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Ahead of Everton’s League Cup clash against Lincoln, Marco Silva has revealed that his side could vary their system throughout the season due to the options available in the squad.
New Everton signing Moise Kean is still yet to start for his new club but has shown glimpses of his quality in his three substitute appearances so far.
Instead, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been given the responsibility of leading Everton’s attack, but the 22-year-old is goalless, which could lead Silva to offer him assistance by playing Kean alongside him at times this season.
That was how the Toffees ended Friday’s match at Villa Park as they searched for an equaliser, and it is a playing method Silva could use throughout the campaign:
“In some moments we can play with two strikers, he [Kean] did it with Juventus at times.
“It was clear to him what I expected and he had a good impact on the pitch [against Villa].
“Every time he goes on the pitch, he is ready to help the team. That is the best way to keep learning and improving as a football player.
“He has the skills to improve and now it is up to us to keep working with him to get the maximum from him.”
As Silva acknowledges, Kean started in a two up-front formation with Juventus on four occasions in Serie A last season, and scored four goals, despite playing with three different partners during that time.
Both Kean and Calvert-Lewin are in need of a goal to boost their confidence and kick-start their seasons, and will likely be eyeing the next few games as the ideal opportunity to do just that.
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Everton have been uninspiring in attack this season and have just one goal to show from their opening three games.
A late resurgence in an otherwise lacklustre performance against Aston Villa showed signs that a more ambitious approach in attack could produce more chances on goal – with the Toffees so far averaging just two shots on target per league game.
Calvert-Lewin and Kean have the attributes to form an effective partnership this season, and should suit each other well if given time on the pitch to form an understanding.
Whereas Kean is a player who thrives when running in behind the defence and getting on the end of passes, Calvert-Lewin has proved himself an adept target man – as his 3.2 average aerial duels won per game last season indicated – and as such his hold-up play should work to Kean’s benefit.
If given an opportunity to play together over the next few weeks, they could grow together and develop an understanding of each other’s games, which should work to Everton’s benefit as they search for more potency in the final third.