Three starlets to start in Koeman 4-2-3-1: This Everton XI would beat Norwich
By Amir Mir
Ronald Koeman can continue Everton’s positive start to the season by fielding a mixture of youth and experience to secure victory in their EFL third round tie against Norwich on Tuesday night.
Youngsters Liam Walsh, Tyias Browning and Mason Holgate should start among the club’s senior performers who have taken the Toffees to second place in the Premier League.
Midfielder Walsh penned a new contract in September, with the 19-year-old regularly training with the first-team having made an impression on Koeman.
The box-to-box midfielder should start alongside the energetic, and in-form Idrissa Gueye, as both their styles will complement one another in the middle of the park.
Additionally, right-back Holgate who has made three appearances in the league this term, should start ahead of Seamus Coleman to build competition at the back.
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Centre-back Browning should start alongside experienced defender Ashley Williams, with Brian Oviedo on the left-hand side to build a strong defensive line against high-flying Norwich, who have scored 13 goals in eight Championship games.
In attack Koeman must look to start Ross Barkley in behind Kone, with the duo producing three of the Toffees four goals during their previous round win over Yeovil.
Gerard Deulofeu and Yannick Bolasie should start out wide, with both wingers able to interchange and cause Alex Neil’s side various problems with their speed and trickery.
In between the sticks Koeman should give senior keeper Joel Robles a chance to impress this season, ahead of first-team starter Marten Stekelenburg who was at fault for Everton conceding the opening goal in their 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough on Saturday.
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