It was a long, dark season for Everton last year. After emerging from under the Sam Allardyce umbrella, the Toffees are back and looking to improve from last season’s ninth-place finish.
- Richarlison — 21 — Left Winger — Watford — $40.6M
- Yerry Mina — 23 — Center Back — Barcelona — $31.4M
- Lucas Digne — 25 — Leftback — Barcelona — $20.9M
- Andre Gomes — 25 — Central Midfielder — Barcelona — Loan ($2.3 M)
- Benard — 25 — Left Winger — Shakhtar Donetsk — Free
- Ademola Lookman — 20 — Left Winger — Back from Loan At RB Leipzig
- Davy Klaassen — 25 — Attacking Midfielder — Werder Bremen — $14M
- Ramiro Funes Mori — 27 — Center Back — Villarreal CF — $9.3M
- Henry Onyekuru — 21 — Left Winger — Galatasaray — Loan ($830,000)
- Kevin Mirallas — 30 — Right Winger — Fiorentina — Loan ($520,000)
- Joel Robles — 28 — Goalkeeper — Real Betis — Free
- Conor Grant — 23 — Central Midfielder — Plymouth Argyle — Free
- Wayne Rooney — 32 — Striker — DC United — Free
- Ashley Williams — 33 — Center Back — Stoke City — Loan
Recency bias is screaming at us that this is about to go so, so poorly for Everton. We might as well begin the funeral now. But I’m not there yet. I don’t think they will be as disappointing as last season after they spent $233.5 million in the transfer market and some pundits put them in the Top 4.
In fact, I would put Everton right up there with Leicester as the “for realz” contender for Europe next season. And who knows? If Chelsea is in the tank, they could both sneak in.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is back in a midfield role that could see him stretch out wide and do some damage. Winger Theo Walcott and striker Cenk Tosun will have more time to grow together, and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is coming off a star-performance in the World Cup.
Everton add three players from Barcelona, including Columbia World Cup starlet Yerry Mina, at positions where they needed reinforcements.
The biggest addition is the $50M man — Brazilian winger Richarlison. The former Watford burner shined with Marco Silva as his coach last season.
When Will Your Manager Be Fired
Welcome to the honeymoon period, Marco Silva. The rumors swirled around this man as his Hull City team were relegated two seasons ago, and he ended up at Watford. Then Everton wanted him so he flirted with the Toffees and got caught, sacked and had to wait until this preseason to coach again.
Silva and Everton are a romantic love story that I think will get sweeter and sweeter as the season goes along, especially when Everton finish sixth, one spot ahead of Chelsea.
Which Player Will A Bigger Club Poach?
Speaking of Richarlison, he’s my pick as the player who gets poached after the season. The left winger scored all five of his goals and registered his five assists from last year before Marco Silva was sacked.
The two are reunited in Everton and he’s my pick to lead this squad in scoring, followed closely by Tosun and Walcott.
Unknown to Household
Everton is one of those weird clubs where you’ve heard of most of their roster because they either fell out at a bigger club or they’re international players trying to take the next step in English football. That’s why I think Cenk Tosun will be the household name after this season.
Most of you have heard of him if you pay attention to international football. He’s a Turkish national team member who spent a better part of three years with Besiktas. He scored four goals in Championship League last season and eight in Super Lig before going to Everton.
In 14 games, he scored 5 goals for the Toffees. I think he’ll double that total this year if he’s flanked by Walcott and Richarlison consistently.
33/1 – The best odds to stay safe among clubs in the Top 6. Jumps to 500/1 with Arsenal and Chelsea.