After the well-known changes throughout the summer, the start of this season was full of intrigue for Everton fans. Nine players came in to play a role in the first team, which was more than what left the club, adding depth so a challenge in both Europe and domestically was possible.
They strengthened most areas of the pitch and gave themselves a shot at breaking into the top six, while a top-half finish was a must. However, the mass influx of players at Goodison Park has so far failed to work, and Everton have found themselves in a bit of trouble this season, which led to the sacking of manager Ronald Koeman. They are currently sat in 15th position, 12/1 in the football tips to be relegated, and only a dramatic comeback against Watford last week saved them from being in the drop zone.
The new arrivals haven’t all been to blame, but so much more was expected from them that overall, the summer activity from Everton has been a huge disappointment.
Starting in defence, Jordan Pickford was brought in to be the long-term solution to Everton’s goalkeeping and despite them conceding an average of two goals per game, he has probably been their best player. If the Toffees can keep hold of the 23-year-old, they will be in safe hands for years to come.
In front of Pickford, two new arrivals have really struggled. Michael Keane has failed to make a big impact since his huge money move from Burnley and Cuco Martina has failed to cement a regular first-team spot. Keane, in particular, has been very disappointing, playing 16 games and failing to take command of the defence like he did at Burnley.
It is in attack where Everton really spent their big money, trying to replace the goals of Romelu Lukaku. Bringing Wayne Rooney back was a great PR coup for them, and he has four goals for the club. The now 32-year-old is nowhere near his old self, but for a player brought in on a free transfer, his contribution to the club has not been insignificant. While Rooney will always attract attention because of his name, taking that to one side, Everton will probably be happy with what he has contributed.
Alongside Michael Keane, the biggest disappointment has to be Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was brought in for big money to be the creative force Everton craved. So far he has failed to register a goal or an assist in the ten Premier League games he has played and only his big price tag is keeping his place in the starting line-up.
Elsewhere, players like Davy Klassen and Nikola Vlasic have not been allowed the same freedom as they have with their previous clubs and that is harming their adjustment to the Premier League. These players will get more chances if Gylfi Sigurdsson continues to disappoint like him they have the potential to be a creative force for Everton.