Everton have been dealt a major blow as reports confirm that Lucas Digne is set for a spell on the sidelines. The left-back picked up an ankle injury during training and will require ligament surgery. The Blues must now come up with a new tactic as they prepare to host Leeds at Goodison Park this evening.
For Carlo Ancelotti, this is a mammoth set-back, but Leeds could capitalise on what will surely be a weakened area of the Italian’s squad.
With the France international out of action and captain Seamus Coleman also sidelined with a reported thigh injury, Everton have major concerns regarding their defence. Summer signing Ben Godfrey started against Fulham last time out, but Ancelotti will be wary of the threat posed by Patrick Bamford.
If he wants to revert to a four at the back, his options are very slim. He could choose to deploy out of favour Jonjoe Kenny, who is naturally a right-back, or hand a huge opportunity to 20-year-old Niels Nkounkou.
Whichever option he chooses, the Toffees’ left-hand side of their defence is going to be hugely weakened. This is the perfect chance for Helder Costa to lace up his shooting boots and really cause a problem for the Merseysiders.
The £10million-rated winger joined Leeds permanently this summer after enjoying a loan spell last season from Wolves. Many were torn over whether the club should bring the Portugal international to Elland Road full-time. The Talking Shutt podcast hosts discussed whether Costa would be a good signing last year and said that he would be “worth taking a gamble on”.
The winger has already contributed to four Leeds goals in eight Premier League appearances. He is behind only Bamford and could have a big chance to extend his tally against Everton later today.