29-year-old must start after Koeman axe: Best possible Everton XI to face Swansea
By Will Butcher
Ronald Koeman will give his Everton side the best chance of securing three points against Swansea on Saturday by starting Kevin Mirallas.
The 29-year-old was dropped from the Toffees side to face Chelsea on Sunday, as Koeman instead decided to start West Ham loanee Enner Valencia out wide.
Koeman’s side suffered a huge 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park to Antonio Conte’s side, with Ecuador international Valencia failing to provide any kind of impact throughout the match.
With Mirallas coming into the side, Valencia should drop to the substitutes’ bench – keeping faith in Dom Calvert-Lewin could prove dividends after the youngster signed a new deal in the week.
Morgan Schneiderlin, Aaron Lennon, Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy all remain sidelined for Saturday’s showdown at the Liberty Stadium.
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Belgium international and former Olympiakos star Mirallas should start on the right flank, as he and Calvert-Lewin look to provide ammunition to the Premier League’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku.
Mirallas’ international teammate has been in enigmatic form of late, scoring 24 goals and he should add to that on Saturday against a leaky Swans defence.
In midfield, Idrissa Gueye continues to prove that director of football Steve Walsh knows what he is talking about, after signing in the summer from Aston Villa for just £7million.
The effervescent midfielder will start over Gareth Barry at the base of the midfield, allowing academy products Tom Davies and Ross Barkley to join the attack.
With Funes Mori and Coleman still out with long-term injuries, youngster Holgate will look to continue his impressive birth into the first team alongside experienced trio Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams.
Maarten Stekelenburg has shown more goalkeeping maturity in his last two games than Robles has done for the majority of the season, and he remains between the sticks over the Spaniard.