During the 2018/19 campaign Everton manager Marco Silva perhaps didn’t always have the quality in depth to change things when it came to selecting his attacking options, but it’s a different story now.
The summer transfer window saw two players good enough to start in Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean arrive at Goodison Park, leaving the Portuguese boss with more scope to make alterations when things aren’t going as well as he would have hoped.
On the wings, he now has Bernard, Richarlison, Iwobi and Theo Walcott to choose from, while as things stand he has Kean, Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun to pick from up top.
In terms of the No.10 role, Gylfi Sigurdsson now has further competition from Iwobi who can also play through the centre.
Two expensive players, but two that have struggled during the 2019/20 Premier League campaign so far.
Meanwhile, Sigurdsson missed an absolute sitter against the Eagles as he scuffed an opportunity wide, while The Liverpool Echo said that he never really managed to get a foothold on the game against Javi Gracia’s men.
The fact of the matter is that so far in the top flight in 2019, the duo have scored five and four goals and for two players in key attacking positions in the XI, that isn’t good enough for a club with big ambitions.
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Now Silva has Iwobi, Kean, Calvert-Lewin and Walcott, he needs to make the call to take two out-of-form players out of the limelight against Aston Villa on Friday.
The former has said previously that he prefers to play in the centre so can be given a chance in the No.10 role, while the latter will surely have a big point to prove.
Despite his troubles last term when he came under criticism from the Goodison Park faithful on Twitter, could Walcott really be any less effective than Richarlison right now?