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Alex Iwobi stepped in for Richarlison at St. Mary’s, but the Nigerian international is just one of many options for Ancelotti as he tries to get his team back on track.
The former Watford striker has been very influential this season as Carlo Ancelotti’s side have shot to the top of the standings, but he will remain on the sidelines this weekend for the trip to Newcastle.
Everton missed Richarlison painfully in the Premier League defeat to Southampton as the Brazilian began his suspension due to the red card maintained in the Merseyside derby.
But these are not the only reasons for Richarlison’s absence, which will be joined on the sidelines by suspended Lucas Digne, and we also played through the rule about a possible formation change that could be used at St. James’ Park.
We took a look at the options available to the manager, with Bernard, Iwobi, or Anthony Gordon as contenders to the left.
Alex Iwobi had a tough time in Southampton last weekend and played only 45 minutes before he was replaced by Bernard in the second half.
For the former Arsenal winger, who had previously jumped off the bench in games against West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool, it was a first league season start.
The manager had only made eight half-time substitutions in his time at Goodison Park, and Iwobi’s early exit on Sunday meant that he was the player who left the field during the break more often than anyone else.
However, the 24-year-old’s early withdrawal under Carlo Ancelotti set an unintended record.
The numbers behind Iwobi’s starts and substitutions are interesting and could be a clue to his future under Ancelotti in Merseyside.
The other two occasions were back-to-back games in July, with Anthony Gordon replacing Iwobi in Tottenham and Djibril Sidibe taking his place in the home game in Southampton.
Everton fans will be happy with their team’s start to the season, but there is always concern that one or two injuries could derail things, especially in the back.
The Blues didn’t have a recognized central defender on the bench in Southampton, Ben Godfrey stepped in for injured right back Seamus Coleman, and starter central defender Yerry Mina has been struggling with his own injuries for the past two years.