How Ancelotti could lineup with Everton next season after signing James Rodriguez

Everton have signed star midfielder James Rodriguez for £22m from Real Madrid.

The 29-year-old Colombian signed a two-year deal with an option for a third season linking up with Carlo Ancelotti for the third time, having played under him at Bayern Munich and Real.

There has been a strong intent from the club to push for top 6 and their recruitment of Ancelotti backs up that claim.

Let’s look at how Everton could lineup with the signings:

1. 4-4-2:

This was Ancelotti’s most used formation last season with Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin playing upfront using their pace and athleticism to unsettle the opposition defense.

Iwobi played mostly on the right last season but we can all agreed that he is more comfortable on the left wing where he can cut in with his favorite foot and with James Rodriguez providing expert services from the other wing, this team could be a difficult one to face.

The 2 full backs would be overlapping a lot to allow Iwobi and Rodriguez to drift centrally, but that would not be a problem with Allan and Andre Gomes playing centrally.

Gomes who is more technical and has a guaranteed spot in the team would link up nice with Rodriguez and Iwobi going forward but he is still capable of breaking up attacks and covering defensively. He gets to do that with a relentless midfielder in Allan who is perfect for the kind of expansive play Ancelotti would be looking to implement at Everton.

In my opinion, Mina and Keane are the best options to partner at centre-back, and the obvious choice in goal is Pickford.

2. 4-2-3-1:

Ancelotti might have been forced to use 4-4-2 last season because he didn’t have the properly creative number 10 he wanted. He could switch to a 4-2-3-1, with James Rodriguez as his creative force in the number 10 position.

Iwobi would play on the right and Richarlison would play on the wing, a position he has played in well often.

Much of the team would not change as Ancelotti would still need Allan and Gomes in midfield to complement the attacking power in front of them.

There is no denying the improvement James Rodriguez would bring to the team, and with players like Iwobi around him… he should thrive next season.

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