Table Review: 8th, 49 points, 13 Wins, 10 Draws, 15 Losses, Goals For: 44, Goals Against: 58, Goal Difference: -14.
Manager: Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce
Top Scorer: Wayne Rooney, 10 Goals
Everton endured a tough season in 2017-18. Often viewed as the seventh largest club in England, they failed to reach expectations of European football. They began the Premier League well, picking up a home win against Stoke, and a draw away to Manchester City.
However, it was the next three matches that set up the pattern of their season, as they endured convincing losses to Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United. Although their form remained unstable throughout the season, it was their inability to pick up meaningful results against the top six clubs that was the most exasperating for the Everton faithful. They amassed just four points from twelve matches in those fixtures.
After a poor start, Everton parted ways with manager Ronald Koeman. Shortly afterwards they announced his successor, Sam Allardyce, who held the role for the remainder of the season. Allardyce left the club in May, as Everton looked to reset for the season ahead.
IN: Richarlison – LW – €39.2M, Lucas Digne – LB – €20.2M, Bernard – LW – Free, Yerry Mina – CB – €30.3M, Andre Gomes – CM – Loan (€2.3M)
OUT: Davy Klaassen – CM – €13.5M, Ramiro Funes Mori – CB – €10M, Wayne Rooney – CAM/ST – Free
Ex-Watford manager, Marcos Silva, was brought in upon the exit of Sam Allardyce, to make the most of the group of under-performing players, as well as to bring in fresh energy and fresh blood. Silva immediately poached a player from his old club, left winger Richarlison.
Richarlison enjoyed a great season with Watford in 2017-18, and will look to repeat his efforts with Everton. Although the price was steep, Toons fans can be assured that they have picked up a genuine talent in the young Brazilian. To compliment the left side, left back Lucas Digne found a new home, exiting FC Barcelona. A classy and composed presence was needed as Leighton Baines ages, and the move represented a smart investment in the future.
In a flurry of activity on deadline day, Everton captured Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes from Barcelona. They also added Bernard from Shaktar Donetsk, to compliment Richarlison on the flank. The moves added instant quality, at affordable costs. Toon fans would be delighted with the moves.
The exits of Davy Klaasen, Ramiro Funes Mori and Wayne Rooney can only be seen as positives for the club, clearing unwanted players from their list, whilst freeing up the wage bill in the process.
The window saw Everton make a series of astute purchases, and was a roaring success.
Predicted Starting XI
Although Morgan Schneiderlin, Leighton Baines, Oumar Niasse and Phil Jagielka were regular fixtures in the side last season, the development of youth, as well as new signings, sees them miss out this season.
New signing Digne will be tasked, if not immediately, with the starting job on the left side of the defense, and Tom Davies is set to take over from Schneiderlin in the midfield. Richarlison will add much needed speed on the flanks, and January signing Cenk Tosun will look to replicate his 2017-18 form.
Deadline day signings Gomes, Bernard and Mina will likely slot straight into the first XI, seeing Davies, Walcott and Holgate drop back to the substitutes bench.
Table Prediction: 7th, 58 points, 16 Wins, 10 Draws, 12 Losses, Goals For: 56, Goals Against: 52, Goal Difference: +4.
Manager: Marcos Silva
Top Scorer: Cenk Tosun, 15 Goals
Everton looks to be set up for an improved season. Without any European football to wear out the squad, and with new energy in the squad, Marcos Silva must return the Toons to their role as challengers to the top six. A fresh tactical approach is required, and Silva seems like just the man to provide it.
Look for a solid defensive setup to be the norm, with vicious counterattacks through the pace of Richarlison and Walcott to be devastating in effect. With talk of Yerry Mina joining in the coming days, that defensive front will be difficult to break down. Although a challenge on the top six seems unlikely this season, Everton will springboard themselves back, ready for 2019-20.
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