The FIVE Everton debuts Frank Lampard could hand out against Boreham Wood in FA Cup
Frank Lampard could look to make changes from Everton’s loss against Manchester City amid a Premier League relegation battle.
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The Toffees are 78 places above the National League visitors in the football pyramid.
It would be an almighty giant-killing if the Wood were to triumph at Goodison Park.
Still, the cup is not at the top of Frank Lampard’s priority list. Survival in the Premier League is very much the only thing the Everton manager is thinking about.
The Blues sit just one place and one point above the drop zone after a cruel 1-0 loss to leaders Manchester City last weekend.
For the Boreham Wood clash, Lampard will be without eight first-team players.
Five of them, including Dominic Calvert-Lewin are injured, while January signings Donny van de Beek, Dele Alli and Anwar El Ghazi are all cup-tied.
Indeed, Everton’s numbers are depleted but Lampard still may want to rest some of his key players.
Therefore, he could look to utilise the youth at Goodison and hand some fledgling talents the chance to impress.
Here’s a look at who could make debuts or the full debuts if that is the case.
Nathan Patterson - debut
It's been almost two months since the right-back signed for Everton.
When Patterson joined from Rangers for a fee of up to £16 million in the January transfer window, there were some fans who expected him to be challenging Seamus Coleman for a starting spot.
That hasn't been the case, however. Patterson has had to be patient at Goodison Park and await his chance.
Given the Blues' battle at the foot of the table, Lampard knows he requires nous and experience.
It's why Coleman's retaining his berth and Jonjoe Kenny has been playing at left-back over Vitaliy Mykolenko.
But Patterson is highly rated and impressed Lampard during training.
The 20-year-old has already been capped six times for Scotland, has Europa League experience and won the Scottish Premiership.
Patterson's one for the future but it'll be intriguing to see how he fares.
Coleman’s experience in the relegation dogfight will be crucial and he could be given a breather.
Lewis Dobbin - full debut
There was relief among supporters when the forward finally put pen to paper on a contract last month.
Amid interest from the Bundesliga, some feared Dobbin would depart when his previous deal expired in the summer.
Instead, he's committed his future on Merseyside and will now be looking to make inroads into the first team.
For the under-23s this season, Dobbin, 19, has scored three goals in 12 games.
He's also made four appearances off the bench for the first team. The latest was the 3-2 win at Hull City in the third round of the FA Cup.
With Calvert-Lewin absent, Lampard may not want to risk Richarlison along with Demarai Gray, who returned from injury against Man City.
Alex Iwobi is another who could be given a spell of respite.
In a 4-3-3 formation, Dobbin could slot into a left-wing role.
Tyler Onyango - full debut
It was the FA Cup in which the midfielder was handed his Everton bow.
Since then, the England youth international has made three further outings.
Each one of them have been in the Premier League this season against Man City, Chelsea and Aston Villa.
Onyango was handed a 25-minute runout in the 1-0 loss to Villa in January when replacing the injured Abdoulaye Doucoure.
The 18-year-old has regularly trained with the first team this season, while he's played eight times for the under-23s.
Lampard only has Doucoure - who came back from injury against Man City - and Allan as senior midfield options.
They’re both indispensable players and at least one may not be risked.
Reece Welch - debut
Highly-regarded Jarrad Branthwaite is likely to be handed a runout against Boreham Wood.
But with Michael Keane and Mason Holgate the only current fit senior centre-backs at Goodison - with Ben Godfrey (hamstring) and Yerry Mina (quad) sidelined - Lampard could be tempted to rest the pair.
The 6ft 4inch defender has been on Everton's books since he was seven and signed professional terms in September 2020.
Although Welch is still to make his Blues bow, he was named in math-day squads for Premier League games against Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur in April 2021.
The 18-year-old has scored one goal in 18 outings for the under-23s this season. He is also an England under-19 international.
Welch has again trained with Everton ahead of the game.
Isaac Price - debut
Another youngster spotted in the latest training picture is Price.
Like Welch, he penned professional terms at Everton in September 2020 and was on the bench for the games against Brighton and Tottenham last season.
Price, 18, is a midfielder who has scored once in 18 games for the under-23s this term.
The teenager has also represented England and Northern Ireland at youth level.