The big question heading into Everton’s trip to Brentford is perhaps whether James Garner should get an opportunity and, if so, in what position?
There are multiple cases that can be made for his inclusion - one of which is his dead ball ability. Set pieces are crucial for a Blues side that can struggle creatively against the better teams and the balls into the box against Arsenal were frustratingly comfortable for David Raya to deal with.
With Sean Dyche having made the decision to drop Nathan Patterson on Sunday it does potentially pave the way for Garner to play there in London - the 22-year-old was excellent in that position as he helped England’s Under-21s win the European Championships in the summer.
He is, of course, a central midfielder and there is also a case for him to be given a chance in his preferred spot. Everton do not look intent on controlling the middle of the pitch but having Garner as an option to release the wingers and striker when Everton snatch possession is worth Dyche’s consideration.
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This was one of the major downfalls of the performance against Arsenal - when it did get the ball the midfield was unable to pick a pass and act as a springboard for attacks. Alex Iwobi is a big loss in that regard. Whether from the middle or out wide he was often able to relieve pressure on the defence by carrying the ball from deep or finding the feet of a forward player.
Garner’s inclusion in the middle might serve as a useful reminder there is competition for places in that area after the struggles of the Arsenal match. Abdoulaye Doucoure’s roleRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk