Everton manager Sean Dyche simply has to play James Garner in a central role for the Toffees this season.

The £15m man is renowned for his versatility and has been utilised in a number of positions since he moved to Goodison Park last summer.

Indeed, the 22-year-old filled in at right-back towards the end of last season, as he did during England U-21’s successful tournament at the European Championships.

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An injury to Alex Iwobi, who today has been linked with a move to Fulham, saw Garner fill in at right-wing during the weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves.

However, while versatility can be an asset within any squad, Everton are yet to see Garner at his best as his playing time in central midfield has been limited since his move last summer.

The former Manchester United player missed much of last season through injury and has been tasked with fulfilling a number of different roles since his return.

Nottingham Forest got the best out of Garner, Everton must play him in preferred role

There is no doubt that his best position is central midfield, where he had a very impressive season whilst on loan at Nottingham Forest during the 2021/22 campaign.

James Garner was integral in Forest’s return to the Premier League, with his creativity and midfield industry making him a key player in Steve Cooper’s side.

Indeed, the 22-year-old contributed four goals and eight assists in the Championship, recording 10 assists in all competitions in what was a superb campaign for the Birkenhead-born player.

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Everton have struggled creatively for some time and Garner has looked out of sorts in a wide right role and is clearly not being played in his best position.

The Toffees are waiting for Jack Harrison to be available this season, who recently joined on loan carrying a hip injury, and once he is fit Sean Dyche must move James Garner inside, with Harrison playing on the wing.

Idrissa Gueye, who has been poor of late, could drop to the bench, with Doucoure and Onana sitting deeper while Garner creates from a central midfield role, giving Dyche’s starting XI far more balance.

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