“It’s too early to talk about the top six. You have to prove you are in a good moment every week.”
On when Moise Kean will start:
“When he shows to me in training he’s ready and that he’s better than the others. He’s a quality player but we have to give him time to perform in the way we want.
“We are starting with Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front and we have other solutions from the bench but we are very pleased with him.
“Dominic is a young player also, we have young players who have quality and different qualities across the front line. Dominic is working hard, when you play with one forward it is very hard and he has not scored yet but I hope he starts tonight.
“I’m really confident we have enough quality to start creating more. When you look at our bench now we have many players who can help us.”
Everton’s signing of Italy’s brilliant teenage striker Moise Kean from Juventus was one of the surprise deals of the transfer window.
Kean, 19, emerged as one of Europe’s top young attacking talents in Serie A last season, showing enough promise to be given his full international debut by manager Roberto Mancini in November 2018.
Juventus’ decision to sell Kean prompted surprise and anger among many of the club’s supporters — while Everton’s ability to close out the move was regarded as a major coup for the Merseysiders and director of football Marcel Brands.
This is how the Toffees secured the signature of one of Europe’s brightest young talents, and why former PSV director of football Brands is central to an effective recruitment process.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish will look to impress England manager Gareth Southgate when his winless side host Everton at Villa Park on Friday night.
Three Lions boss Southgate and assistant Steve Holland will watch Grealish, who is yet to earn a senior Three Lions cap, face the unbeaten Toffees.
Grealish will certainly be motivated to impress, given his Villa side have suffered back-to-back league defeats in their opening two games of the season and are desperate for a first victory in front of their home support.
The England coaches will also be there to check on the Toffees’ Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane, with Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton having also been included in the Nations League squad in the summer.
Aston Villa: Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor, Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, Jota, Trezeguet, Wesley
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Schneiderlin, Gomes, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin.
Aston Villa make two changes to the team who lost to Bournemouth at Villa Park last weekend.
Frederic Guilbert and Jota replace Ahmed Elmohamady and Anwar El Ghazi.
Everton make just the one change from the side who defeated Watford at Goodison Park last time out.
Morgan Schneiderlin replaces Jean-Philippe Gbamin in central defensive midfield.
It’s the start of the Bank Holiday weekend!
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