Without doubt, Everton has been on a mission of late. With the signing of Carlo Ancelotti at the helm and a roster including some of the brightest young talents in the Premier League, the Toffees have been able to – for the first time in a long time – realistically set their sights on a top-four finish and the promise of Champions League football.
The days of three or four dominant teams in England are long gone – with the upwards of 8 candidates chasing the ultimate prize in domestic football, even Everton’s current set-up is under scrutiny. With rumours of new signings in the near future, there are clear signs of intent from Goodison Park, it’s an undeniable step towards rediscovering their European success for the first time since 1985.
A Galactico in Goodison?
Everton’s ambition is hardly in question, particularly in light of their links to James Rodriguez. While Madrid’s coach, Zinedine Zidane, is not keen to retain the services of Rodriguez – who has fallen out of favour with the Spanish giants – Everton’s reported four-year deal would be a major step forward in strengthening their attacking ability. Real would allegedly accept an offer of around £34m – although securing a place in the top four would more than make up for this investment for the Toffees.
Bags of Potential
With the likes of Richarlison, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies already amongst their ranks, Ancelotti is managing a group with huge potential. With that youth comes a great deal of malleability – if they are teachable, there’s an opportunity to build a real dynasty. Rumours have also circulated on the promising 20-year-old defender Jean-Clair Todibo.
RB Leipzig are reportedly challenging Everton for the youngster who has been on loan at Schalke this season. The security that a player like Todibo could bring would be a potential game-changer at Goodison.
Only 4 other teams had conceded more goals in the 19/20 season, and closing that gap in defence could be the difference between Everton achieving a top 6 spot, over the mid-table finishes they’ve achieved over the past few years. They were seen as outsiders to finish in the top six in the Premier League betting, prior to the break, but the lack of European football next season could leave them in a strong position to make a sustained push.
The Man for the Job
The likelihood of Ancelotti delivering success for Everton hinges on finding the cohesion that is much needed at the back, where the majority of the costly mistakes have occurred. If he can make the right additions there, the considerable attacking options can be unleashed. While the other Merseyside team enjoys success in the top flight they’ve been chasing for 30 years, it‘s fair to say the project at Everton is still in the building stages.
As founding members of the Premier League and the oldest club in Merseyside, it’s high time they found the right leadership to manage their talented squad list. With a man like Ancelotti, accustomed to big-name players and the highest pressure, they might finally have their man.