Jordan Pickford – £ 30m

Everton broke their transfer record when they signed Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford in 2017.

The England international has not yet participated in pre-season training for the Blues after playing for his country in the European Championship.

While Pickford is still on vacation, his position as goalkeeper of choice is unlikely to be challenged by Rafa Benitez.

Asmir Begovic has signed on as cover from Bournemouth but unless there are fitness concerns about Pickford, England’s No. 1 will start in goal against Southampton on August 14th.

Denzel Dumfries – £ 21.5m

Everton has been linked to a number of new right-backs and the player whose name keeps coming up is Denzel Dumfries.

The PSV Eindhoven full-back has drawn the attention of several clubs across Europe, including Serie A winners Inter Milan.

Whether Everton will actually sign the player is another question, but if so, you might think that the Dutch international will start straight away.

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Ben Godfrey – £ 20m

Center-back will be interesting in Benitez’s first season, with Ben Godfrey certainly putting his name in the hat to be a regular.

The pre-season will give Godfrey a chance to impress Benitez and claim to be one of his most trusted defenders for the season ahead.

Yerry Mina – £ 25m

One of the veteran members of Benitez’s squad but not sure about starting against Southampton.

Benitez will also be able to use Michael Keane, but Mina is likely to be close and could start against the Saints.

The 26-year-old was with Colombia for the Copa America but will return to pre-season training in August and push for the opening game to begin.

Lucas Digne – £ 18m

Left-back is one area where Everton has a player who is all but pegged to start in the Premier League.

Lucas Digne may have sustained an injury at the European Championships with France but is well on the way to playing in the pre-season.

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Jean-Philippe Gbamin – € 25 million

A player who hasn’t really got his chance in an Everton jersey, but through no fault of his own due to injuries.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin is fit again and is preparing for the season with the squad and is already impressing Benitez and Co.

The 25-year-old has spent a lot of time on the sidelines over the past two years but if he can move past those injuries Everton will have something of a signing up.

If he continues to impress in pre-season, Benitez will have no choice but to start against Southampton.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – £ 20m

Another of Ancelotti’s big signings last summer that is likely to play a pivotal role in the coming season.

Along with Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure is likely to be a key figure in midfield for the coming season.

Benitez have a host of other options too, but Doucoure will likely come out on top and start against Southampton.

Demarai Gray – £ 1.7m

A new signing for Everton and Demarai Gray could play a key role early in his blues career.

The signs from pre-season training are that the former Leicester striker is impressive and Benitez may want to take advantage of his new signing from the start.

With Richarlison away with Brazil for the Olympics, it is unlikely that he will be fit and ready to start the Premier League season with his club.

As a result, Gray could make his competitive blues debut on opening day.

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James Rodriguez – Free transfer

There has been a lot of talk about James Rodriguez’s future at Everton in recent months, especially after Ancelotti’s departure to Real Madrid.

He has been in preparatory training since the beginning after he was excluded from the Colombian squad for the Copa America.

He’s keeping him fit and if he stays an Everton player until then, James will likely join Benitez’s starting XI to face Southampton.

Dwight McNeil – £ 25m *

Another potential addition here, with Everton keen to bring Dwight McNeil to Goodison Park.

Should the Blues get a deal across the line, one could imagine that he will play a key role for the season ahead.

That is of course a big if.

Should McNeil become an Everton player in the new weeks or something, Benitez will likely want to add him to his starting XI to face the Saints.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – £ 1.5m

Another player who was part of the English squad that reached the finals of the European Championship.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin was on vacation and has yet to meet with his Everton team-mates for pre-season training.

Since he was rarely used for the Three Lions at the EM, the striker is not expected to be tired.

Should he return to pre-season fit and health, Benitez would like his star striker to face Southampton on the team’s opening day.

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