Deulofeu and Mirallas axed in Koeman 4-2-3-1: Best possible Everton XI after window
COMMENT by Alex Taylor
Enner Valencia looks likely to come straight into the Everton first team after completing his deadline day move from West Ham.
The 26-year-old forward has moved on a season-long loan, with the option of a permanent £14.5m move next summer.
Ronald Koeman will be looking to include Valencia in his starting XI as soon as possible, but not at the expense of star striker Romelu Lukaku.
It seems most plausible that the Ecuadorian attacker will slot in on the right-hand-side of the Toffees’ front-line, at the expense of inconsistent pair Kevin Mirallas and Gerard Deulofeu, who have both begun the season in the team.
Fellow summer singing Yannick Bolasie also seems likely to start and will operate on the left-flank while Ross Barkley will slot in behind spearhead Lukaku.
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Idrissa Gueye has made a positive start to life in Merseyside since completing his summer move from relegated Aston Villa and could quickly become integral to Koeman’s side.
He will act as a shield alongside Gareth Barry at the core of the Everton midfield and has been likened to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante for his hard work and strong tackling ability.
Leighton Baines’ experience and set-piece ability will mean he retains his place at left-back despite the emergence of youngster Brendan Galloway last season.
Another new singing in Ashley WIlliams will start too, he will act as a direct replacement for the departing John Stones and after featuring in 36 Premier League matches last season, could become the rock on which Koeman builds his new Everton side.
Toffee regular Phili Jagielka will partner Williams in central-defence with Séamus Coleman taking his usual position at right-back.
New goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has made an impressive start to life at his new club and may now have leap-frogged Joel Robles as Goodison Park’s number one goalkeeper.
In other Everton team news, Aidy McGeady has joined Preston on a season-long loan, it was announced on Wednesday night.