Everton find themselves in a great position in the Premier League as they approach the halfway point of their campaign.

The Blues are currently in sixth place in the table, but have at least one game in hand on the majority of sides around them - and two extra matches to play than others.

Picking up a strong amount of points in those fixtures would send Carlo Ancelotti's side even higher and would set them up with a great chance of securing European football at the end of the term.

That was goal at the beginning of the season, and the manager has so far been pretty clear on the players he trusts to help him achieve that aim.

Injury issues might have hampered Everton over the last few weeks, but the Italian does have certain stars that he looks to more than most when they are available.

But who comes out at the top of this list? Who has spent the biggest proportion of the time that they were available, and in the matchday squad, on the pitch for the Blues this term?

To find out, we took some research looking at both the amount of minutes each player has made in the Premier League this campaign - comparing that to how many they could have made if they were on the pitch for the full game every time they were included in a matchday squad.

This would help discount time spent on the sidelines due to injury and suspension, and would focus in on the players who have spent the most amount of possible time in helping the Blues to success.

Unsurprisingly in a sense, it's Dominic Calvert-Lewin who comes out on top of the list - with 97.85% of his available time being spent on the pitch.

The striker missed his side's last game against Wolverhampton Wanderers through injury but has taken part in every other Premier League game Everton have played in 2020/21.

In fact, there have only been three occasions this term in which the striker has been substituted - in the opening two matches of the season, and in his last appearance against West Ham.

As well as a trust in his forward, that probably points to Ancelotti not having a wealth of options in terms of strikers.

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Second in the list is Lucas Digne, who is only slightly behind the England international with 97.78% of his available minutes being spent on the pitch.

The left-back has only made nine appearances in the Premier League this season due to having ankle surgery in November, but is someone the boss has used heavily whenever he has been fit.

The only minutes that the defender has missed when he would usually have been available came thanks to his 72nd-minute sending off against Southampton.

Another injured star in Allan is third on the list with 95.34%, with fellow summer signing Abdoulaye Doucoure claiming fourth with a score of 94.9%.

It's little surprise to see Ancelotti rely heavily on these two whenever they have been available, with the latter starting every Premier League match of the season so far for his new side.

Making up the top five is Michael Keane with a score of 92.55%, thanks to a brilliant run of form since the return from lockdown back in June.

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The centre-back has established himself as one of the most dependable players in the squad through his strong displays, despite increased competition in that area of the pitch.

The rest of the top ten comprise of Ben Godfrey, James Rodriguez, Jordan Pickford, Yerry Mina and Richarlison - who all score between 89% and 86%.

That places four of Ancelotti's summer signings very high on this list, which goes to prove in some sense what a strong summer Everton had in the last transfer window.

For some players, however, it's not such good news.

Bernard, for example, finds himself with a figure of just 17.71% - having been involved in every single matchday squad in this season's Premier League so far, but only playing 271 minutes in the competition.

For context, despite Fabian Delph playing less minutes with 212 under his belt this term, he has only been in a squad on six occasions thanks to injuries - so his score in our research comes out at 39.26%.

Cenk Tosun has also not managed much time on the pitch so far in the Premier League at least, thanks to his return from a long-term issue and the form of Calvert-Lewin.

Despite being in a squad 11 times, he's spent just 4.34% of the potential minutes he could have done on the pitch.

What does become clear is that Ancelotti has his core of trusted players, which will not come as a surprise to many reading.

Competition is rife in some areas in the squad, with Alex Iwobi and Gylfi Sigurdsson in particular picking up more game-time recently thanks to injuries and their respective increases in form.

But a spine of the team is clearly trusted by the manager and is helping the side to important results for the time-being.

That could be a crucial aspect over the coming weeks and months if Everton are to challenge for potentially even as high as the Champions League places this season.