How Everton could line up with Ante Rebic in the team next season
According to reports, Everton are keeping tabs on Croatian attacker Ante Rebic. Rebic’s performances in Russia have been impressive as he has played an important role in helping Croatia win their World Cup group for the first time with a 100% record. He opened the scoring for his nation during their shock 3-0 win over Argentina last week.
The 24-year-old netted 9 goals across all competitions for Frankfurt last season, including a stunning brace in their German Cup final victory over Bayern Munich in May.
Frankfurt, who signed Rebic on loan from Fiorentina last summer, have activated their option to buy the player from the Italian outfit this summer.
But the German club are reportedly bracing themselves for offers and could be enticed to sell Rebic for a profit after the World Cup. And should Everton succeed in signing the Croatian, here is how they could line up next season.
Everton Dream XI featuring Ante Rebic
Manager: Marco Silva
Jordan Pickford (GK)
Pickford was one of the very few names to emerge with some credit, following Everton’s underwhelming campaign last season. He was excellent in his debut season at Goodison Park and is currently England’s first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup.
Seamus Coleman (RB)
Coleman was sidelined for almost a year after a horrific leg injury. The Republic of Ireland international returned to action in the second half of the 2017/18 season and put in several impressive performances.
Michael Keane (CB)
Keane had an ordinary debut season with Everton, following his move from Burnley last summer. He looked sloppy and indecisive at times and even lost his place in the first XI for a brief time under then manager Sam Allardyce. Now with Marco Silva at helm, the Portuguese boss is expected to give Keane a fresh chance to prove his worth next season.
Juanpe Ramirez (CB)
According to reports from Spain, Everton are interested in signing Girona centre-back Ramirez. The Spaniard really impressed last season with his performances and he would be a solid player to partner Keane in defence.
Everton are reportedly targeting Bayer Leverkusen left-back Wendell to replace the ageing Leighton Baines. Pacey and agile, Wendell could be a solid long-term replacement for Baines, who is attracting interest from Major League Soccer.
Morgan Schneiderlin (CM)
Schneiderlin endured an underwhelming campaign last term. However, the Frenchman improved towards the end of the season and Silva should give him another chance.
Idrissa Gueye (CM)
Gueye also couldn’t do much for the Toffees last season. However, he was in good form for Senegal at the World Cup and should start for Everton next term.
Theo Walcott (RW)
Walcott proved to be an excellent piece of business by Everton. His January move from Arsenal galvanized the Toffees and helped them to finish in a respectable eighth spot.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (CAM)
Sigurdsson failed to live up to his billing at Goodison Park last season. However, he is expected to deliver next term under Silva after playing well for Iceland at the World Cup.
Ante Rebic (LW)
Rebic could be a fantastic acquisition for Everton as he would bring pace and power to the side. A constant goal-threat, the Croatian would surely improve Silva’s side and give the club a different dimension going forward.
Cenk Tosun (ST)
Tosun joined Everton from Turkish giants Besiktas in the January transfer window and scored five goals in 12 Premier League starts. With a proper pre-season under his belt, the striker could flourish in the 2018/19 campaign.