Arnaut Danjuma signs, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Anthony Gordon starts – How Everton could line up under Marcelo Bielsa if he replaces Frank Lampard

    Marcelo Bielsa could adopt his favoured 4-1-4-1 formation at Everton should he replace Frank Lampard in the dugout at Goodison Park.

    The Toffees wielded the axe on the ex-Chelsea manager on Monday with the Merseyside outfit sitting in 19th spot in the Premier League table.

    Former Leeds boss Bielsa has been linked with the vacant Everton position

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    Former Leeds boss Bielsa has been linked with the vacant Everton position

    Attention has now turned to who will be tasked with keeping Everton in the top-flight.

    Former Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been linked with the vacant job, along with Argentine veteran Bielsa.

    Bielsa was sacked by Leeds last February with the Whites embroiled in a relegation battle of their own.

    But it is believed he feels he has unfinished business in England, where he was praised for his free-flowing football at Elland Road.

    The 67-year-old would have a huge task on his hand to get Everton back to winning ways with the club without a victory in the Premier League since October.

    Should he be appointed, his opening match would be against table-toppers Arsenal, before a trip to Anfield to face rivals Liverpool.

    Bielsa has been out of a job since being sacked by the Whites in February 2022

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    Bielsa has been out of a job since being sacked by the Whites in February 2022

    But how might Everton start against Mikel Arteta‘s rampant side under the tutelage of Bielsa in his preferred formation?

    Jordan Pickford will start between the sticks with the England international one of Everton’s bright sparks in an otherwise disappointing campaign.

    In the absence of the injured Nathan Patterson, Seamus Coleman will continue to deputise at right-back, with Vitaliy Mykolenko to slot in on the opposite side.

    A centre-back partnership would then consist of James Tarkowski and Conor Coady, with Yerry Mina having to settle for a place on the bench.

    Coady’s ball-playing would suit Bielsa

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    Coady’s ball-playing would suit Bielsa

    Amadou Onana would then be deployed in the lone defensive midfield role, with Idrissa Gueye and Alex Iwobi occupying the two central midfield spots.

    Though Iwobi would play as a free-roaming No.8 with Bielsa allowing him the license to go forward at will.

    Anthony Gordon would start on the right flank, with imminent arrival Arnaut Danjuma to potentially play down the left.

    The Dutchman is poised to join on loan from Spanish side Villarreal after he rejected a return to former employers Bournemouth, although Tottenham are lurking.

    Danjuma could boost

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    Danjuma could boost

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin would then be tasked with leading the line for Everton.

    However he could find himself on the bench with Danjuma also able to operate as a centre-forward.

    This would see Demarai Gray come into the team to start down the left should Danjuma be moved up top.

    This is one way of how Everton could start under Bielsa

    This is one way of how Everton could start under Bielsa

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