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Who plays at centre-back? Nigel Martyn exclusively tells Everton.News his best centre-back trio

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When everyone’s fit, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has a host of central defensive options.

He has flitted between a back four and a back five at various times this season and the Italian has made Everton more difficult to break down.

But what is his ideal combination? During an exclusive interview with Everton.News, we asked former Toffees goalkeeper Nigel Martyn that question.

He picked a central defensive trio he feels gives Ancelotti enough solidity and pace to keep opponents at bay.

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“It’s difficult – probably Yerry Mina and Michael Keane, if you’re going for two,” said Martyn. “But then you would probably point to a lack of pace with that.

“So you would want Ben Godfrey in there because of his pace. I think the manager wants to get Mina and Keane in there but he likes the protection so going forward it would be a back three.

“Whether it’s Mason Holgate or Godfrey… I prefer Godfrey but it’s a bit harsh on Holgate. He could play right wing-back but Seamus Coleman has still got that drive, desire and glimpses of quality.

“They can share that position a little bit. It isn’t a defensive formation when you’ve got Digne and Coleman who love to bomb on. It’s not like five defenders on the pitch, they can play with a bit more freedom.”

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“Abdoulaye Doucoure’s been a miss. He breaks things up and I think we’d have done better in the games he’s missed had we had him.

“If he plays Allan and Doucoure, which is what I think he wants to do, and James Rodriguez then it’s two of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

“It is going to be one of those who will miss out when everybody’s fit but you need your best goalscorers and firepower on the pitch.”

Martyn has bascially run through his whole starting eleven, with Sigurdsson missing out but potentially coming back in if Rodriguez needs a rest or a game requires a bit more running.

On paper, that 3-5-2 looks a match for most teams in the Premier League.

Ancelotti will hope to progress Everton again next season but it remains to be seen whether he’ll stick to one formation or continue to tinker with various systems.

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  1. Nigel Martyn says Everton should aim for top six

    Read here

  2. Nigel Martyn comments on how Jordan Pickford can get back to his best

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  3. Nigel Martyn discusses Ancelotti dropping Pickford for one match

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  4. Nigel Martyn talks about how empty stadiums are affecting Everton

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