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Although the focus of attention of Everton fans will be on the visit of Sheffield United on Saturday, they should also keep an eye on the Blades’ arch-rivals, and Kadeem Harris in particular.
The Toffees face Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday in the third round of the Carabao Cup, and it looks set to be a tricky visit to Hillsborough, with the Owls starting the season in decent form and Marco Silva’s side yet to win away from home.
They have goals in the side in Harris and Steven Fletcher, as well as a balanced midfield with Barry Bannan pulling the strings, so there won’t be any room for Everton complacency if they are looking to get through.
Garry Monk is new to the dugout but he oversaw a comfortable 2-0 win over Huddersfield in his first game in charge, with a moment of great skill from Harris setting up the first goal.
The winger has made an impressive start to his Wednesday career since joining on a free this summer, and he will look to cause problems throughout, as evidenced by his two goals and one assist.
According to WhoScored, the 26-year-old has contributed directly to three Wednesday goals this campaign, and he has also been able to use his pace effectively to apply pressure on opponents.
His stat of 2.1 successful dribbles per game shows that. It is an important aspect of his style of play as it means he can provide an outlet to Wednesday when under pressure, carrying the ball upfield on the break and running at defenders in the final third.
Djibril Sidibe could be set to start for Everton with his only other appearance so far coming in the previous round of the cup, and due to his lack of match sharpness it should be a stern test.
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The French international has pace too, but he will have to react quickly to the danger Harris poses, as well as his ability to twist and turn, using both feet to good effect, as he evidenced through his assist against Huddersfield.
It is important that both Sidibe and his teammates cut out the service to Harris, as he can be very effective in the final third.
He is unpredictable and can run into the box or play a killer pass, as shown with his key passing stat, and if given too much time and space he could win the game for the Owls.