It’s rare that a managerial appointment has such a widespread satisfaction amongst supporters of a football club, but you will have to go a long way to find an Everton fan who is unhappy with the selection of Carlo Ancelotti as the Toffees’ new manager.
Ancelotti has managed some of the biggest football clubs in the world and has won just about every major domestic honour there is around Europe, most notably the Champions League on three occasions.
The Everton board deserve a lot of credit for persuading Ancelotti that this is a project he should not turn down at this stage of his career. The Italian manager won his first game in charge of their club when Everton prevailed 2-1 away to Newcastle. Besides the three points, there were lots of positives to take from the game, a reflection of the impact Ancelotti had already made on the squad. Here is a look at those in more detail.
Calvert-Lewin and Kean Look Full of Confidence
Confidence is a major factor for any forward in football and the young strike-partnership of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Moise Kean looked to be full of that against Newcastle, with the former having his game of the season, scoring a brace.
If Everton are to rise up the table this season, they are going to need to score a lot more goals. Kean was brought in from Juventus back in the summer and up until now, the Italian has shown very little to reflect the reputation he came to Goodison Park with. Calvert-Lewin and Kean are going to thrive playing under Ancelotti so expect the Everton boss to help develop them both as strikers.
Future Transfers In January
Ancelotti is likely to have handed the board a list of players he would like to bring into the squad in the January transfer window and the club are going to work hard off the pitch to support their manager.
One of those players that Everton have been heavily linked with is the highly regarded young Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall. The 22-year-old has been excellent for Forest who are 7/1 in the Championship betting for promotion this season. He may see a move to Everton in January as a great chance to progress his career.
A Return To 4-4-2 Added More Structure To Team
Ancelotti opted for a 4-4-2 formation against Newcastle at St James’ Park and that formation appeared to give more structure to the team. Leighton Baines returned to the team in the left-back slot, while Theo Walcott started the game on the right-wing. Every player in the starting XI seemed to know exactly what their responsibility was in the team.
It will be interesting to see if the Italian sticks with the 4-4-2 formation over the next few weeks but after how well his team performed in the system, he may well set them up like that again, particularly away from home. With such an accomplished manager, and a squad that is not lacking in talent, 2020 could well be a great year for the Toffees!