Everton begin their 2023-24 Premier League season at Goodison Park, hosting Marco Silva’s Fulham. The Toffees have had their slates wiped clean as they look to jump out of the relegation struggles that have haunted them for the last two seasons. Sean Dyche will be aiming to ensure that EFC do not land in such a mess this season.
New signings Ashley Young and Arnaut Danjuma could play some part whereas Youssef Chermiti’s inclusion looks difficult given that he would have had very limited time with the first team to train and gel. Dwight McNeil is surely ruled out as he has injured his ankle. Dominic Calvert-Lewin returned towards the end of pre-season but lacks the desired game time. However, he could still play some part against Fulham. Dele Alli and Seamus Coleman remain ruled out for the game.
Dyche will be without McNeil, which is a huge blow as he was instrumental to Everton last season. Danjuma also suffered a knock and may not be able to play the entire 90 minutes but could make his debut against Fulham. EFC will be hoping to kick off their 2023-24 Premier League campaign with a win.
Everton predicted lineup vs Fulham
Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford is one of the senior players in the squad and a leader on the pitch. He has been the saviour for EFC on several occasions. All the talk of his exit has died down as he continues to remain a core member of the Everton squad.
Left back: Ashley Young
Vitaliy Mykolenko has gradually eased to the first team after picking up an injury towards the end of the season. He did play 25 minutes during pre-season but Dyche might prefer to use Young and give Mykolenko more time to get match fit. Having Young in the squad ensures versatility as the Englishman can play in several positions and get the job done.
Centre back: James Tarkowski
The English centre back had an injury scare against Sporting but James Tarkowski is fit and ready to command the rearguard. His experience and leadership qualities will be vital in absence of Coleman and his presence offers solidity at the back.
Centre back: Michael Keane
There are numerous debates on who should be Tarkowski’s partner in the backline with Mason Holgate, Ben Godfrey, Michael Keane and Jarrad Branthwaite being contenders. Keane has played under Dyche and could start the game against Fulham.
Right back: Nathan Patterson
With Coleman out and Young playing as a left back, it is time for Nathan Patterson to shine. The Scottish full back suffered an injury towards the business end of the last season but is back and raring to go. Patterson offers immense attacking quality while going forward and can complement Alex Iwobi on the right flank.
Central midfield: Idrissa Gueye
Idrissa Gueye will carry out the role of being the midfielder sitting ahead of the defence and winning the ball back by breaking the opposition play. Gueye’s commitment and ability to win the ball back is instrumental in Dyche’s system.
Central midfield: Amadou Onana
There has been a lot of talk all summer about Amadou Onana leaving the club with interest from Chelsea and Manchester United but the Belgian has so far remained at Goodison Park. Dyche counts on the 21 year old and he has the ability to transform into one of the best young midfielders in the league if this season goes according to the plan.
Central midfield: Abdoulaye Doucoure
Although he will operate centrally in the midfield, his box-to-box qualities will be used extensively as he would push forward into goalscoring positions to support the striker and add an extra body in the attack. Doucoure scored the all important goal that ensured EFC’s Premier League status and will be hoping to score many such goals this season.
Left wing: Demarai Gray
With McNeil injured and Danjuma not fit to play for 90 minutes, Demarai Gray could start on the left flank. He is a live wire waiting to explode and when given a chance he can make some difference. His electric pace can allow EFC to make quick transitions and counter at breathtaking pace.
Striker: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Calvert-Lewin may not be able to commit 90 minutes but starting him ahead of Neal Maupay gives Everton some extra threat and precision in the attack.
Right wing: Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi is arguably the most creative player in the side and Everton will heavily rely on his creativity and imagination. The Nigerian has been linked with a move away as he has 12 months left on his deal but the Toffees are pushing to keep him at Goodison Park.
Will EFC register a win against Fulham?