How Everton could line up in 2017-18

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Everton in 2017-18

The Times have put their thinking caps on on Tuesday to consider how Everton could line up in the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Ronald Koeman faces the daunting task this summer of restructuring his team after Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Man United, while trying to find a way to propel the Toffees into the Premier League’s top six.

To do that, Everton are spending big money. They’ve signed Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez, Henry Onyekuru and Wayne Rooney.

Who makes the XI?

When considering how Koeman could set up his team once everyone is back to full fitness, the Times believe the Dutch coach could deploy a 4-3-3 formation.

A couple of injured players are included in the XI. That includes Seamus Coleman at right back, and Yannick Bolasie in attack.

Coleman is likely to miss the first couple of months of the new season following a horror leg break while on Irish international duty, while Bolasie, who has been sidelined since suffering a serious knee injury against Manchester United in December, may return by the end of the year.

One suspects that Mason Holgate will deputise for Coleman until his return, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Kevin Mirallas could play up front at the start of the season.

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