It’s been an intriguing season for Everton so far, with the Merseyside outfit getting off to a stunning start that sent them to the top of the Premier League table.

A drop in form then saw Carlo Ancelotti’s men drop down the standings, but recent form has once again driven them back into contention for a spot in the top four.

The Toffees now sit joint-third, one point behind Manchester United and three off leaders Liverpool.

Like their Merseyside neighbours, Everton have been no stranger to injuries this season, with the left-back position particularly affected.

Regular starter Lucas Digne is set to miss a large chunk of the campaign with an ankle injury suffered in training, while deputy Fabian Delph is also out with a thigh injury.

We take a look at three potential left-back recruits that Ancelotti could target next month.

Faouzi Ghoulam

The Algerian has largely been playing second fiddle to Mario Rui at Napoli this season, with right-back Elseid Hysaj even getting the nod ahead of Ghoulam on occasion.

Ancelotti has already turned to his former club to recruit midfielder Allan, with James Rodriguez another to link up with the Italian once again, and so it would be no surprise to see the manager seek out another reunion.

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Rico Henry

Several Championship stars made the step up to the top-flight in the summer transfer window, with Henry seeing his Brentford team-mates Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma move to Aston Villa and West Ham respectively.

And with an impressive season under his belt so far, the 23-year-old could soon follow in their footsteps.

Marcos Alonso

With the arrival of Ben Chilwell at Stamford Bridge, former starting left-back Alonso looks set to have played his last game in a Chelsea shirt, with the Spaniard making just three league appearances this season.

The Daily Mail claim that he is nearing a temporary switch to Atletico Madrid, but Ancelotti’s prowess and Everton’s challenge for Champions League football could certainly persuade the 30-year-old to stay in England.

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