By Alex McLeish

27th Jul, 2021 | 8:00pm

Ex-manager suggests Benitez is overseeing Everton exodus after two deals agreed

Alex McLeish has suggested Rafael Benitez may offload some attackers at Everton after signing Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there are always “coming and goings” when a new manager takes charge.

Everton confirmed the capture of both Townsend, on a free transfer, and Gray, from Bayer Leverkusen, last week.

The likes of James Rodriguez, Alex Iwobi, Anthony Gordon and Richarlison can also play out wide.

McLeish suggested the two new arrivals could point to a shakeup of tactics from Benitez ahead of the new season.

However, he also mooted possible exits could be on the cards before the window closes.

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“There’s no doubt about it, when a new manager comes in there’s comings and goings,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“Benitez will be looking at a strategy of who he wants to play. What road he wants to go down in terms of attacking wing-backs or attacking full-backs.

“Is he going to play a four, is he going to play a five? Is he going to be adaptable? I suggest a bit of a lot of these things.

“Certainly, the interest in a lot of these wingers, it seems to be pretty high up on his agenda.”

Of Everton’s wing options last season, Richarlison featured the most with 40 appearances across all competitions.

Iwobi played 36 times while Rodriguez managed to 26 times during his first season at Goodison Park.

In other news, Jordan Pickford will be “delighted” amid “outstanding” Everton transfer news.