Rafa Benitez is set to begin his era in Blue within 10 days. He had his ups and downs with Newcastle, but it was under his reign Newcastle found their feet in the Premier League. Everton has spent 536.5 million pounds in the last 5 years. Unfortunately, their spending is not enough to end their trophies cabinet drought. With Rafa, Everton will look to fill their cabinet with trophies.
Everton has a squad that could potentially challenge for titles. This is how they can line up for the upcoming season:-
Formation 4-2-3-1 and Tactics
Jordan Pickford: After a string of stunning Euro 2020 performances Pickford most probably will keep his position as the number 1 keeper. Everton has brought in Asmir Begovic which could be seen as a backup for Pickford.
(LB) Lucas Digne: Digne has been one of the most consistent performers for Everton. As a left back he has made his mark in the Premier League. On attacking as well as defensive front Benitez will be relying on Digne.
(CB) Ben Godfrey: A young English defender still to reach the peak of his career. Godfrey was one of the most used and consistent players under Carlo Ancelotti. Godfrey enjoys a fair amount of pace which is crucial for central defenders in modern day football.
(CB) Yerry Mina: Former Barcelona player, Yerry Mina is expected to keep his spot in the starting line-up. Physically strong on the ground as well as in the air gives him an advantage against his opponents especially in set-pieces.
(RB) Mason Holgate: Since Seamus Coleman is reaching the climax of his career Holgate will be a key player on the right back position. Rafa won’t be indulged in overusing Coleman due to his injury problem and age.
(CDM) Allan: The Brazilian centre-midfielder was a key player under Ancelotti. A wall before defence and creating link-up play at the attacking front, it won’t be a surprise to see him retain his position.
(CDM) Abdoulaye Doucoure: Along with Allan Doucoure is a strong player in the mid-field. He will be an important asset while controlling the possession play.
(LM) Demarai Gray: Making his Premier League return from Bundesliga, Gray will be willing to make his mark on the English League once again. With his pace, he can get past any player on his will. On that left side, Gray will be giving nightmares to his opposition.
(CAM) Gylfi Sigurdsson: After gaining back the trust of Ancelotti, Gylfi has shown his quality again and again. With his experience, he will be providing key passes to the striker. In terms of chance creation and goal scoring Gylfi will be at the heart of it.
(RM) Richarlison: A consistent performer for Everton. A deadly finisher and chance creator, Richarlison will be keeping his spot on the attacking front.
(ST) Dominic Calvert Lewin: After a breakout season, the English striker will be keen on keeping his hot form running. Everton is not being linked with any striker. So there are chances Rafa will be backing Dominic Calvert Lewin will keep his place in the starting eleven.
Rafa Benitez prefers a 4-2-3-1 formation which he can turn into 4-3-3 or 5-4-1. Rafa likes his team to maintain their shape throughout the game. This was evident at Newcastle. His formation setup allows his team to maintain shape and attack quickly. Attacking at a quick pace is possible while the other team loses possession. It won’t be a surprise if Counter attacking football turns out to be a major source of goal for Everton this season.
Possible transfer replacements
Gylfi Sigurdsson for Aaron Ramsey: Unsettled in Turin, former Arsenal player is looking to make his way out of the Italian League. As of now, he is most likely to sign with the Toffees. Ramsey has not shown his true ability while playing for The Old Lady. A move back to the Premier League may turn out to be a key for unlocking his potential once again.
Dumfries for Mason Holgate: Everton is currently short in manpower on the right side of defence. Holgate and Seamus Coleman may not turn out to be permanent solutions. Considering Coleman’s injury record Holgate will lack competition on the right side. With Dumfries, Everton can build a strong defence. Dumfries may be the missing piece of the puzzle that Everton has been looking for.
Richarlison: Brazilian winger or striker didn’t have a season he could look back upon. With 7 goals and 3 assists, Richarlison couldn’t live up to his potential unlike other seasons. However, under Benitez, the Brazilian striker will be looking to revitalize his form after a phenomenal World Cup campaign.
Dominic Calvert Lewin: with 16 goals and 3 assists DMC has started to show his true shades as a striker. Dominic can expect more chances to lie in front of him. As an isolated striker, DMC will find himself in front of goal more than his teammates.
Dominic Calvert Lewin