Carlo Ancelotti's Everton to-do list as international break commences
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has some thinking to do while his players are away on international duty.
Three straight Premier League defeats have seen the club slip from the very top down to sixth.
The club are still in a good position, but another loss against Fulham will set alarm bells ringing.
Here are a few things the Italian may need to ponder to help get the team back to winning ways.
Olsen in, Pickford out
Ancelotti dropped Jordan Pickford against Newcastle but bizarrely said that the England number one would be recalled against Manchester United – before deputy Robin Olsen had even featured against the Magpies.
The 40-cap Swede actually did well on his debut, and £30 million signing Pickford (BBC Sport) again had shaky moments against United.
Unfortunately at the moment, the potential for Pickford to make mistakes is clear, and Ancelotti should therefore give serious consideration to selecting Olsen indefinitely.
According to reports (Liverpool Echo), forgotten man Jean-Philippe Gbamin is set to return to Finch Farm after recently upping his rehabilitation in Paris.
He is on track for a return in December, and Ancelotti should start thinking about how to get him into the team.
Pairing him at holding midfield alongside Allan, with Abdoulaye Doucoure – who does have attacking qualities – just ahead of them could be a really strong midfield trident.
The Brazilian has evidently been badly missed by Everton following his three-game suspension.
Richarlison’s return will be a big boost for the Toffees, and Ancelotti must get him in and around Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
He’ll be itching to get back amongst the goals and with Fulham’s porous defence up next, he will absolutely fancy his chances.