Everton predicted lineup vs Leeds United: Three changes as Lampard changes shape to 4-3-3

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Natan Patterson could start his first game for Everton


Right back: Nathan Patterson

Finally, the moment has come for Nathan Patterson to be unleashed as the new right back of Everton. With Mykolenko’s COVID and Godfrey’s injury, Seamus Coleman could be asked to deputize at left back which opens the door to Patterson’s inclusion.

Perhaps, the Scotsman may not be completely ready for Premier league football but should be given a chance to showcase his potential. The Leeds United game might be a big test given how much of running he’ll have to do up and down the flanks but this is the kind of challenge he’ll relish.

Centre back: Michael Keane

Due to Mina and Godfrey’s injury, Everton has scarcity in the central defence. Even though Keane has struggled to put together a string of performances, Lampard has no option but to use Keane.

The Englishman’s standards and output have dropped massively, to the point, that excluding him from the team is a real possibility when Everton have a full strength side. Keane will have the task to negate Daniel James who is acting as a shadow striker as Leeds compromise without having a focal point in the attack.

Centre back: Mason Holgate

Everton have a similar dilemma with Mason Holgate. The 25 year old has massively struggled and his performances seem to be degrading with passing time. Holgate is talented and has potential but his lack of confidence coupled with periodical involvement in the team means that his displays have been lacklustre and not as per expectations. If he doesn’t find his feet soon, Holgate could be put on the expendable list in the summer.

Left back: Seamus Coleman

With Mykolenko missing out, the Toffees are without a traditional left back. Godfrey is the most likely option to slot into the role temporarily given his ‘Jack of all trades’ kind of character, but the former Norwich man is sidelined for four to five weeks.

Against Newcastle, Andros Townsend operated as a left wing back, doing a poor job which should now force Lampard to go for a back four and deploying Coleman at left back. Coleman might have a long and enduring afternoon as he faces Leeds’ most dangerous weapon, Raphinha.