Everton vs Chelsea: 3 blues who must start

Chelsea faces a critical challenge this Sunday as they square off against Everton, desperate to reverse their fortunes with a victory
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Chelsea faces a critical challenge this Sunday as they square off against Everton, desperate to reverse their fortunes with a victory. Having suffered a disappointing display against Manchester United on Wednesday, the Blues enter Goodison Park to wipe away the lingering memories of that defeat. On the flip side, Everton approaches the game with a surge in confidence following their impressive 3-0 victory against Newcastle United.

Here are three players Mauricio Pochettino must start.

1. Reece James

It's time for Pochettino to reconsider his experimentation with deploying centrebacks as fullbacks, exemplified by starting Mar Cucurella at left back and reinstating Reece James in the starting lineup at right back. Wednesday's match underscored the shortcomings of this strategy, as both Antony and Alejandro Garnacho exploited the vulnerabilities created by playing out-of-position fullbacks, causing significant challenges for Chelsea. The latest match should prompt a thorough reassessment of tactical choices to guarantee defensive solidity and avoid additional challenges for the team in the future.

Reece James' performance dispelled any concerns about lingering injury issues. His contribution is poised to significantly benefit the team, especially as they strive to regain momentum and return to a positive run of form.

2. Armando Broja

While the Armenian player didn't exactly set the stage ablaze in his recent cameo, Nicolas Jackson's performance was notably subpar, making him unworthy of a starting position on Sunday. Jackson's recent struggles against low blocks add further weight to the argument against his inclusion, potentially playing into Sean Dyche's strategy. Opting to start Broja, who hasn't had extensive minutes at Chelsea, might introduce an unexpected element for Chelsea, catching Everton off guard.

Broja's adept hold-up play possesses the potential to unravel the hosts' defense, offering a different dynamic to the team. His combination of pace and strength adds a valuable dimension, allowing him to exploit opportunities behind the opposition's backline. Introducing a new player like Broja could inject a fresh sense of confidence among the team, especially considering the recent underwhelming displays from Jackson.

3. Benoit Badiashile

Despite the apparent favoritism towards Levi Colwill, Axel Disasi, and Thiago Silva in Pochettino's selections, there's a compelling case for Badiashile to secure a starting spot . His composed demeanor and aerial prowess add a sense of control to the defensive line. Badiashile's ability to contribute goals, as evidenced by his scoring record for CFC, and his role in providing an assist for Colwill against Brighton highlight the valuable impact he can make, particularly from set-pieces. While it may be unlikely, considering Pochettino's preferences, the Frenchman's skills and contributions suggest he deserves serious consideration for a starting position.