Exclusive: Everton tipped for tactical switch v Leeds after two huge blows - pundit
Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped Everton to ditch the five-man defence when they host Leeds United on Saturday after a shattering double blow.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker also called on Carlo Ancelotti not to play Alex Iwobi at right-wing back.
The Toffees switched from a back four last weekend against the Cottagers and raced into a 3-1 lead at half-time before a nervy second-half where they narrowly saw out a 3-2 victory.
Iwobi, 24, and Lucas Digne operated in wing-back roles with Ben Godfrey, Michael Keane and Yerry Mina selected at the heart of defence.
Ancelotti confirmed on Friday Digne will be out for up to three months after suffering an ankle injury in training and club captain Seamus Coleman will also miss the visit of Leeds.
Asked by Football Insider whether Iwobi could retain his right-wing back position in the absence of Coleman, Agbonlahor said: “Not for me.
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“Whatever happened in that game was because they played a very poor Fulham side who really struggled in the game until the latter stages.
“I will judge Iwobi and that Everton formation against Leeds.
“You saw in the last 25, 30 minutes they were under the cosh against Fulham.
“If you’re playing against a better side you get punished for that. It was more to do with a poor Fulham side than an Everton good performance.
“Iwobi did well but put him in that position against where Rodriguez is not tracking back and you’re playing against Leeds who are playing with flying wingers then Iwobi will be outnumbered.
“Everton would be in massive trouble. That formation with that personnel would only work against a Fulham, you wouldn’t play that against Leeds.”