Everton had a pretty tough season in the Premier League as settling for 12th position this year. On the other hand, their Merseyside rivals Liverpool clinched their first Premier League title in 30 years. The Toffees also dismissed Silva in the middle of the season and roped in Carlo Ancelotti.
Taking charge of the Toffees midseason, Ancelotti will now be responsible to make improvements in the squad. However, Ancelotti and Everton only have 6 weeks to sort things out before the kickstart the next PL campaign. Ancelotti has predominantly used 4-4-2 since his appointment at Everton. Keeping that in mind, we look at the positions where Everton needs to improve…
What does Everton Require to compete for European Football?
Everton have realized that they need to improve in the middle of the park. As a result, they have roped in the 29-year-old Allan from Napoli. Allan has done wonders under Carlo during his stint at Napoli making Ancelotti keen to bring him at Goodison Park. The Brazillan will be a massive upgrade over the likes of Davies and Delph in midfield.
In midfield, they have also signed French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure. The 27 year old from Watford can very well turn out to be a pretty solid signing for the Toffees, for their upcoming campaign.
In the attacking midfield department, they have signed James Rodriguez. The Colombian is someone who Carlo Ancelotti has known since a pretty long time, and can hopefully revive his once-promising career in the Premier League.
One of the biggest disappointments for Everton has been Alex Iwobi, who has failed to cement a starting 11 slot for himself. Benard and Walcott have combined for only 11 goal contributions this season and struggled to hit find form. Bernard and Walcott might have to look at a future away from due to their high wages while the latter has just 15 months left on this contract.
Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen could be a good option for the Toffees given the players’ ability to feature on either wing. Everton could also look at Watford’s Ismaila Sarr or Gerard Deulofeu as cheaper alternatives.
Everton is in the market for a good quality right back and Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot can be a good option. Dalot has struggled for minutes after Aaron Wan Biasska’s arrival and would be looking for a move away from Old Trafford. He would reportedly cost just £10m for the Toffees who are looking for a long term replacement for Coleman.
What awaits Everton?
Everton have made some really shrewd signings in the transfer market this time around. Coupled with one of the best managers in Europe, Everton could very well turn out to be the second Merseyside club to compete in the top 6 of the Premier League this time around.
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