By Danny Atherton
Before last nights crucial win at Huddersfield, Everton were 11th in the league table just three points better off than last season having been dumped out of both the Carabao and FA Cup.
Marco Silva and his players find themselves under a huge amount of pressure and these last 14 games could decide their fate as we head into another hectic summer.
Silva certainly splits opinion amongst Everton fans and whether you believe he should stay or go I firmly believe the next 14 games are crucial. After splashing out close to £100 million in the summer big things were expected from Everton this season but it’s been nothing short of a disaster. Farhad Moshiri said at the club’s recent AGM meeting: “The league position is just not good enough.” A sentiment shared by all Everton fans.
Should Everton fail to finish at least 7th I would be surprised if Silva was back next season. I completely agree with fans who say we can’t just sack manager’s all the time after a few bad results but you also have to be realistic and realise when a man is not capable of doing the job required. The team seems to be regressing week by week and issues from the start of the season like defending set-pieces have still not been addressed.
It’s also a big four months for a lot of players at the club. The performances of Coleman, Schneiderlin, Walcott and Tosun have been called into question on many occasions this season and this may be the last few months at the club for all of them. Coleman hasn’t looked the same player since returning from a horrific leg break and at the age of 30 he’s seemingly past his best now. Schneiderlin figures to be given a chance should Gueye depart for PSG before the transfer window ends. He’s disappointed since joining Everton In 2017 but he’s a good player on his day, his range of passing is very good and he’s not afraid to get stuck in – for whatever reason we are yet to see the best of him in a blue shirt.
With nothing seemingly to play for from now until the end of the season it looks the perfect opportunity to give him one last chance before deciding on his future in the summer. Walcott and Tosun were brought in by Sam Allardyce last January and both have had their good moments in a blue shirt but both have failed to fire this season and their time on Merseyside seems to be coming to an end.
I expect another chaotic summer ahead for Everton with plenty of ins and certainly plenty of outs. As well as the players already mentioned the likes of Kenny, Davies, Lookman and Calvert-Lewin all seem to have uncertain futures at the club but it would be nice to see them given a run of games before the end of the season and decisions are made. Let’s face it they can’t do any worse.