Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Everton preview – On the up

Everton are heading towards the new season in good spirits following the arrival of Moise Kean from Juventus. They’ll be looking to challenge Leicester and Wolves for that “best of the rest” seventh position. Next on our Premier League previews list is Marco Silva and his Everton side.

State of play

As mentioned above, Everton have made waves in the transfer market this summer – mostly with their signing of the highly rated Juventus starlet Moise Kean. The young forward set Everton back £25million, which for a player of his quality and age in today’s market is an absolute bargain.

As well as Kean, Everton have signed midfielder Andre Gomes following his loan spell last season, as well as central midfielders Fabian Delph from Manchester City and Jean-Philippe Gbamin from FSV Mainz. All-in-all they’ve spent somewhere in the region of £78million this summer – a fee which could yet increase as they seem set to sign Monaco full back Djibril Sidibe.

As far as pre-season goes, Everton have managed just one win in their seven games over the last month or so. Of the other six games, Marco Silva’s side lost three and drew three. Their only win of pre-season came against Monaco a week or so back.

Everton Signing of the Summer

Moise Kean. Not even a question for me who this one would be going to. I don’t just see this as Everton’s signing of the summer, it’s up there with one of the best summer signings in the entire Premier League. Beaten only by Man City’s coup of Rodri and Tottenham’s capture of Tanguy Ndombele in my eyes.

Kean will bring pace, power, a knack for goal scoring and above all else, a wicked celebration. Everton have pulled off an absolute blinder with this one and I can’t wait to watch how he develops in the Premier League over the coming years. One of the best young players in the world, now at Everton – who foresaw that one happening six weeks ago?

Kieran’s verdict

As I said earlier, Everton will be looking to challenge Wolves and Leicester for the Premier League’s best of the rest title. They’ve made some good signings and already have a pretty decent squad, but it is better than that of the Foxes or Wolves? I’m not so sure.

They certainly shouldn’t struggle to make the top half, but whether or not they can claim that final European spot is a different matter entirely. Wolves will still be the favourites for that, despite a season of Thursday night trips to the back end of nowhere ahead of them.

Personally, I see Everton finishing a healthy ninth/tenth in the league this year. If I was Marco Silva, you know you’re not gonna get relegated, you know you’re probably not going to break the top six, you just HAVE to properly go for it in the cup competitions. A League Cup or FA Cup trophy is not beyond them this season – and I can see them doing it too.

*All transfer information taken from https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/fc-everton/transfers/verein/29

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