View: Josh King deserves start vs Fulham to show what he is capable of
Everton will be without Dominic Calvert-Lewin against Fulham but there is still room for optimism ahead of an important week.
The striker has missed just one league game this season but it is a match we won – beating Wolves 2-1 in January.
We have recruited Josh King since then, too, and the former Bournemouth man will be keen to impress Carlo Ancelotti.
The attacker has something of a point to prove after experiencing relegation from the Premier League last season.
He didn’t exactly take the Championship by storm either, scoring three goals in 14 games this term. However, he was clearly unhappy at being on the South Coast, and now he has got his move he will want to make the most of it.
Ancelotti should play him in a central role against Fulham – that way he can keep Richarlison on the left where he is most effective.
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From King’s two substitute appearances it seems he will fit our style of play, too.
A rate of 3.6 runs per game (WyScout) means he will make darts in behind the defence – making him perfect foil for James Rodriguez, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison.
His pace and movement is an asset and could be effective against Fulham defender Joachim Anderson, who is not the most mobile.
King put Manchester United on the back foot last week with three successful dribbles in 16 minutes, and that should open up space for his teammates on Sunday.
He is a tricky and unpredictable player so offers us something a bit different to Calvert-Lewin, who fits the traditional hold-up role.
An ability to switch places with Richarlison throughout the match could also keep things fresh in attack.
That will hopefully prevent a repeat of our performances against Newcastle and West Ham, when we looked short of ideas.
King has acknowledged that he will have to work hard if he wants to maintain a place in the squad.
We expect a lot of effort against Fulham, therefore, both with and without the ball.
He also talked of his power in an interview last week, so we look forward to him driving with the ball and putting the Cottagers under pressure.
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