Its been a very busy transfer window so far for the blue half of Merseyside as already Everton have spent nearly £100 million on four signings that will no doubt improve the quality of their first team. But are these signings enough for Everton to have a proper crack at the top 6, especially with the exits of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley looming large, and what else do the Toffees need?
Lets take a look at the signings they’ve made first. Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane were both signed for fees rising to £30 million and for good reason to. Pickford was very impressive despite Sunderland’s relegation last season and his distribution is the best I’ve seen in a young goal keeper. Michael Keane is another exciting young English player who was rock solid for Burnley last season and was rewarded with a pair of England caps. Its pleasing to see Everton investing in young English talent.
Ronald Koeman is clearly a very astute manager who has been making the most of his links back in Holland as he has brought in Davy Klaassen for £24 million from Ajax. The attacking midfielder was captain of Ajax and despite his appearance is only 24 years old. Klaassen seems like a natural replacement for Ross Barkley, who in my opinion isn’t as good as he’s hyped up to be and could definitely do with a move away.
Sandro Ramirez has been brought in as well for the bargain price of £5.2 million and another striker has been bought in the form of Henry Onyekuru although he’s been loaned back to Belgium. Ramirez may have the task of filling in for Lukaku who looks set to leave this summer. It will be impossible for Everton to replace the Belgian’s goals with a single player but bringing in a proven goal scorer such as Olivier Giroud would definitely help matters.
So now for the big question: ‘can Everton crack the top 6.’ It will not be easy for the Toffees but I think they’re in with a shot. We’ve seen that all the clubs in the top 6 have the potential to be inconsistent and even those who weren’t mainly Spurs and Chelsea surely will struggle more this season? Tottenham particularly will be affected by their move to Wembley.
Everton of course have to juggle Europa League football as well but if they can prioritise the league then they may just have chance. What might be even more important for Everton is finally picking up silverware. The Toffees haven’t won a trophy since the 90’s and a League Cup or FA Cup win would really cement them as force in English football and permanently change the top 6 into the top 7.
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