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Is this Everton’s starting XI next season with Rooney and other signings?

first_img 11 11 Centre midfield: Tom Davies – Perhaps one of the most questionable selections in this XI is the inclusion of 19-year-old Davies who caught the eye as he broke into the first team last season. The throwback midfielder may need to polish some areas of his game but he has shown with his driving runs, and superb goal against Manchester City, that he is more than capable. He faces competition from the also-impressive Idrissa Gueye, Muhamed Besic and Gareth Barry but Davies is a hugely impressive commodity. Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford – The most expensive British goalkeeper looks destined for great things and his arrival from Sunderland for £30million assures his place as Everton’s starter. The 23-year-old keeper matches his excellent shot-stopping ability with fine distribution and he will relish the opportunity to play in a Premier League side that isn’t tumbling towards relegation. Pickford could well be battling it out with Jack Butland to be England number one at the 2018 World Cup. Right-back: Mason Holgate – While the England Under-21 international’s long-term future may be at centre-half, the 20-year-old looks set to continue at right-back with first-choice Seamus Coleman recovering from his horrific broken leg injury. The former Barnsley man has plenty of pedigree and it could turn into a breakthrough season for the defender as he looks set for a run in the team. Time for him to show his undoubted potential. 11 Everyone is impressed with Everton’s summer transfer business so far with the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez all incoming.Of course, if reports this week are to be believed, there is no stopping Ronald Koeman as he looks set to add Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney to his ranks.The addition of players have left many Everton fans understandably excited for the season ahead as they look set to mix it at the top of the league.So here talkSPORT have taken a look at what could be Everton’s starting XI for the upcoming campaign including their new signings and those who could be incoming later on in the window.Scroll through the gallery above to see their impressive 4-2-3-1 line-up. Left-back: Leighton Baines – Has been Everton’s first-choice left-back for the best part of nine years now and you wouldn’t expect things to change for the one-time England international. Now 32 years of age Baines is still a solid defender but his delivery, free-kick ability and penalty taking skills continue to be valuable for the Toffees. If he stays injury free he could hit the 400 appearance mark for the club in this upcoming season. 11 11 Striker: Olivier Giroud – The final piece in the puzzle? Current striking star Romelu Lukaku looks to be on his way out and, despite the signing of 21-year-old Spaniard Sandro Ramirez, Koeman is thought to be interested in Arsenal’s Giroud. With Alexandre Lacazette’s arrival in North London looking imminent Giroud could be on his way out of the club and he has shown himself to be a highly competent Premier League forward. He can be used as a solid focal point up top for Everton and has an impressive strike-rate at Arsenal – averaging a goal every 157.8 minutes in the league. 11 11 11 11 11 Centre-back: Ashley Williams – A key summer signing last year, the Wales captain looks set to be the man to partner Keane at the heart of the defence next season. It will be a straight fight between Williams, club-captain Phil Jagielka and Ramiro Funes Mori for the starting spot but you would expect the former Swansea stalwart to get the nod. Despite being 32 he adds a great deal of experience to the Everton side and is still a capable Premier League defender. 11 Attacking midfield: Wayne Rooney – The Manchester United legend could be in line for a return to his boyhood club this week as Ronald Koeman looks to sign up the England captain. His stock may have fallen lately, after losing his place in the Manchester United line up under Jose Mourinho, but it should be remembered that Rooney is the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer with 253 goals in 559 appearances. You need a severe amount of skill to achieve that type of milestone and his experience at the very top can only help the Everton squad – both on the pitch and off it. Right-midfield: Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Fresh from scoring the winning goal as the England Under-20s won the World Cup the exciting forward could get set for a run in the team with a spot available out wide. With Yannick Bolasie targeting an injury return before the end of 2017 the ex-Crystal Palace man would likely be first-choice in this position but, in the meantime, the spot is up for grabs. Calvert-Lewin faces competition from Kevin Mirallas, Ademola Lookman and Aaron Lennon but the 20-year-old’s summer exploits could hand him the nod. Left midfield: Davy Klaassen – Brought in from Ajax for around £24million the Dutch midfielder has been added for his creativity. Klaassen played the majority of his time in the centre of the park for his former club but you wouldn’t be surprised to see him line-up on the left – in the same way Christian Eriksen does for Tottenham – allowing him to roam in a fluid attacking system. With Ross Barkley supposedly on the way out Klaassen’s ability on the ball will be paramount if Everton are to threaten the Premier League’s established big boys. Centre-back: Michael Keane – Another statement of intent from Ronald Koeman’s side was the signing of former Manchester United man Keane for £30million. The 24-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful season last year as he helped Burnley cement themselves in the Premier League before making his England senior debut in March. Stepping up to Everton will be another key move in the player’s development but his current trajectory suggests it is a wise decision for the Toffees to sign him up. Centre midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin – The French international was reunited with his former manager at Southampton after Everton signed him for £24million from Manchester United in January. His choice of squad number may be questionable but there is nothing questionable about his ability as a holding midfield player. The 27-year-old’s time at United may have been a struggle but he has shown before at the Saints he can perform at this level. last_img read more