Things are looking up for Everton – especially with Yannick Bolasie returning

Everton are unbeaten in their last four games but their form will really improve when Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman return and give them some pace

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network

“They had three shots on target, we had two. That shows how we mastered a really good side.” Sam Allardyce’s summary of events at Anfield on Sunday was more than a little biased, but the result was more important than the performance for the new Everton manager and rightly so at this early stage of his tenure. Everton are unbeaten in their last four matches – with the 1-1 draw at Liverpool coming after a 4-0 win over West Ham, a 2-0 win over Huddersfield and a 3-0 win over Apollon Limassol – but Allardyce knows better than anyone that he still has a huge task on his hands.

Everton’s strongest system, let alone their starting line-up, is still a mystery. They have deployed nine different formations in the league this season, which sums up the issues with this muddled squad better than anything. The fact that 22 different players have started for them in the league shows this is a side lacking an identity. Allardyce has managed to take them into the top half of the table but establishing a clear vision for his players will take time.

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