For the first time in a while, there is positivity at Everton this season.
The Toffees won their first game against Tottenham, the first time they have beaten a side from one of the traditional big six away from home in 41 matches, and they have been busy during the summer transfer window, bringing in Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez.
Paired with Carlo Ancelotti, they should be looking to earn a European spot this summer, but perhaps an even more realistic chance of success is in the cups. That, therefore, makes Ancelotti’s starting XI for the first match of the League Cup, against Salford City on Wednesday, interesting.
Here, we try to pick his side for the match, including seven changes from the Spurs game.
In goal, Jordan Pickford should start. Ancelotti will want some semblance of continuity in a team that will likely see plenty of changes, and after keeping a clean sheet against Spurs last weekend, the England international will be hoping to build on that solid start.
The defence could see a few changes. Yerry Mina should keep his place, but youngster Jarrad Branthwaite could come in. New signing Niels Nkounkou and Jonjoe Kenny, who returns from his loan at Schalke, could also be named.
The midfield should also be mixed up. Doucoure should retain his place, but Gylfi Sigurdsson and Tom Davies could be given the chance to prove themselves here.
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After making just 14 appearances for Real Madrid last season, £28.8m-valued James – as per Transfermarkt – is in need of match fitness, and could therefore be included from the off once again. On the left and up front, Bernard and Moise Kean could be named respectively as they look to show the boss that they still have that it takes to play big roles for the Toffees this term.
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