Everton U23s start their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a visit to Notts County on Tuesday night.
The game kicks off at Meadow Lane at 7:45 pm and promises to be a test for David Unsworth's Premier League 2 Champions with a number of his best players from last season now out on loan.
Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of Unsworth's starting XI is whom he did not select. Jonjoe Kenny was not in the squad, suggesting that he could either be involved at first-team level when Ronald Koeman names his team to face Hajduk Spit in the Europa League or that the young fullback is on the verge of securing a loan move himself.
Callum Connolly, another player who got minutes in Koeman's team in pre-season, starts along with Josh Bowler, Bassala Sambou and Luke Garbutt.
The Blues struggled in the first half, conceding two goals at the break, but Anton Donkor came in and reduced the deficit after 56 mins. However, it wasn't enough and the Everton start the first of their three group games with a loss.
Everton U21/U23: Gray, Connolly, Garbutt (46' Donkor), Jones, Charsley, Foulds, Grant, Baningime, Bowler
(46' Evans), Feeney (56' Gibson), Sambou.
Subs: Renshaw, Denny, Bramall, Broadhead.