Dean Windass thinks that Everton could easi;y get dragged into a relegation battle next season should they lose some of their best players.
The Toffees appeared top-four challengers for large parts of last season, but just three wins from their final 12 Premier League games saw them limp to a disappointing tenth-place finish and miss out on European football altogether.
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Since then, Rafa Benitez has replaced Carlo Ancelotti, who returned to Real Madrid, in the Goodison Park dugout.
Those four players were a key part of the team that were flying high in 2020-2021, and Windass reckons that some key exits could lead to a disaster for Benitez on his return to Merseyside.
Asked whether they could get sucked into a dog-fight should that happen, the former Premier League striker exclusively told The Transfer Tavern:
“I could see that without a shadow of a doubt.
“They’re very passionate supporters at Goodison and if they don’t start well, they’ll let him know about it.”
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