Everton’s strongest line-up following transfer deadline day business

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Everton’s transfer window was a peculiar one – with the Merseyside club spending just £1.7m across the summer in an attempt to recover from their losses to FFP over the years.

The Toffees have been notorious for their extortionate spending over the years – with deals such as £30million for Yannick Bolasie, £27m for Cenk Tosun and £26m for injury-riddled Jean-Phillipe Gbamin, they have had to spend lightly as a result.

Admittedly, they spent well last season, with Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, James Rodriguez and Ben Godfrey coming in for a total of £60m.

However, their previous exploits mean there have not been many arrivals at Goodison Park this summer; with Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend, Salomon Rondon and Asmir Begovic their only signings.

Express Sport takes a look at the Merseyside club’s potential strongest XI following the culmination of the window.

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford

England’s first-choice goalkeeper is probably the easiest choice to make on this list.

Having excelled for his country at Euro 2020, the Sunderland-born shot-stopper has continued his fine form to propel Everton to sixth in the league.

And with only Begovic behind him in the pecking order, it is a straight-forward decision for manager Rafael Benitez to make.

Defence: Seamus Coleman, Ben Godfrey, Yerry Mina, Lucas Digne

Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s failed move to the Toffees has prolonged Coleman’s evergreen Everton career, with the Irishman entering his twelfth full season in the royal blue.

Maitland-Niles had asked Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to leave the club following his refusal to play him at right-back; but after talks with the Gunners, the 24-year-old has decided to stay at the Emirates.

Alongside Coleman are excelling young defender Godfrey – who was unfortunate not to make the England 26-man-squad for the Euros after being cut in the preliminary stage – and colossal Colombian defender Mina.

And finally, Digne lines up alongside the pair, with the France left-back now entering his fourth term at Goodison, following his £20m move from Barcelona in 2018.

Midfield: Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, James Rodriguez

In arguably the best midfield outside of the Champions League spots, Benitez will look to utilise the experience, talent and athleticism that this midfield possesses.

Allan and Doucoure provide the engine room that the Toffees thrive on both home and away; the duo have formed a daunting partnership in the engine room.

And Rodriguez’s talents need no further discussion; the Colombian playmaker has all the ability in the world – and it is no coincidence that his injury last year proved to be Everton’s downfall.

Elsewhere, Andre Gomes, Gbamin and Tom Davies are unlucky to miss out.

Attack: Demarai Gray, Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Gray is the only addition to the starting XI following the summer window, with the winger getting off to an electric start in Everton colours.

Signed for just £1.7m from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, the former Leicester speedster has hit the ground running at Goodison Park, scoring two goals in three games in a bid to revitalise his career.

And lining up alongside him are talisman Calvert-Lewin – who has continued his stellar form from last season – and PSG-linked winger Richarlison. Not a bad trio, eh?

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