There aren’t that many Premier League seasons when we get to April and Everton still have a chance of Champions League football. Win their games in hand, and a top-four place is possible. The current form isn’t great, but another season of manager Carlo Ancelotti’s magic could bring success to Goodison.
Everton are a club with big ambitions, and they want to emerge from the shadow of neighbor Liverpool. The new ground is on its way, and their owner wants to see his club winning Premier League titles. That didn"t look at all likely last season when Everton were struggling. The sacking of Marco Silva resulted in the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti, and he"s turned the situation around.
Toffees fans fondly remember the glory days under Howard Kendall. His win percentage was over 50%, and so is that of Ancelotti. What more can he achieve, though? A title challenge would be difficult with others around them likely to be heavily spending during the summer. Everton will, too, but their transfer targets probably don"t include the likes of Messi and Haaland.
Closing the Gap to the Top
Everton may be in with a chance of European football next season, but one fact exists. The number of points they are above the relegation zone is less than the gap between them and league leaders Manchester City. There"s a lot of work to be done to bring that title back to Everton. If it does happen, it"ll more than likely be at the new ground, not Goodison Park.
The view of experts is always worth taking. Keep up with the best in sports betting news because the bookies usually have a good insight into football"s emerging trends. They believe Everton are a decent bet to make it into the top four next season.
This season has shown a lot of promise, and hearts were racing at the way they began the campaign. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was scoring for fun, and if he can recapture that form, Everton will always do well. One striker who scores many goals doesn"t win you titles or get you in the Champions League.
Calvert-Lewin is the only Everton player in double figures for Premier League goals. At the time of writing this article, Richarlison has six goals and Jamie Rodriguez five. As good as they are when on top form, more goals are needed to take Everton to the next level.
The first 28 Premier League games have seen 40 goals scored, but 14 came in the first five fixtures. That"s 26 in the last 24, and that doesn"t win you titles.
Another striker who can get into double figures and an attacking midfielder has to be among Ancelotti"s summer targets. Any chance a certain Sergio Aguero might be tempted to become an Everton player? Jack Grealish would be a good signing, of course, but how much are Everton willing to spend on new players? Perhaps this might be the season when Wilfried Zaha arrives at Goodison?
Paulo Dybala of Juventus is rumored to be a summer target. He"s only scored three goals in Serie A this season; how many would he score in the Premier League? Particularly as he"s believed to be asking for €10m a year from Juventus. Someone like Danny Ings might be a better and less expensive option.
There are still questions over who should be in goal for Everton. Jason Pickford continues to make mistakes, so do Everton opt for Robin Olsen instead? Will his loan from Roma be turned into a permanent deal, or does Ancelotti look elsewhere?
The defense could do with some boosting too. There"s promise there, but a star signing and one that can score a few goals would be a good addition to the squad.
There have been several changes since the arrival of Ancelotti. One good improvement has been in their away performances. The past two seasons saw Everton winning just ten away league games. That"s been turned around this term with nine with only Manchester City and Leicester City winning more. Such form can contribute towards a top-four finish.
However, Everton"s home form has slumped with only five out of 14 won, seven losses, and a minus goal difference. Only twice have they won successive home league fixtures. If Everton are to get into the top four, Ancelotti has to find a way of cutting out home losses to teams like Newcastle, Leeds, Fulham, and Burnley.
Everton have probably surprised themselves with how well they have done this season. More work is needed during the summer to take them into the top four. Then again, it might happen this season, and if that is the case, Ancelotti will have another reason to improve his squad during the summer.
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