defensively solid outfit.

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