Season Previews 2010/11 – Everton

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Everton

Last Season: 8th

New Signings: Gueye, Silva, Beckford, Mucha

Key Player: Mikel Arteta

One To Watch: Seamus Coleman

Needs A Big Year: Sylvain Distin

Would Quite Like: To keep all their good players, to keep all their good players injury free, to overtake Liverpool.

Moyes searches his pockets for some loose change/transfer funds.

Prediction: 7th

Thoughts: Despite having next to money to spend, David Moyes and Everton continue to overachieve every season. Last year they finished end up 8th which doesn’t sound like overachieving but for a long while they were in the race for a Champions League place.

Part of Everton’s problem last season was a very slow start (beginning with a 6-1 home thrashing by Arsenal) coupled with serious injuries to half a team’s worth of players. The whole Lescott saga ran right until the end of the transfer window meaning no adequate replacement was found and key player Arteta was out until the spring. Yet despite all of this Moyes eventually put together a side which consistently held their own against the sides above them.

So what of this season? Well everyone is fit and Everton have held on to every key player, with only Pienaar yet to sign a new deal. The midfield is particularly talented and as a result Moyes often plays five of them with Cahill pushed forward to support Saha. A lot rests on those two scoring 25-30 goals between them, as there aren’t too many other attacking options. Yakubu looks to be on his way out while new signings Gueye and Beckford are unproven, though intriguing.

While the 451 formation results in accusations of negativity, Everton aren’t a bad team to watch with Arteta in particular creating chance after chance and Pienaar running from deep. Moyes will hope for strong seasons from Rodwell, Baines (again) and Bilyaletdinov and for his defence to stay solid under the guidance of Howard and Jagielka.

It’s tricky to predict the season for Everton, their talented first team is capable of finishing high up the table, but inevitable injuries mean the replacements in the squad are often relied on with mixed results. I’d like to predict higher than 7th but the clubs ahead of them have such bigger resources that invariably it shows in the final table.

T.

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