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Everton assets on the FPL radar following Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival

One of the world’s best FPL managers, Tom Freeman, takes a closer look at how Everton assets are shaping up under Carlo Ancelotti.


Gameweek 20 has drawn to a close and went pretty well for me after I activated my Wildcard, which I left until the last possible week.

A total of 66 points has seen my overall rank rise to 36,928, which is just 26 points off the top 10k.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.5) was the star of the show but there were also returns for six others, including Ismaïla Sarr (£6.2m), who has really flourished since Nigel Pearson took charge. In fact, looking at data from Gameweek 17-20, only Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) has taken more shots in the box than Sarr, amongst midfielders.

Looking ahead, Everton are a team on my radar, with fixtures turning in Gameweek 22.

In just two matches, new head coach Carlo Ancelotti has installed a more adventurous brand of football, with real attacking intent.

Against Newcastle, The Toffees had an impressive 22 shots, nine of which were on target.

Caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson had successfully used a 4-4-2 for his few games in charge, whilst Ancelotti primarily used variations of a 4-4-2 at Napoli, so continuing with this shape, with limited time to work on tactics, made absolute sense – though he has added his own twist, which sees it transform into something resembling a 3-5-2 when in possession, with Lucas Digne (£5.9m) pushing high on the left.

With five goals in his last five league games, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.8m) is a player near the top of my Watchlist. After being praised by Ancelotti after scoring the winner against Burnley, he took on the manager’s encouragement by scoring two classic poacher goals against Newcastle United, whilst also creating five chances.

A quick look at Calvert-Lewin’s shot locations over the last two Gameweeks tells us he’s getting quality chances, close to goal.

Defensively, work still needs to be done – not surprising when Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) and Tom Davies (£5.3m) are your central midfielders in a 4-4-2.

Despite this, Djibril Sidibé’s (£5.3m) inclusion as a wide midfielder, rather than full-back, against Burnley was interesting, and something I’m monitoring.

These quotes from Ancelotti, where he discusses the Frenchman’s role after the game, tells us more:

Offensively, he stayed wide. On the other side we had Digne to cover the space there. Defensively (Sidibe) was working in the line of the midfielders, and the 4-4-2 shape, defensively, didn’t change. We tried to build up with Coleman a little bit back, and Sidibe more forward. It went well because he put the cross in for Calvert-Lewin to score the goal.

It’s early days for Ancelotti at Everton but it has been an exciting start.

Also, a quick word on Manchester City, who switched things up in the second half against Sheffield United, and were much improved.

De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva (£7.9m) played in a double pivot, with Rodri (£5.4m) dropping back and forming a three-man defence with Fernandinho (£5.2m) and Eric Garcia (£4.5m), when in possession. 

Riyad Mahrez (£8.3m) moved inside as a number 10, whilst the full-backs were given more license to attack.

How Pep Guardiola sets up going forward is impossible to predict, but that Aston Villa fixture in Gameweek 22 could be one to target.

As focus turns to New Year’s Day and Gameweek 21, here is how I’m currently set up.

If John Lundstram (£5.2m) is passed fit, I’ll likely roll a transfer, which gives me a bit more flexibility if I want to bring in one or two Everton assets next week.

In terms of captaincy, I’m currently on Jamie Vardy (£10.1m). I have fond memories of captaining him in the reverse fixture back in Gameweek 7 and, with Leicester City resting nine players against West Ham United, a fresh starting XI including Vardy will hopefully be set to profit.

Thanks for reading… until next time.


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3,167 Comments Post a Comment
  1. subhojit123
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Guys...any suggestions if I have got the bench Vs playing 11 right -
    Hendo
    Kelly Rico Evans
    Mane KDB Alli grealish
    Vardy(c) aguero maupay

    Bench - 4.0 aurier, gross, Lundstrum

  2. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Ryan (button)
    Guilbert Soyunc Aurier (Lund 3.9)
    Salah(c) Alli KDB Maddison (Richarlison)
    Abraham Vardy Ings

    1FT

    Any ideas? Aurier for Gomez? Alli for someone? No money ITB

  3. Teror
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A. Abraham > Jimenez / DCL

    B. Grealish > Traore

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      V

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        B

    2. Victor ONEYEARHAMMER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Abra to jimemez

  4. Joyce1998
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Need help which wc team??
    Chasing in ml

    Team A
    Ryan
    Taa, soy, gomez
    Mane, Kdb, traore, maddy
    Vardy, Rashford, ings
    Subs- McGovern, kiko, lund, 4.3

    Or
    Team B
    Pope
    Taa, soy, kiko
    Salah, mane, Kdb, trossard, traore
    Vardy, ings
    Subs- McGovern, lund, Greenwood, 3.9

    1. boroie
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A

  5. KANTEnders
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Happy new year folks! Some help would be appreciated!

    Start one of :
    1) Adama traore
    2) ings

    Captain :
    A) Vardy
    B) mane
    C) KDB

    Cheers!

    1. boroie
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      2 and B

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      2a

    3. JoeSoap
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      2A

    4. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      2A

  6. boroie
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Anything to change here? Or save the FT?

