Chelsea return to the Premier League this weekend as they travel north to take on Everton at Goodison Park, but who would the Blues knock out of Frank Lampard’s Merseyside side?
With Chelsea still looking for another centre-back, James Tarkowski is certainly one of the favorites in this debate. The 29-year-old only recently joined Everton on a free transfer this year after spending seven years with Burnley.
Tarkowski has plenty of Premier League experience, saw Europa League action in 2018/19 after a successful campaign with Burnley, and has already been called up to the England squad for two international friendlies.
The England centre-back has established himself as a consistent starter in Sean Dyche’s Burnley side after creating a defensive partnership with Ben Mee. Standing about six feet tall, Tarkowski is known for winning his heads and throwing himself into challenges, but seems to be in the referee’s book often.
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The 29-year-old could step into Chelsea’s right centre-back role, playing alongside Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulabily as a back five.
Other notable players worth mentioning would be Yerry Mina, Jarrad Branthwaite and Anthony Gordon. Branthwaite is yet to break into the Everton squad but at the age of 20 there is still time and one to watch in the future.
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