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Everton's potential 2022-23 XI featuring Tarkowski but no Richarlison

Everton fans will be hoping their beloved Toffees avoid a repeat of last season’s turbulent campaign which saw the club cling onto their top-flight status.

Frank Lampard managed to ensure that the Goodison Park side preserved their Premier League status, but the former Chelsea and Derby County manager faces a big summer.

The former England midfielder isn’t likely to be given a huge transfer kitty, so the 43-year-old is going to have to be savvy in the market.

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Majority owner Farhad Moshiri has overseen losses of £372m over the past three years and as a result the businessman wants the club’s wage bill reduced over the next two years by a staggering 70 per cent.

However, with interest in Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison unlikely to waver, Lampard may have to accept that at least one of his big name forwards will depart Merseyside this summer.

After signing the Brazilian from Watford for £50m four years ago, the Toffees have reportedly slapped a £65m asking price on Richarlison’s shoulders, who is interested in joining the likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid, according to the Sun.

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Given Everton’s precarious financial position, TBR believes that Richarlison will be the man to depart Goodison Park this summer.

If the 25-year-old Brazilian does move on and Everton’s hefty asking price is met – Lampard will be hoping that a small chunk of the money brought in by Richarlison’s potential sale can be used to improve the squad.

With that in mind, TBR takes a look at Everton’s potential 2022-23 XI.

Everton’s potential 2022-23 XI

After shipping 66 goals in the Premier League last season – only four sides conceded more, Everton look to have won the race to sign James Tarkowski on a free transfer.

The England international’s contract at Burnley expired at the end of this month, and his quality, experience, leadership and aggression will significantly bolster Everton’s leaky backline.

The 29-year-old’s arrival could prompt Lampard to change to a back three which could see Tarkowski reunited with former Burnley teammate Michael Keane, and the pair would be joined by Ben Godfrey.

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Vitalii Mykolenko and club captain Seamus Coleman will likely occupy the wing-back roles, but Godfrey possesses the versatility to fill in for Coleman with the likes of Yerri Mina and Mason Holgate coming in at centre-back.

Abdoulaye Doucoure will probably remain at the heart of Everton’s engine room and while Lampard has been linked with a move for Chelsea man Conor Gallagher, the midfielder who impressed on loan at Crystal Palace may form a part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans next season.

Another England international that Everton have been linked with is out-of-favour Tottenham man Harry Winks who doesn’t look to have a future with Spurs under Antonio Conte.

Winks started just nine Premier League games last season and the ball-playing midfielder, who has two years left on his Tottenham contract and is valued at £20m, could be the subject of a loan move from Everton, according to the Telegraph.

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With Winks likely to be harbouring hopes of making a late push for a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, the 26-year-old knows he needs to playing week in, week out and impressing.

A move to Goodison Park could provide him with the platform to catch Southgate’s eye.

With Richarlison likely to depart this summer, Lampard will have to find a way of replacing the Brazilian’s priceless goals.

The 25-year-old was Everton’s top scorer last season with 11 goals and he was the only Toffees player to hit double figures.

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In a difficult campaign for Calvert-Lewin – the England striker only netted five times and he’ll be hoping to rediscover his goalscoring touch with a place in Qatar on the line.

Anthony Gordon is only likely going to get better and better after a breakthrough campaign for the England Under-21 star, and playing in-behind a front two could allow the 21-year-old the freedom to go and impose himself on games .

Everton could lighten the goalscoring burden which will inevitably be placed on Calvert-Lewin’s shoulders, if Richarlison does depart, by signing Steven Bergwijn from Spurs.

The Daily Mail report that Everton are interested in signing the Netherlands international who has five goals in as many games for his country.

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Bergwijn has publicly said that he wants to leave Tottenham for more playing time and The Athletic report that Conte has accepted that the 24-year-old winger will leave north London this summer.

Capable of playing as a forward, Bergwijn could replicate the form he has shown for the Oranje at club level if he is given the opportunity to establish himself as a key player on Merseyside.

Bergwijn, who completes Everton’s potential 2022-23 XI, has seven goals and six assists from 60 Premier League games for Spurs, but during his time at PSV Eindhoven he scored 31 goals and provided 41 assists from 149 matches.

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