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Premier League restart preview No 8: Everton

Carlo Ancelotti’s side entered the break in poor form and maybe he will now give young players, such as Anthony Gordon and Lewis Gibson, a chance

What was the situation like when the league was suspended on 13 March? Carlo Ancelotti entered lockdown brooding over a painful reality check with his new club. It could be one that benefits him and Everton in the long-term, however. Five wins in his first eight Premier League matches, building on the fine work of Duncan Ferguson as caretaker manager, had encouraged talk from the manager of European qualification and only minor repair work being necessary in the summer transfer market. Anyone who has watched an expensively-assembled squad toil over recent seasons knew both to be hugely optimistic assessments.

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