Fraser Hornby and Harry Charsley will make their Everton debuts in tonight’s Europa League clash with Apollon Limassol – while defender Morgan Feeney is handed his first Toffees start.
Scotland Under-19 striker Hornby will lead the line for the Blues, while the versatile Charsley, a Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, starts at left-back.
Bootle-born Feeney, like Charsley an integral member of Everton Under-23s’ Premier League 2 title-winning team last term, played the final 21 minutes of the Goodison encounter with Atalanta a fortnight ago – but has his chance to impress from the off here in Cyprus.
Feeney is set to be partnered in the middle of defence by Bosnia international Muhamed Besic, with Beni Baningime coming into the side at right-back.
Everton’s midfield is flooded with experience. Morgan Schneiderlin, capped 15 times by France, skippers the team, while the other central positions are expected to be occupied by former Ajax captain Davy Klaassen and Belgium international Kevin Mirallas.
Ademola Lookman, who has appeared from the bench in each of the Toffees’ past five Premier League matches, will play on the left flank, with Croat attacker Nikola Vlasic expected to be deployed on the right.
Former Wigan Athletic ‘keeper Joel Robles starts in goal.
Mateusz Hewelt will act as Robles’ understudy, with the Pole joined on Everton’s bench by Shayne Lavery, Nathan Broadhead, Alex Denny, Stephen Duke-McKenna, Anthony Gordon and Michael Collins.