Sam Allardyce hopes the chance to play at the “iconic” Wembley Stadium can inspire his players to a win over Tottenham Hotspur.
With the Lilywhites operating out of the national stadium while work continues on their new home in north London, the Blues have the chance to run out at a venue usually reserved for cup finals and international fixtures.
But while Spurs have overcome the initial readjustment period to life at their temporary home – which saw them drop points to Chelsea, Burnley and Swansea City in their opening three league games there – Allardyce is hoping the occasion is one his players will relish.
He himself has tasted Wembley success, having lifted the Championship Play-Off trophy after his West Ham side defeated Blackpool in 2012.
“Because you are playing at the national stadium I think its special,” he said. “Any opportunity to play there is one that you should really look forward to. We have a lot of players here who have played there a few times already but because of its iconic status, you should look forward to playing there.
“Tottenham look like they have overcome the problems they had in the early stages of playing there. They have got over those negative vibes that everybody seemed to have about it and are a big force there now.
“It will be a tough game to play because of the quality of their side, but you hope Wembley will bring the best out of our players because they have the chance to play in such an iconic stadium."
One player who will relish the opportunity more than most is new striker Cenk Tosun, who could make his Everton debut at Wembley after signing from Besiktas last month.
Should he do so, the 26-year-old frontman would join a exclusive club that also includes the likes of Paul Bracewell and Gary Lineker, who made their Toffees bows in Charity Shield clashes in 1984 and 1985 respectively.
Tosun has now had a week on the training pitches at USM Finch Farm and Allardyce is happy with what he has seen with the striker, and hopes he can “hit the ground running” should he feature against Tottenham.
“Cenk has settled in okay,” he added. “He’s obviously very eager to make an impression and he will be in the squad for the Tottenham game. We have to hope that he can go and hit the ground running, but I don’t think we need to feed him too much information – just let him play his natural game.
“Hopefully that will be good enough to make an impression and make us better as a goalscoring threat.
“That will depend on the players around him delivering the service that he needs to be a threat. The service provided in the final third is one of our weaknesses, which is why we are not scoring enough goals. We don’t have enough natural goalscorers in the squad at the moment so we have to try and improve on that.”