No Iwobi or Keane: How Everton could line up in Ancelotti’s preferred 4-4-2 formation – opinion

According to The Telegraph, Everton are expected to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager this week.

The 60-year-old was only sacked by Napoli less than a fortnight ago despite guiding them into the knockout stages of the Champions League, but looks set for an almost instant return to coaching in the Premier League.

With the Italian said to be on the brink, it is probably about time we look who could potentially be in and out of favour in his preferred 4-4-2 formation that he often used during his spell with the Serie A outfit, as you can see via Transfermarkt.

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Here is how we think Ancelotti could line his team up, excluding any long-term absentees…

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Who else would it be but Jordan Pickford in goal, even if he does have his negative points such as sometimes being too rash, and lacking concentration.

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The defence is where things could get interesting. According to The Liverpool Echo, Ancelotti likes centre-backs who are comfortable on the ball and at bringing it out from the back, and his on-pitch performances suggest this is one of Michael Keane’s weaknesses – especially compared to Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate who are far more adept at doing it.

The full-back positions are made up by Lucas Digne and loanee Djibril Sidibe, which may seem harsh on Seamus Coleman especially. However, the Monaco man has shown his strengths defensively and offensively – he has three assists in his previous five Premier League outings – in recent weeks.

Richarlison has been playing up top in recent weeks, but he reverts to the left wing under the Italian, who according to The Liverpool Echo likes his wingers to cut in on occasions. On the opposite flank, Theo Walcott gets the nod over the likes of Alex Iwobi and Bernard, with the 60-year-old previously praising him when Bayern Munich were due to come up against Arsenal in the Champions League.

The Liverpool Echo reports that the former Chelsea manager likes one central midfielder to control the play and another to be a powerful box-to-box player, and with Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin currently both missing for the foreseeable future, Morgan Schneiderlin and Fabian Delph respectively may be the best options to fill those roles, with Tom Davies missing out.

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That leaves the strikers, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin is almost a guaranteed starter right now given his threat in the air and his ability to work hard across the frontline – a trait Ancelotti admires – but The Liverpool Echo says the Italian also likes someone who can score regularly up top too.

Moise Kean may have failed to make an impact in a blue shirt so far, but seven goals in 17 appearances across 661 minutes for Juventus last term is a sign of what he is capable of.

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