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28th Dec, 2016 | 6:00pm

Attacking flop omitted: Everton best possible XI to face Hull

By Emma Sanders

Everton should make one change to the side which defeated Leicester 2-0 when they take on Hull at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday evening.

Ross Barkley should come in for Mason Holgate but attacker Gerard Deulofeu should be omitted due to his continuing form struggles.

Barkley came on as a second-half substitute during the victory over the league champions but he should be given his 15th start of the season.

He has come under criticism for his performances this season but against Hull, Barkley should be able to express himself and could be a threat if he delivers the creativity he has been known to produce when at his best.

Barkley’s return would mean Holgate must make way as Koeman reverts to his preferred back four but Deulofeu has not yet warranted a place in the starting XI.

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Instead, Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas should be given the nod because they have performed well in attack in recent weeks and the Belgian was on the score-sheet for the clash against Leicester.

Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori have become a regular partnership at centre-back so should retain their places and so should stand-in goalkeeper Joel Robles, as Maarten Stekelenburg continues to recover from injury.

Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman are both strong selections at left-back and right-back respectively.

In other Everton news, Robles reveals his role in the win against Leicester.