Can the Toffees break the glass ceiling and get into the ‘Top 6’ this season?
Welcome back to ‘The 2019-20 Premier League Season Preview’ – a feature series that previews all 20 clubs of the Premier League ahead of the new football season.
It’s time to visit Merseyside and preview… Everton.
MANAGER: Marcos Silva
CAPTAIN: Leighton Baines
ODDS TO WIN THE LEAGUE: 200-1 (via Oddschecker)
In some ways, the Premier League is, in fact, two separate leagues. You have the ‘Top 6’ (Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal & Man Utd) and then you have the rest, with Everton arguably the best of the rest.
With the club recently announcing new plans for a state-of-the-art stadium and having a billionaire owner in Farhad Moshiri who is more than prepared to put his hands in pockets, Everton’s future is looking very bright.
If they were to break into the top echelon of the league (with the likes of Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers trying to the same), The Toffees‘ future would be even brighter.
HOW THEY FINISHED IN THE LAST FIVE SEASONS
2014-15 – 11th (Premier League)
2015-16 – 11th (Premier League)
2016-17 – 7th (Premier League)
2017-18 – 8th (Premier League)
2018-19 – 8th (Premier League)
Premier League – 8th
FA Cup – Fourth Round
Carabao Cup – Third Round
Top Scorer – League: Gylfi Sigurðsson & Richarlison (13), All: Gylfi Sigurðsson & Richarlison (14)
André Gomes (Barcelona – £22m)
Fabian Delph (Manchester City – Undisclosed)
Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield Town – Free Transfer)
Ademola Lookman (Red Bull Leipzig – £22.5m)
Nikola Vlašić (CSKA Moscow – £14m)
Jonjoe Kenny (Schalke – Loan)
Sandro Ramírez (Real Valladolid – Loan)
Phil Jagielka (Sheffield United – Free Transfer)
Ashley Williams – Released
GK – Pickford, Stekelenburg, Lössl
DF – Holgate, Baines, Keane, Digne, Mina, Martina, Coleman, Pennington
MD – Bolasie, Delph, Sigurðsson, McCarthy, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Bernard, André Gomes, Davies, Williams, Baningime, Bešić, Mirallas
FW – Walcott, Cenk Tosun, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Onyekuru
PLAYER TO LOOK OUT FOR – ANDRÉ GOMES
After being regarded as one of the worst signings in the club’s history, Barcelona was more than happy to offload André Gomes to Everton last season.
Gomes looked out of his depth at the Nou Camp on too many occasions. But his super-slick passing and composed, purposeful dribbling skills have wowed the crowds on Merseyside. And after transferring to Everton permanently for £22m earlier this summer, Europe’s elite must be wondering how they could have let the midfield maestro slip from under their noses.
Expect the 25-year-old to push on this season and reach the potential that has been around him for many years now.
“One man’s mistake is another man’s opportunity” could easily be used to describe Everton’s capture of Gomes after Barcelona potentially writing off the Portuguese midfielder too soon.
HEAD-TO-HEAD AGAINST CHELSEA
Matches played – 181
Won – 55
Drawn – 54
Lost – 72
HOW MUCH OF A THREAT WILL THEY BE TO CHELSEA?
On their day, Everton can easily be a thorn in the side of Chelsea, especially at Goodison Park. But with only one win in their last seven – with that win coming last season – Everton are very much out of form against the Blues.
WHERE WILL THEY FINISH?
It would take a monumental effort this season from anyone outside of the ‘Top 6’ to break into any of those six spots. With this in mind, seventh place once again (with that position giving the team an outside chance of European football for the 2020-21 season) seems to be the position that certain clubs will be fighting over.
Everton will be in that battle – alongside Leicester, Wolves, West Ham to name a few – and it will get tight along the way no doubt. But something tells me that Everton will just miss out and finish eighth for the third season in a row.
Predicted position: 8th
Come back for part 9 tomorrow when we continue our season preview by hunting out The Foxes over at Leicester City.