James Garner could be moved back to midfield for Everton this season after Stoke City hint.

Sean Dyche named his latest starting line-up this afternoon as the Toffees take on Stoke and has included Garner alongside Idrissa Gana Gueye and Abdoulaye Doucoure in the middle of the park.

Garner joined Everton from Manchester United last summer but spent three months on the sidelines before making his comeback in February to a struggling Everton side.

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While the England U-21 international earned his plaudits from playing in midfield whilst on loan with Nottingham Forest, Dyche opted to start him at right-back as the club looked to avoid relegation to the Championship.

Garner massively impressed with his ‘tidy’ performances for Everton and went onto play in the same position as England won the U-21 Euros this summer.

There was question marks over where the 22-year-old would play this season, however the Toffees’ XI to take on the Potters suggests he could be moved further up the pitch.

James Garner will be happy to return to midfield against Stoke City

James Garner was clearly content with playing anywhere on the pitch for Everton if it meant he picked up plenty of minutes, however he will have been delighted if he is given a chance to prove himself in his natural position.

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The Manchester United academy graduate will be eager to impress ahead of their Premier League clash with Fulham in a couple of weeks as he looks to confirm his place in Sean Dyche’s first team plans.

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