Graphic: Everton’s strongest XI now the transfer deadline has passed

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Do any of Everton’s deadline day deals make their strongest XI?

Everton made a couple of late signings in the summer transfer window, with both Argentine defender Ramiro Funes Mori and former Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon joining on permanent deals.

It takes the Toffees' total number of summer imports to seven players, though fans still remain a little undecided on the club’s decision not to bolster their striker options with a renowned figure.

Roberto Martinez’s side have started the season fairly well, taking five points from a tough run of games which included trips to Southampton and Spurs, as well as a home clash with Manchester City.

Everton don’t have the biggest of squads and their lack of width has been quite evident in the opening Premier League matches, as forward Arouna Kone has moved out wide to compensate.

The addition of Lennon may not get the blood racing, but nonetheless it was a pretty important signing and his wide play will surely be welcomed within the Goodison Park camp.

Martinez has options at his disposal, and the graphic below illustrates what could be his strongest starting XI when he has all of his players fit and in contention.

The back four is fairly self-explanatory, with centre-backs John Stones and Phil Jagielka supporterd by reliable full-backs Seamus Coleman and the currently injured Leighton Baines.

In midfield, Martinez has options with Tom Cleverley, Darron Gibson and Muhamed Besic, but the trio of Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley and James McCarthy is well balanced and technically superb.

The front thee is where Martinez has something of a selection headache, though it’s a problem the Spaniard will welcome as he now has a nice blend of power, pace, skill and finesse.

Lennon brings genuine speed out on the right, though question marks remain over his scoring ability, while Kone and Deulofeu undoubtedly pose a bigger threat in-front of goal.

Record signing Romelu Lukaku is a mainstay up top, though there are alternatives in Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas and new Uruguayan signing Leandro Rodriguez, who arrived from River Plate Montevideo.

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