Being an Everton fan has never really been easy. David Moyes brought us relative success with a small budget and gave us some good memories but we were always still on the edge. An appearance in the Champions League and an FA Cup Final, as well as solidifying ourselves every year in a Uefa Cup/Europa League position in the league, but no trophies and no real intent. When Moyes left and Martinez came in it provided fresh hope for everyone and we had exciting football for the first time in a good few years. However we lacked defensive capability and never had a plan B and we quickly became exposed and started losing more games than we were winning, leading to a poor league position and the sacking of Martinez.
But we now had money and yet again new hope in the shape of Farhad Moshiri and Ronald Koeman. However pretty much instantly that hope was dashed when the money was invested terribly. Despite the odd game here and there and a few shining lights in the team, Koeman’s Everton failed to provide and he quickly lost the fans with poor, repetitive team selection and the same excuses every week. Moshiri also lost the fans with the appointment of Sam Allardyce, resulting in the worst Everton performances since Walter Smith was in charge.
Allardyce inevitably got the sack at the end of the season and has since been replaced with Marco Silva, a man Moshiri has already trusted with a lot of money in this summer transfer window. However again it seems like a massive amount of money getting invested in average players. He has gotten rid of some dead weight in Ashley Williams and Davy Klaasen, and insists that Ademola Lookman is staying, somebody who I personally feel should be getting a lot of game time and should not be let out on loan. There’s a few more I feel should be gone like Mirallas and McCarthy, but the most important thing is to get a good Centre Back in. We’ve been linked with Mina from Barcelona who performed excellently for Colombia in the World Cup and he would be a great addition but I think we need more than one. I don’t know much about Lucas Digne but apparently he can play there despite primarily being a Left Back but at the same time he needs to be playing in his position because Leighton Baines as much as I hate to say it, has been on the decline in the last couple of years. I want him to stay at the club, as I do Phil Jagielka but they both should be used as back ups at the moment.
Obviously the big focus in the first few weeks will be on Richarlison. A massive price tag on him I’ve heard multiple reports but the most frequent seems to be £35 million plus add-ons. It’s a lot of money to pay for someone who I don’t really remember being outstanding for Watford last season but the manager obviously has a good relationship with him and sees something in him. I also think Cenk Tosun will come good this year given the service. He’ll have had time to build a proper relationship with Walcott, Lookman, Sigurdsson, Niasse, DCL, Dowell, and Richarlison and hopefully with a more attack minded manager he’ll be able to score a decent amount of goals for us this season.
Goals however I don’t think will be our main problem. As the blog post says I have the same worries as usual. At the moment if we make no new signings our defense is probably one of the weakest in the league and it doesn’t matter how good Jordan Pickford is, he can’t save everything. There are going to be gaps everywhere and teams are not going to struggle to exploit them. I certainly worry about playing teams like City, Liverpool, and Arsenal, their pace and quick passing are going to rip us apart the way we’re playing at the moment. We won one friendly 22-0 or something stupid against a team of semi-pros, drew 1-1 to Bury and I think it’s been 4 losses since then, the most recent being 3-2 against Valencia, the most promising performance but also the one that showed more of our weaknesses than any other. I’m hoping maybe we’ll do an England and with no expectation from anyone this year they’ll actually do quite well but I’m not holding my breath and I’m really worried for the coming season.