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4-3-3… The big money Everton XI Koeman could build after Lukaku & Stones sale

The appointment of Ronald Koeman at Everton has brought with it a dose of excitement amongst  the Everton faithful.

Koeman did a fantastic job with Southampton, improving the side year-on-year despite selling big names, and consolidating their position in the Premier League.

Conversely, Roberto Martinez saw his side slip down the table during his tenure in charge of Everton, failing to get the best out of his stars and seeing his side get worse year-on-year.

Foeman’s appointment is expected to bring change at his new side, but not before a dose of familiarity for the ex-Southampton boss. Both Romelu Lukaku and John Stones are both expected to be sold this summer for big money, leaving Everton with a gaping hole in their first team – but with a huge boost to the sides bank account.

As a result, you would expect that the side will dip into the transfer market in the coming weeks and attempt to pump some of that money right back into the side.

With that, this BIG MONEY 4-3-3 Everton XI that Ronald Koeman could build might just be unstoppable…

GK: Marteen Stekelenburg

Maarten Stekelenburg

Martin Stekelenburg was Koeman’s first signing as Everton boss, with the Dutch keeper a veteran between the sticks.

He seems a shoe in to get the nod ahead of Roubles next season, with the new keeper possessing a wealth of experience and knowledge, whilst he is also familiar with Foeman’s methods.

A well versed, experienced keeper; a great way to start.

RB: Seamus Coleman

Seamus Coleman

Probably the easiest slot to fill in this whole team; and he’s one of their own.

Seamus Coleman has been one of Everton’s stand out stars in recent years, and is a shoe in to continue his dominance on the right hand side of the defence.

Strong both offensively and defensively; he really is the complete full back – and Everton have done great business by holding onto him.

CB: Ashley Williams/Mateo Musacchio

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The first change in this new look Everton side comes at the back, with the club seemingly keen to replace the imminent departed John Stones.

The club have reportedly enquired about Valencia centre back Mateo Musacchio, whilst Sky Sports have confirmed that a bid has been put in for Swansea captain Ashley Williams.

Both stars would come at a high cost; but both defenders are absolute stalwarts.

A worthy, and dare I say it BETTER, replacement for John Stones

CB: Phil Jagielka/Ramiro Funes Mori


Depending on whether one of those new central defenders, it seems likely that it will be a competition between Jagielka and Funes Mori next season for the other spot in the middle of the defence.

Both played well last season and are deserving of their place, but with only one spot going – one will have to miss out.

Phil Jagielka is of course a leader of the side, and so likely seems a shoe in; but his age makes it unlikely that he will play each week.

It will be interesting to see which one Koeman goes for; but both are stellar defenders.

LB: Leighton Baines


Leighton Baines came back from injury towards the tail end of last season, and looks over the worst of his fitness issues.

On form there is nobody better in his position in the Premier League, and fans will no doubt be hopeful  that he returns to his best form.

CM: Idrissa Gueye

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Everton’s newest signing, Idriss Gueye recently completed his move from the recently relegated Aston Villa.

A stellar midfielder, the £10+ million signing will seemingly head straight into the Everton first team.

With James McCarthy running out of time to impress, and Gareth Barry getting on at 35; it could be an opportunity for Gueye to establish himself at his new side.

 CM: Ross Barkley

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Ross Barkley may well find himself the only remaining member of the most discussed Everton trio, with Stones and Lukaku likely departing; but that may give him the confidence and role that he needs to really kick on.

Playing more advanced than his two midfield partners, Barkley will look to run at opposition defences and thread balls through for his new number 9.

On his day he is a star; next season will be a coming of age for young Ross.

 CM: Morgan Schneiderlin


Rumours linked new Everton boss Ronald Koeman with a reunion with ex-star Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been unable to break through at United, a few weeks ago; but those rumours never came to fruition.

It seems likely that cost was the main stumbling block in that potential move, with Mourinho likely to be keen to sell; but with the Stones and Lukaku money – now could be the time to pull the trigger on the deal.

Fantastically defensively and able to transition play between defence and attack; Schneiderlin is the complete midfielder – and would be able to reignite his career under Koeman once again.

 LW: Julian Draxler

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Considering the calibre of club that are interested in Julian Draxler, this deal is unlikely – but what a signing it would be.

The German winger has recently revealed that he wants to leave Wolfsburg this summer, and has touted the Premier League as his ideal destination.

A natural left winger, Draxler possesses real pace and dribbling ability, making him a menace for opposing defences.

Everton may be able to convince Draxler to come to Merseyside with a hefty pay check; which the sale of Stones and Lukaku would allow. What a coup and what a signing he would be.

 ST: Mario Mandzukic

Mario Mandzukic

With Romelu Lukaku on the move, Koeman will no doubt be targeting a big money replacement; and the latest big name linked with the club is ex-Bayern Munich front man Mario Mandzukic.

Currently at Juventus, Mandzukic has been knocked down the pecking order following the signing of Gonzalo Higuain; and Everton are reportedly keen to bring the striker to Merseyside.

He has been prolific wherever he has been, and looks a perfect fit for the Premier League. Likely available at a fraction of the price that they may get for Lukaku; this looks like great business.

 RW: Gerard Deulofeu

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Gerard Deulofeu had to settle for a rotational role with Everton last season; but the young Spaniard now finds himself at a crucial point in his career.

At 22 years old, he is just starting to reach the age where he will be expected to kick on and find his best form; and under a new boss with the right opportunity he could do juts that.

He has all the talent in the world; he just needs a chance to express it with weekly game time. Expect this one to be a BIG season for the young winger.

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