    Gazzaniga
    Gomez Soyuncu Aurier
    Mane(VC) KDB Martial Mahrez
    Vardy(C) Abraham Rashford

    Button; Cantwell Rico Lundstram

    1. Dannyb
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Save, nice team

    2. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      As a Mahrez owner also, how confident are you that he will start?

      1. boroie
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Not very. But Man City fans seem to think he will. Think I will leave for today and then think about getting Maddison/Alli in next GW.

        1. Balls of Steel
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Was thinking that he may start this one alright..also considering moving to Maddison.

  7. boroie
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Captain...

    A - Vardy
    B - KDB
    C - Mane

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A

    2. JoeSoap
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A

  8. EWH2020
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A) Traore
    B) Maddison

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A

    2. boroie
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      B

    3. Clutchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      B

    4. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      B

  9. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Bench 1:

    A) Soy (NEW A)
    B) Kelly (NOR A)
    C) Rico (WHU A)

    1. boroie
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      B

    2. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      C

    3. whosBenj
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Have all 3, currently benching C (do have Ramsdale in goal though).

    4. CRO KLOPP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      B

    5. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      B

  10. JoeSoap
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Any thoughts on plans?

    21. Ali>Martial
    22. Rash/Aurier>DCL/TAA
    23. Jimmy>Ings
    24. Soyu>Robbo

    (Don't normally plan far ahead but needed to get Pool players and had 2 FTs this week. Keeper an issue 22/25)

    Pope, Gazza
    Rico, TAA, Robbo, Kelly, Lundy
    Maddy, KDB, Martial, Salah, Dendo
    Vardy, Ings, DCL

  11. The Mighty I
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Own both Ings and Maupay, should I swap either to DCL?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Yes, Maupay

    2. boroie
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      No. DCL won’t keep this up.

  12. LLoris
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A) Jimenez for Abraham???
      B) Gomez for Holgate???

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        A

      2. Joyce1998
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I'd save, jimenez on form and gomez will be good for dgw

        1. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Think he means the other way around, i.e. Jimi coming in for Abe. Weird way to list it though if so, considering 97% of people on the site do it the other way ha

      3. boroie
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        B

      4. Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        B and A later

    • darkmatt3r
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Good to go? I have 2ft 0.1itb
      I'd like to bring TAA back but the only way I feel I can do it is downgrading Ali or Kane but I can't see any obvious replacements! Any advice or better options would be appreciated I have 2ft 0.1itb

      Pope
      Aurier Chilwell Kelly
      KDB(v) Mane Alli Traore
      Vardy(c) Jimenez Kane
      Subs
      Heaton Rico Dendonc Lundstram

      1. Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Kane to Ings or maybe Tammy.

    • boroie
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Anything I should change? Or gtg?

      1 FT, 0.1 ITB

      Gazzaniga
      Gomez Soyuncu Aurier
      Mane(VC) KDB Martial Mahrez
      Vardy(C) Abraham Rashford

      Button; Cantwell Rico Lundstram

    • boroie
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Lots saying Vardy for C. Is there any reason other than definite starter?

      I would assume Newcastle will sit deep against Leicester and therefore there will be little room for Vardy in behind. Also, Newcastle generally don’t seem to concede too many at home. Someone convince me.

      1. Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Newcastle haven't had tough home fixtures. The only one of the top teams they have faced is City where they conceded 2 and City had over 30 shots (over 20 of which were on target). Vardy is rested, in great form and might have an extra twinkle in his eye with a new sprog on the scene. Think Newcastle has a few injury concerns at the back too.

        1. boroie
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Cheers. I’m convinced!

          1. Devo-McDuff
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 24 days ago

            No problem

    • boroie
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Lots on here saying to captain Vardy. Is there any reason other than definite starter?

      I would assume Newcastle will sit deep against Leicester and therefore there will be little room for Vardy in behind. Also, Newcastle generally don’t seem to concede too many at home. Someone convince me.

      1. Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        See above ha

    • Joyce1998
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      On wc
      Chasing in ml and no one has salah
      Mane or salah??
      Ryan
      Taa, soy, gomez
      Salah/mane, Kdb, maddy, traore
      Vardy, Rashford, ings
      4.0, kiko, lund, 4.3

    • Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Get rid of Abe for Jimenez/Ings/DCL or Grealish for Traore?

    • Benditlike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Have 2FT and 1.2 ITB. No obvious transfers. Considering Grealish -> Sarr. What do you think?

      Current team:
      Pope
      TAA, Digne, Rico
      Mane, KDB, Alli, Grealish
      Rashford, Ings, Vardy

      Button, Cantwell, Kelly, Lundstram

      1. Teror
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I'd say eoither that or get rid of Pope for someone like Hendo

    • Rashford FC
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Going for the Vardy party! (c)

    • Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Play

      A) Grealish
      B) Traore

    • Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A. Abraham > Jimenez

      B. Grealish > Traore

      1. waldo666
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        A

    • Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Play
      A) Traore
      B) Grealish

    • Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A) Traore
      B) Maddison

    • Ribus
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Aurier -> Soy?

    • OLB
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Yes

    • PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Early thoughts..

      Kane and Taylor/Rico ➡ Robertson and Jimenez?

    • Champions united
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      2ft

      Alli+gwood>ings/jimmez+cantwell

    • AzzaroMax99
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      On wrong page.

      Any 3,9 playing defender?
      Reid or Simpson maybe?