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Full assessment of Marco Silva's Everton squad depth ahead of 2019/20 season getting underway

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 09/08/2019 Adam Jones

As expected, Everton's squad has undergone a big change over the course of the summer transfer window.

Marco Silva and Marcel Brands were eager to not only bring quality players into the club, but also make sure players who were surplus to requirements were shipped out.

That led to a busy summer indeed, with seven players coming into Goodison Park and a further raft of of stars leaving the club - with a number of those deals being confirmed on deadline day.

So, where does that leave the current squad?

We've gone position-by-position to assess the options at Silva's disposal ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, and pinpoint where the Blues are still a little short.

Goalkeepers

Jonas Lössl holding a football ball: Jonas Lossl © Everton FC via Getty Images Jonas Lossl

The manager wanted to have three goalkeepers at his disposal going into the campaign, and this has been achieved.

Jordan Pickford is still Everton's obvious starting option and has been a top quality addition ever since his arrival in the summer of 2017.

Maarten Stekelenburg has stayed on as back up, but the arrival of Jonas Lossl on a free transfer from Huddersfield early in the window certainly adds competition in that area.

In all, you have to say the Blues have strengthened in that position.

Goalkeepers - Jordan Pickford, Jonas Lossl, Maarten Stekelenburg

Defenders

a man holding a sign posing for the camera: Yerry Mina arrives before the Wigan Athletic v Everton Pre-Season Friendly © Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images Yerry Mina arrives before the Wigan Athletic v Everton Pre-Season Friendly

In defence, however, Everton might look a little weaker.

The loss of Kurt Zouma after the end of his loan spell with the Blues was certainly a blow - and not being able to bring the defender into the club on a permanent basis was certainly a shame.

That and the exit of Phil Jagielka after the expiry of his contract with the club has left options potentially a little more limited after failing to bring another central defender into the club.

Michael Keane and Yerry Mina will be the starting options for the club at centre-back, with Mason Holgate set to be third in line after returning from his loan spell with West Brom in the second half of last term.

Lewis Gibson picked up a lot of opportunities in pre-season and impressed, but Silva admitted to the ECHO after Everton's last pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen that he is not yet ready for the Premier League.

New signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin can also play in that position, but you can bet the Blues will be scouring the market for a new centre-back again in the near future.

In terms of full backs, however it's a different story.

Lucas Digne and Leighton Baines are two fantastic options at left back, while Seamus Coleman will now be challenged by Djibril Sidibe on the opposite flank.

Defenders - Seamus Coleman, Djibril Sidibe, Michael Keane, Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate, Lewis Gibson, Lucas Digne, Leighton Baines

Midfielders

a group of people playing football on a field: Jean-Philippe Gbamin during Everton training © Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images Jean-Philippe Gbamin during Everton training

Zouma might not have joined Everton permanently following his successful loan spell, but Andre Gomes did.

The midfielder excited a lot of Blues supporters with his performances last season and could get even better with a full pre-season behind him.

On top of that, Fabian Delph made the switch to Goodison Park from champions Manchester City, and Everton will hope he recovers quickly from a groin injury sustained against Werder Bremen last week.

As previously mentioned, Gbamin has also been brought into the club primarily as the replacement for Idrissa Gueye - and the former Mainz man looks perfectly suited to step into that role.

Adding the new additions to Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson in a more attacking capacity and Silva has a number of options in front of him for the new campaign.

Midfielders - Morgan Schneiderlin, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Fabian Delph, Andre Gomes, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tom Davies

Forwards

a person posing for the camera: Moise Kean during Everton training © Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images Moise Kean during Everton training

A lot of exciting work has been done in this department.

Everton needed a new striker, that much was very clear to everyone before the transfer window got underway.

And Brands delivered with one of Italian football's most exciting prospects in Moise Kean, who will be raring to hit the ground running with his new club.

Late on deadline day, the Blues also managed to confirm a dramatic swoop for Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi to further bolster their forward options - replacing the departing Ademola Lookman.

He'll battle it out for a place on the wing with Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott - while Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will offer competition to Kean through the middle.

Again, there are significant options here.

Forwards - Richarlison, Bernard, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott, Moise Kean, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Cenk Tosun

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