Everton manager Marco Silva has suggested he could change his team’s formation moving forward now that Yerry Mina has returned to his squad.
The Toffees won 3-1 against Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, with the Colombian being handed his debut for his new club as a substitute in that match.
The return of Mina has come at a good time for Silva, as Kurt Zouma is ineligible to face his parent club Chelsea next weekend, so the former Barcelona defender is expected to replace him in the starting XI.
That does leave a possible selection dilemma when everyone is fit though, because their current defensive partnership has been performing well in recent times.
One option for Silva is to play three at the back, which may well suit his full-backs more than the current formation they have been employing.
The Everton boss gave his thoughts after seeing his side pick up another home win against the Seagulls on Saturday afternoon.
“It is one possibility,” The Liverpool Echo quote him as saying.
“Unfortunately, I did not have enough central defenders during pre-season to prepare the team more because it is a formation I have used many, many times before and is a formation I like.
“It is one formation we are ready to use, especially with the full-backs in our squad and the players we have in our attack as well.
“It is one possibility we have in our squad and when we prepare our squad we will to play three at the back if we need to.”
Silva paid £27.5 million to bring Mina to Goodison Park from Barcelona, and having been forced to wait a long time for a foot issue to clear up, the Portuguese boss is likely to want to build his defence around the Colombia international.
The centre-back will face his first big test in an Everton shirt on Sunday afternoon, when his side goes up against Chelsea and their powerful attacking unit.