How Everton should line up against Leicester - Marco Silva's striker conundrum; ECHO writers put themselves in Marco Silva's shoes ahead of the clash at the King Power Stadium.
Byline: Phil Kirkbride
Phil Kirkbride: The striker's shirt at Everton doesn't seem to fit anyone well at the moment.
Cenk Tosun, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse have all failed to stake a claim in recent weeks and it's why Silva needs to give Richarlison a try up front.
Evertonhave looked a threat away from home this season and by bringing in Bernard on the left, and pushing Richarlison inside,they can cause Leicesterall sorts of problems.
My team (4-2-3-1): Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Davies, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, Bernard
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Adam Jones: The performance in midweek was not good, as was the team selection.
So, after that, it's clear that another raft of changes are needed to knock this side back into shape.
Essentially, I would go back to the team that started the match against Fulham, as much as the temptation to bring Bernard into the line-up is certainly there.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin should get another chance to prove himself up front, his hard-work and pace should cause the Leicester defence issues - and he should be flanked by Richarlison and Theo Walcott.
Gylfi Sigurdsson was certainly missed against Southampton so he should be re-introduced, while Tom Davies and Idrissa Gueye are currently the best fit options in midfield.
The defence picks itself with all of Lucas Digne, Kurt Zouma, Michael Keane and Jonjoe Kenny in good form going into this one - and do you even need to ask who's in goal?
My team (4-3-3): Pickford; Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gueye Davies, Sigurdsson; Walcott, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
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I didn't think I'd be writing that after last weekend's win over Fulham, either.
Marco Silva, despite his public claims, will know that he's scored an own goal by rotating so heavily against Southampton in midweek - and he has to put that right at Leicester.
Ironically, however, he'll be forced to ring the changes once more if the Blues are to look anything like their full-strength selves.
Putting myself into the shoes of the boss, Jordan Pickford and Lucas Digne would both return to the defence replacing Maarten Stekelenburg and Leighton Baines respectively.
Tom Davies continues with the armband in midfield, but both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Idrissa Gana Gueye are shoo-ins after Kieran Dowell and Morgan Schneiderlin failed in their Carabao Cup audition.
The biggest head-scratcher is the centre-forward conundrum.
Everton have looked blunt this season - and last - with Silva yet to find the right formula with his front three.
The answer to all this will hopefully be Bernard.
With Richarlison impressing out wide, I'd utilise the pace of Theo Walcott down the middle and allow the two Brazilian stars to flank the former Arsenal man.
Everton (4-3-3): Pickford, Kenny, Zouma, Keane, Digne, Gueye, Davies, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Walcott, Richarlison
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|Publication:||Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Oct 6, 2018|
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