Last season, Everton replaced David Moyes with Roberto Martinez, and the spaniard had his team playing some really attractive football, as he lead Everton to a fifth place finish. This season, the blue half of Merseyside will be hoping to go one better, and break into those illusive UEFA Champions League spots.
Key Player: Club record signing Romelu Lukaku is the basket that Everton have put all of their eggs in this season. After 2 seasons on loan, one at West Brom, Lukaku finally left Chelsea this summer on a permanent transfer, with Everton splashing out £28m for the young Belgian striker. Everton haven’t been known for splashing the cash in recent years, so such a big dent in the budget will leave little more for other players. Lukaku will no doubt need to better his 16 goals last season if he is to justify the price tag.
Romelu Lukaku – £28m (Chelsea)
Gareth Barry – Free (Manchester City)
Muhamed Besic – £4m (Ferencvaros)
Brendan Galloway – Undisclosed (MK Dons)
Magaye Gueye – Free (Millwall)
Last season’s Premier League finish: 5th
Predicted League Finish: 7th
With Everton capturing two of last seasons loan deals on permanent contracts, it’s a fairly similar look to the squad at Roberto Martinez’s disposal. The only new face so far at Goodison Park is Muhamed Besic, a midfielder signed from Ferencvaros. One big positive for Everton this summer has been Ross Barkley and John Stones have signed new long term deals with the club.
However, with the rest of the league’s big guns strengthening, we doubt Everton can repeat their fifth placed finish, without more signings.