Everton boss Sam Allardyce is set to make a number of changes for his side’s trip to Apollon Limassol on Thursday night, and could give out as many as five debuts, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Toffees are already out of contention in their Europa League group after a disappointing campaign, and the same fate has happened to their opponents, so the game in Cyprus is a dead rubber.

With Everton facing Liverpool in the first of two Merseyside derbies in as many months on Sunday afternoon, Allardyce is expected to leave many of his senior stars at home, to keep them fresh for the short trip to Anfield.

A number of graduates could come into contention for the Toffees out in Cyprus. Alex Denny, Harry Charsley, Nathan Broadhead, Fraser Hornby and Michael Collins are all being lined up for their debuts in the game.

Four of the five men are teenagers, but they have been featuring regularly in the younger age groups, and could get their chance to shine by the former England manager in what would be just his second match in charge of Everton.

The move would be particularly interesting considering the man who coaches them at under-23 level, David Unsworth, has just been in charge for a month, and decided not to use any of them in the squads he named.

Allardyce is also expected to use the match to test out some of the fringe members of his squad. Everton summer signings Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez were left out for the win over Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, and both could be given the opportunity to prove their worth on Thursday.

While a trip to Cyprus in a cold and dank English winter is a nice respite for Everton fans, their interest, much like their manager’s, will be firmly on getting a rare win over their Merseyside rivals on Sunday.

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