By Elliott Cuff

16th Feb, 2021 | 4:48pm

View: Ancelotti should give Josh King chance to shine in Everton clash v Man City

Everton will face league leaders Manchester City without Dominic Calvert-Lewin on Wednesday, which should hopefully see Josh King get his chance to impress.

The Norway international has yet to start for the Toffees since signing for the club on transfer deadline day last month, coming off the bench against Leeds United, Manchester United and Fulham in the Premier League.

In two of those games King received less than 10 minutes of game time, leaving him little opportunity to show Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti what he can offer the club going forward.

Having signed for the club on a short-term deal in January, King doesn’t have a great deal of time to earn himself an extended stay on Merseyside, and he will likely be hoping to be handed a first start against the Citizens in the absence of Calvert-Lewin.

Ancelotti confirmed on Tuesday afternoon in his pre-match press conference that the 23-year old striker would be unavailable to face Pep Guardiola’s side after sustained a hamstring injury against Tottenham last week.

With Calvert-Lewin unavailable to play against Fulham on Sunday, Ancelotti opted to play Richarlison in the lone striker role while King remained on the subs’ bench.

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As a result, Richarlison was often left isolated throughout the game, with the Brazilian winger having just 14 touches across 90 minutes of football, where Everton would slip to a derisory 2-0 loss.

King had the ball in the net against the Cottagers after coming on early into the second half. However, the offside flag denied him from claiming his first goal in Everton’s royal blue.

Now with the Manchester City fixture looming on Wednesday, Ancelotti could possibly benefit from starting King in Calvert-Lewin’s place. King will likely be eager to impress, and such a move would allow Richarlison to play in his much favoured wide position.

Everton’s next two Premier League fixtures are against City and Liverpool, two of the toughest fixtures in the Premier League calendar, and Ancelotti will certainly need to see a major reaction to last weekend’s disappointing loss if his side are to pick up any points.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are ready to offer £13.1million to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot in the summer, according to TuttoJuve.