A calamitous season, really: plenty of abject performances, very few memorable games, and a bottom-half finish. Not for the first time the Everton job proved too big for a promising manager — Marco Silva was gone before Christmas. Chelsea at home, under Duncan Ferguson, was probably the high-point. Now, at least, we have a top-class manager in Ancelotti — but recovery will take time.
Stars/flops Holgate, Digne, Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison all managed to enhance their reputations, but they were the only real positives. The whole of the midfield, collectively and individually, flopped — and, in goal, Pickford had a very poor season.
What needs to happen this summer? Quite a bit. We need to buy a complete new midfield for starters — plus cover for both full-back positions, and, ideally, a new goalkeeper. Our list of players for sale should be a long one: rivals are welcome to their pick of Bernard, Sigurdsson, Delph, Walcott, Iwobi and Pickford, plus all the deadwood from 2017-18.
What made you smile? Speedo Mick and his epic charity walk from John O'Groats to Lands End, which he completed in his Everton swimming trunks in December. A fantastic man who beat his own difficulties to help so many others since — always with a smile, too.
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1 Posted 03/08/2020 at 18:48:02
I kinda forgot about Speedo Mick's exploits amidst all the gloom. Shame on me.
He has to be Evertonian of the year... He gets my vote all day long.
2 Posted 04/08/2020 at 07:43:50
3 Posted 04/08/2020 at 07:52:30
5 Posted 04/08/2020 at 08:46:47
When you look back at the comparisons, they are very similar: Big Sam took over a sinking ship with arguably a worse group of players again in 2017, yet his football was dismal but still produced an 8th-place finish.
For me, the football has been more or less equally as dire under Carlo, a nonentity going forward as an attack and only marginally better defensively.
Pickford – shocking since the World Cup and too big-headed and interested only in himself, mistakes now almost on a game-by-game basis.
Bernard – awful after a pretty decent start to his Everton career; it's clear now that the league isn't suited to him. Sad because I thought he was going to be a fans' favourite.
Gomes – injury aside, he's never been the most consistent player. One good game in six probably tells you why Barcelona got rid for a cheapish fee.
Iwobi – regressed into anonymity after a promising first two games when he looked very direct; hard to see a long-term future for him.
Sigurdsson – dead in the water; legs have gone so fast it's unbelievable after the previous year he finished with 13 goals, the decline has been rapid.
Davies – time to just accept he's not good enough and just move on. He's lived off the Man City goal but, in three years, he's gone backwards as a player.
Walcott – never going to rediscover the form of 10 years ago at Arsenal; works hard but he's had too long in the game now and the strengths he had have diminished.
Kean – two goals from a striker we all had high hopes for has not been good enough, let's not make excuses. He might come good but, right now, the jury is massively out.
Okay But Nothing Special
Coleman – legs won't allow him to be what he once was, thus reducing most of what made him the player he was.
Sidibé – looked okay going forward but defensively too fragile and indisciplined. We need better.
Digne – nowhere near the player he was in Silva's first season. I also hate hate hate the amount of stupid free-kicks he gives away in dangerous areas.
Mina – looks okay but maybe a little clumsy and his injury record is a huge concern. When we signed him, I thought he was going to be the new Sylvain Distin but it hasn't quite worked out that way has it?
The Improved Club
Holgate – better season than expected; still not sure he's really a rock of a centre-half that some have you believe but maybe this is just the type of centre-half that I grew up watching.
Keane –plays really well in the low block and, in that formation, is arguably our best defender. Struggles against pace, however.
Richarlison – kept up the regular scoring from a wide area that he did the previous season. Maybe too inconsistent in some games, the challenge will be can he score 20 next season?
Calvert-Lewin – a really good purple patch but again you feel towards the end some of the old frailties came back, scuffing shots, not connecting with headers. I still think he's a good backup striker but whether he's ever going to be good enough to score 20-25 every season, I'm doubtful, and that's where we need to be.
Gordon – a bit too soon even to really judge the lad but he's looked promising in the games he's had. Another couple of months where he bulks up a bit and we may see a better player again; let's wait and see.
Baines – an honourable mention to Leighton for being the professional and player he was for 13 years.
There you pretty much have it anyway.
6 Posted 04/08/2020 at 09:19:12
7 Posted 04/08/2020 at 10:03:13
Jim Bennings post kinda highlights that.
8 Posted 05/08/2020 at 03:35:46
Ideally, a complete new spine to the team is needed, along with a right-back. Among these 5 new players, one who is Captain material is urgently required.
This summer, signings have to be spot on for a top 7 place. Another poor window will lead to a relegation battle of a season.
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