Everton training as Niels Nkounkou and James Rodriguez debut in FA Cup


‘Nkounkou too good an opportunity to resist’
Phil Kirkbride: Even though it seems likely that Lucas Digne will start against Rotherham, after Carlo Ancelotti confirms he is fit and available, it still looks like a good opportunity to play Nkounkou.

Perhaps Ancelotti will start Digne and, if all goes according to plan, replace him with the youngster for the final half hour at Goodison.

Kenny’s absence means Coleman has to play while Holgate watches the center half in need of the most minutes. Keane can rest.

Davies and Gomes should be playing early on and Sigurdsson can add experience in a midfield three.

Rodriguez needs the minutes to regain his game’s finesse, but Ancelotti will make sure to keep him as fresh as possible for Wolves on Tuesday.

Right off the bat, Tosun’s inclusion has already been confirmed and on the left looks like a good chance for Gordon to play.

My team (4-3-3): Olsen, Coleman, Holgate, Mina, Nkounkou, Davies, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Rodriguez, Tosun, Gordon

“Anthony Gordon has his chance as Rodriguez begins”

Adam Jones: Carlo Ancelotti looks like he is keen to announce the changes for this one, which he is absolutely right to do with some important Premier League games on the horizon.

Lucas Digne is, incredibly, in good shape again – but personally I wouldn’t start him. Put down your forks, I have my reasons.

Niels Nkounkou deserves another run-out and Digne is just in good shape again. Give the latter a few minutes from the bench, but first let the youngster impress.

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Anthony Gordon should have a similar opportunity to show what he can do in my opinion right in front of Nkounkou on the left flank – with James Rodriguez making his first start in a while on the right.

Bernard should be pushed to the center to try and flex his creative muscles, with Andre Gomes and Tom Davies providing cover behind him to give Abdoulaye Doucoure a much-needed rest.

Ben Godfrey will play the center-back, and he should be alongside Mason Holgate to have more minutes on his feet before the trips to Wolves and Aston Villa.

There is rotation there, but the quality should be more than enough to win this draw.

My team (4-2-3-1) – Olsen; Coleman, Holgate, Godfrey, Nkounkou; Davies, Gomes; James, Bernard, Gordon; Tosun

“Not too much rotation …”

Joe Rimmer: How much rotation is too much rotation?

This is always the key question when it comes to the FA Cup.

It now seems likely that Lucas Digne will start, and James Rodriguez could do with the minutes as well. So there are some big guns.

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Cenk Tosun is playing in front, we know that. But Everton should have a solid midfield with Andre Gomes and Tom Davies, and I’d love to see Bernard take the start.

Like Adam, I would keep him central to give Anthony Gordon an opportunity.

Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate and Seamus Coleman form full back four with Robin Olsen in goal.

My team (4-2-3-1) – Olsen; Coleman, Holgate, Mina, Digne; Davies, Gomes; James, Bernard, Gordon; Tosun


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