Everton 2017/18

During last season there was a lot spoken about the Premier League being effectively divided into three.

The argument was that there were the six clubs at the top, the majority of teams in the middle and those doing all they can to avoid relegation.

 

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However, it didn’t quite pan out that and one of the main reasons was the performance of Ronald Koeman’s Everton.

The Dutchman introduced new discipline at the club, made some savvy signings and for a long while it looked as though they were going to gate-crash the top six. As it turned out, they were eight points shy of Man Utd’s tally but finished 15 points ahead of eighth placed Southampton.

Everybody at the club is hoping for even more this season.

After years of growing frustration with Bill Kenwright and the board at Everton, new investment was finally made into the club and Koeman has been able to spend that. He also raised a huge amount from the sale of Romelu Lukaku and is likely to get another big boost when Ross Barkley inevitably leaves the club.

Those two players will be a big loss but Koeman and the Toffees faithful believe that the likes of Wayne Rooney, Sandro Rodriguez, Davy Klaasen will add spice to their attack while Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane are astute signings in defence.

With more deals still to be finalised, Everton should be knocking on the door of the top six once again.

Squad List

  • Jordan Pickford
  • Maarten Stekelenburg
  • Joel
  • Leighton Baines
  • Michael Keane
  • Ashley Williams
  • Phil Jagielka
  • Cuco Martina
  • Seamus Coleman
  • Ramiro Funes Mori
  • Jonjoe Kenny
  • Luke Garbutt
  • Morgan Schneiderlin
  • Ross Barkley
  • Aaron Lennon
  • Yannick Bolasie
  • James McCarthy
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Gareth Barry
  • Davy Kaassen
  • Muhamed Besic
  • Tom Davies
  • Mason Holgate
  • Kevin Mirallas
  • Sandro Ramirez
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Oumar Niasse
  • Dominic Calvin-Lewin
  • Ademola Lookman
  • Henry Onyekuru
  • Leandro Rodriguez

Season Predictions

Everton are a best price of 3/1 with BetVictor to finish inside the top six. There is a real chance that they will be able to achieve that goal but the fact that the six teams who finished there last season are all available at odds-on shows you just how tough it’s going to be for the Toffees.

Everton look a very good team but anything above being the ‘best of the rest’ could be beyond them this season.

It’s going to be fascinating to see how Koeman uses Wayne Rooney. A man with his experience and goalscoring record right at the top of the game will be a vital member of the squad but he does have a lot of miles on the clock and cannot be expected to start every game.

That means Sandro Ramirez will almost certainly be the Toffees’ number one striker for the league campaign with others filling in for their European matches.

Best Bets for the Season

Everton to finish with over 59 points at 11/10 with Bet365

Sandro Ramirez to be Everton’s top goalscorer at 28/15 with Ladbrokes