Everton manager Sam Allardyce confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Thursday that Ramiro Funes Mori is available for selection for the Premier League clash against Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park on Saturday after recovering from a long-term injury, and Toffees fans have urged him to start the centre-back, rated at €12m (£10.7m) by Transfermarkt.
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— Everton (@Everton) March 8, 2018
The 27-year-old has been out for almost a year after picking up a serious knee injury while on international duty with Argentina, but he is finally ready to make his first-team return for the Merseyside outfit.
It comes at a good time for Allardyce too with his team struggling from a defensive point of view – only three top flight teams have conceded more than their total of 49 in 29 games – and with Ashley Williams suspended, which is something that the Goodison Park faithful won’t be too upset about given their continued criticism of the 33-year-old.
Everton supporters have been quick to have their say on Funes Mori via social media, and while one said “get him in alongside Holgate”, another said “he needs to start for me”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Manny (@marcm1878) March 7, 2018
If the formation was 4-4-1-1 Team for the weekend ? pic.twitter.com/AiitjWx95g
— Rab C Nesbitt (@worth1964) March 7, 2018
— ZakMitch (@ZakMitch) March 7, 2018
Coleman, Holgate, Funes Mori, Baines
Walcott Rooney Siggurdson Calvert-Lewin
— Pete Trodden (@PeteTroddski) March 7, 2018
I would play them in a 4-2-3-1
Funes Mori (LCB)
Niasse (LM, but while attacking, he should work as a second striker)
— Christian Dolberg (@OneDolberg) March 7, 2018
Funes Mori should get a chance too
— ??? (@PrimePickford) March 8, 2018
Very true, would play three centre-back's in Holgate, RFM and Keane. Rather have a strong defence if we will attempt to park the bus yet again.
— SweetPrinceNiasse (@thebirko) March 8, 2018
Without doubt. Get him in alongside Holgate.
— Mitch Izzard EFC (@MitchIzzard) March 6, 2018
He needs to start for me, honestly I'd try and play Coleman, Mori, Jags, Baines. Purely because they're familiar with playing together and i think that's what is missing.
— Jake Newby (@JakeNewby_) March 6, 2018