Barkley axed in Koeman 4-2-3-1: Everton best possible XI to face Burnley
By Amir Mir
Ronald Koeman must start Enner Valencia when Everton travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
West Ham loanee Valencia has not started a league game this term, but must be brought into the starting fold for the Burnley clash.
The versatile attacker should replace Tom Cleverley in the only change for the Toffees for their weekend clash.
That means there should be no place for the out-of-form Ross Barkley, who needs to prove himself from the bench, before he is picked for a starting place again.
Sean Dyche’s men will provide a strong defensive display at home, but Valencia’s added pace and strength to the club’s attacking line would unlock their tough and rigid defensive line.
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Striker Romelu Lukaku needs to continue up front, after his impressive goal and display against leaders City at the Etihad.
Additionally, Koeman must stick with the wide men of Yannick Bolasie and Gerard Deulofeu as their pace and quick feet will cause Burnley problems.
Midfield duo Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye have formed an impressive partnership in the middle of the park, so must start at the weekend.
Koeman’s side have conceded only six goals in eight games this term and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg proved why that was when he saved two penalties against City, so he must start.
Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka have played a huge part in their strong defensive displays, so they need to start, with Seamus Coleman and Brian Oviedo in the full-back positions.
In other Everton team news, supporters shared their sympathies to former Toffees defender Alan Stubbs after he was sacked by Rotherham.