Everton confirm squad numbers for Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu

The Everton players' squad numbers for next season have been announced.

Everton have confirmed their squad numbers for the new campaign in a post on their official website.

The majority of players have kept the numbers they wore last season; however the emergence of John Stones in the last 12 months is clear as the centre-back switches from number 26 to number five.

Stones featured 28 times for Everton last season and he is now a vital part of manager Roberto Martinez’s side.

New signings Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu have also been allocated their numbers, with the former taking 15 and the latter wearing 19.

Everton had a mixed campaign last season, initially struggling before pulling clear of the bottom few clubs as the Premier League came to a close and ultimately finishing comfortably in 11th.

Martinez will no doubt be hoping for considerably better than that when the new campaign kicks off and if he can bring in a few more quality reinforcements there is no reason why Everton cannot push on.

Cleverley and Deulofeu will both be key, while Conor McAleny – who will wear the number 35 next season – will be hoping to bring his impressive pre-season form to the field when it really matters.

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