Two changes in Koeman 4-2-3-1: Everton best possible XI to face Sunderland
COMMENT By Alex Taylor
Everton should make two changes from the side that beat Stoke 1-0 before the international break against Sunderland on Monday evening.
Former West Ham striker Enner Valencia should come in for Kevin Mirallas while Mason Holgate should make way for the returning Seamus Coleman in defence.
Valenica, 26, joined the Merseyside outfit from the Hammers this summer on a season-long loan and should now be given his full debut in a blue shirt.
The Ecuador international will have to fill-in on the right-hand side as last season’s top-scorer Romelu Lulaku should lead the line.
Lukaku bagged 25 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last term and is the main weapon at the disposal of Ronald Koeman.
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Everton’s chief goal-threat should be supported by Ross Barkley playing in a number 10 role.
The youngster has the ability to break down Sunderland’s shaky defence with his quick feet, incisive passing and long-range shooting ability.
Yannick Bolasie deserves to begin the match on the left side of the attacking four.
The tricky forward is yet to bag a goal for his new side but with plenty of pace and extreme upper-body strength, Bolasie represents one of Koeman’s most lethal attacking threats.
In-behind the forward line the Everton boss should employ the defensive shields of Gareth Barry and Idrissia Gueye.
The pair have only just begun their new partnership in central-midfield but with the experience and passing ability of Barry fused with Gueye’s energy and tackling strengths, it could be a crucial combination for the Toffees this season.
Former Swansea stalwart Ashley Williams and long-term Evertonian Phil Jagielka should form the core of the Blues defence while Seamus Coleman must be rushed back from an ankle injury to sure up the right-flank.
Leighton Baines’ strong defensive work and his set-piece ability means he too should start Monday evenings Premier League clash in front of new number one keeper Maarten Stekelenburg in goal.