Everton’s reckless spending is all too similar to Sunderland’s from seasons gone by – and we all know how that ended up. Overpaying on players is part and parcel of the modern game, but as we saw in the North East of England, it can come at a serious price if it isn’t managed well.
Another season looks to end in misery for Everton, despite bringing in a load of international talent in the summer under Marco Silva. Yet betting on Everton has proven difficult this season, with a serious lack of consistency shown from the squad.
Although some online websites have believed in Everton’s abilities throughout the season. Footy Accumulators has regularly backed Everton to perform for their weekly tips on football trebles throughout the year. So where has it gone wrong?
The man has arguably failed to deliver so far, but will be no doubt hoping for at least two seasons to prove his worth. He might well be lucky to get that, especially in this day and age. Yet it is clear that Everton are in another transition period.
Koeman and Allardyce have both been given the chop in recent seasons and Everton are onto their third manager after David Moyes spent eleven years at Goodison Park.
Allardyce had previously left his post as the England manager before taking a role at Crystal Palace before heading to Liverpool. Despite the disarray, Southgate came in charge for England and has led the side to the Nations League finals in the summer. Looking at the international football betting odds, England are the 7/4 favourites.
A major question is whether or not Everton be focusing more on the domestic cups? It’s certainly a concern of the fans, especially as Everton appear to be one of those mid-table Premier League sides who are clearly too good to go down nor are they going to be the next Leicester City any time soon.
Being knocked out of the FA Cup to Championship side Millwall, who are currently flirting with relegation, wasn’t exactly in the script. The thing is, Everton actually did put out one of their strongest sides but still fell short.
So where does the problem currently lie with Everton? Is it their manager? Is it the players? Or does it go further than that?
It could be an even tougher season for Evertonians, as their arch-rivals in Liverpool may well be about to win their first Premier League title. A 97th-minute winner from Origi in the derby at Anfield may well have secured the points which sees Klopp’s side victorious come May, which would definitely rub the salt in Everton’s wounds.
The season appears to be all but over for Everton, but Silva will be using the final months of the season to try and get everything in place for the next. There’s a strong spine to his side but there are some serious issues which need addressing. The fact the side has conceded the most amount of goals from set pieces will be a major concern for Silva, especially with the likes of Keane, Zouma, Digne and Coleman playing along the back line. These are experienced Premier League players but right now, they are not showing it on the pitch.
Silva will need to show vast improvement from his players if he is to be rewarded in the summer with a decent transfer kitty. Either way, it’s another trophy-less season for one side on Merseyside.