Everton’s transformation this season has been absolutely astounding and they now look genuinely capable of an assault on the top-six.
The signings of Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure add real depth to the Toffees’ midfield and gives them every chance of easing through the early rounds of the League Cup.
Carlo Ancelotti now has the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Moise Kean at his disposal as he attempts to give his new signings a mid-week rest, and Everton’s second-string squad now looks extremely strong and quite capable of dealing with League One Fleetwood.
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Fleetwood, meanwhile, will be disconsolate after their last-gasp defeat to Peterborough at the weekend.
They looked set to make it two wins out of two with an impressive win at London Road before conceding twice in second half stoppage time to go down to their first defeat of the season.
It will be hard to pick themselves up off the floor after that one and Everton’s hungry reserves should have far too much for them.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal-crazy start to the season has put real pressure on Everton’s young Italian striker.
Calvert-Lewin has now fully nailed down the number nine shirt at Goodison Park and Kean simply has to take his chances when he gets in the team if he wants to have any hope at all of displacing Calvert-Lewin, or anyone else in Everton’s front three.
Kean scored during Everton’s previous League Cup outing against Salford last week and he is a nailed-on certainty to lead the line on Wednesday night.
This is a great opportunity for him to boost his confidence and make a claim for more playing time in important matches and, playing with the likes of Sigurdsson and Bernard, he should get plenty of chances to find the back of the net.
While Carlo Ancelotti may be able to rotate his entire midfield and attack and still field experience and quality players in those positions, the same can’t really be said about his backline.
Everton’s depth doesn’t quite stretch to their defence and Ancelotti gave a nod to a number of inexperienced players at the back during their 3-0 win over Salford last week.
While that clean sheet will have done them the world of good, Wednesday’s trip to Fleetwood represents a step up in class.
Fleetwood are a better team than Salford and, playing at home, will cause problems for Everton’s young back four.
They have managed to score in each of their five competitive games this season, but have also failed to keep a clean sheet, so Wednesday’s game should be something of a goalfest.
Everton have proved that they are quite capable of scoring goals no matter who starts up front and, with any luck, we’ll be in for another entertaining game on Wednesday night.
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