Everton have six potential combinations in midfield this season involving Darron Gibson, Leon Osman and a pair of new acquisitions in James McCarthy and Gareth Barry. These options decide who partners who at the base of the Toffees' midfield.
In most formations Ross Barkley will feature in a forward berth, flanked by the likes of Kevin Mirallas and Steven Pienaar, while this quartet contest the two deeper berths behind them.
Osman, for one, may eventually compete for these forward roles, but here's a look at the strengths and weaknesses of each of these partnerships and which benefits Everton most going forward.
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