Dominic Calvert-Lewin leading the line with Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray starting – 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

    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

    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’s style of play

    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 Demarai Gray to play down the left.

    Arnaut Danjuma would have been an option to use instead of Gray, but the Villarreal star now looks set to join Tottenham on loan instead of Everton.

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin would then lead the line as a link-up striker – similar to the role that Patrick Bamford was tasked with under Bielsa.

    This is how Everton could potentially start under Bielsa

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