By Adefunmiloye Alani

24th Nov, 2021 | 9:10am

Marcel Brands has instructed Everton under-23s to switch to 4-2-3-1

Marcel Brands has instructed Everton under-23s boss David Unsworth to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation, according to The Athletic.

The Toffees director of football wants the system being played by Rafa Benitez’s first-team mirrored by the youth side, and it appears that has yielded some results.

Brands watched the under-23s secure a 2-1 over Brighton on Monday night, and recent performances and outcomes have improved after their struggles in the early part of the campaign.

Great help

Everton under-23s have won four games in the Premier League 2 this season, drawing two and losing six, and Unsworth has not been able to get the current crop of youngsters firing as he did with the ones that won the league in 2018-19.

They started the campaign with six defeats in their opening nine games, and Brands had to step in.

The Dutchman has enough experience to know exactly what they needed to stop the woeful run, and his instructions have come in very handy.

Unsworth had deployed a defensive-minded system that featured three central defenders and wing-backs, but that deprived the forwards of services.

Since they switched to 4-2-3-1, Everton Under-23s have won three and drawn one of their last five matches, defeating their Manchester City and Leeds United counterparts, and they will now be looking to move up in the table going forward.

The senior team could do with a similar upswing in fortunes too, but injuries have not helped, and Benitez has to find a way to halt the poor form.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are plotting January loan-to-buy bid for centre-mid hailed by Jack Grealish last month.

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