"This year they will have to contend with European competition in the hope that it lasts longer than their last foray two years back."
Hopes and Fears
The summer has been dominated by the debate as to whether the club should move out of Goodison Park to a new site at Kirkby. Understandably, it is an issue that has divided the fans particularly since it was announced that they were being asked to vote on a decision.
Inevitably the uncertainty has been reflected in David Moyes’ spending. The Scottish manager has slowly been building a squad capable of competing for a top five finish thanks to a wise policy of going for young English players. That he wasn’t able to add Manuel Fernandez so impressive in the latter half of last season whilst on loan was, however, a major disappointment.
This year they will have to contend with European competition in the hope that it lasts longer than their last foray two years back. Something that would stretch the resources of a limited squad but which, along with the domestic cup competitions, remains their best chance of glory.
A good debut season in the Premiership despite playing for a struggling side, and following a number of years as one of the best players in the Championship, Phil Jagielka deserves the chance to stay in the top flight. His ability to play in a number of positions will serve Everton well.
Something to Prove
That Andy Van Der Meyde is still on Merseyside is simply due to the complete lack of teams willing to take him on. Hands down the worst signing by David Moyes, could he still surprise people by finally coming good?
One to Watch
Everton an’t seem to stop producing fine forwards. After Wayne Rooney and James Vaughan, the next one to come through is Victor Anichebe. The Nigerian born striker already showed glimpses of what he is capable last season: with added maturity and more playing time given the departure of James Beatie, he should be even more noteworthy this year.