Everton host League Two outfit Lincoln City in an FA Cup third round clash at Goodison Park this weekend.
As a Premier League side, the Toffees will of course be heavy favourites to secure victory against the Imps, but Marco Silva’s team must improve upon their recent form if they’re to avoid becoming the victims of a humiliating FA Cup giant-killing.
Saturday’s fixture offers the Merseyside club a great opportunity to get back to winning ways, but it is also a chance for Silva to rotate his squad.
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One player whose recent performances suggest he could do with being withdrawn from the firing line is Andre Gomes. The Barcelona loanee has shown flashes of real quality this season, but has looked jaded in recent weeks.
Handing his place over to Morgan Schneiderlin will allow the 25-year-old Portuguese the rest he needs.
If given the nod, Schneiderlin should see this as an opportunity to stake his claim for greater involvement in the first team.
A Ronald Koeman-era acquisition, Schneiderlin joined Everton from Manchester United for a fee of up to £24 million in 2017. He has failed to impress at Goodison though, and must now be considered a flop signing.
The 15-cap France international has only made seven Premier League appearances this season. However, he ought to relish the opportunity of facing the Imps as he is well-suited to combating their style of play.
The 6’1″ midfielder has the tenacity and physicality to battle it out with Danny Cowley’s men. If Schneiderlin can impress in the FA Cup, it may well spark his top flight career back into life and make him a serious contender for Gomes’ place in Silva’s side too.