Confirmed Everton line-up v Leicester: Barkley axed in four changes
By Dominic Toner
Everton have made four changes to their starting XI against Leicester in the Premier League.
Ronald Koeman has decided to bring in Joel Robles, Mason Holgate, Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas to the team.
Maarten Stekelenburg, James McCarthy, Enner Valencia and Ross Barkley have dropped out.
Everton have announced their starting XI on their official Twitter account.
— Everton (@Everton) December 26, 2016
Barkley has been left out by Koeman against the reigning Premier League champions and he has been under-fire for his performances this season.
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The 23-year-old has struggled in the Everton midfield recently and many supporters feel is failing to live up to expectations.
Everton will be looking to bounce back from their Merseyside derby defeat to Liverpool in their last game, when Sadio Mane scored a late goal to earn a 1-0 win for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
The Toffees have looked strong at Goodison Park in the Premier League this season, but have struggled away from home on several occasions.
Everton should be pleased that Leicester forward Jamie Vardy is ruled out as he serves his one-game suspension and the defenders will not have to handle his speed.
In other Everton team news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the club’s match against Leicester.