Dream Everton Lineup For 2017/18 Season Featuring New Arrivals
Ronald Koeman has been the busiest managers since the end of the previous season but it is understandable because he is set to lose his top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku this summer as the Belgian has rejected a contract offer from the Merseysiders. But the manager is looking to make enough addition to the squad to cover up the loss and has so far done a decent job.
Everton have already signed Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, and are close to finishing a couple of other signings as well. But how will they line up next season? Here is Everton’s dream lineup, for what could be a huge season at the Goodison Park.
Ronald Koeman used a 4-3-3 last season with Lukaku’s creativity to call to but he might have to move to a 4-2-3-1 next season to get the best out of his side.
Former Sunderland star Jordan Pickford will be the first choice for Koeman next season and he should start in goal for Everton. Mason Holgate has done a decent job at right-back and might keep his place in the side until Seamus Coleman returns from injury. Koeman may yet look to find a solution and a backup if he is left with enough funds near the end of the transfer window.
Leighton Baines should keep his place at left-back while Ashley Williams is expected to start at centre back next season. Michael Keane has signed for the Toffees and should partner Williams at the back to complete a more-secure backline for Everton.
While Morgan Schneiderlin is a sure starter for the club, Idrissa Gueye might yet get some competition next season for his position as a part of the midfield duo.
While Davy Klaassen is versatile and can play anywhere in the front-line, Koeman is expected to field him as a number 10, which is his preferred position. This will give the former Ajax man a comfort zone to dwell in next season.
Everton have reportedly completed the signing of Sandro Ramirez from Malaga for £5.25m. He is expected to start as the lone striker next season. Everton are also looking at Olivier Giroud and Moussa Dembele. It is to be seen if Koeman looks at them as first-choice options, as both of them are far too better than Sandro Ramirez.
Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley handled the wings last season while Yannick Bolasie was injured for most of it. Barkley has not signed a contract extension but he is a genuine match-winner and Koeman might look to keep him for the challenges ahead. However, he might even look to add another winger, who could walk into the first team.
Here is how Everton might line up: