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Finally, it looks as though Everton may finally be putting the years of mediocrity behind them.
The season may still be very young – in fact, at the time of writing the Toffees have only played two games in league and cup – but there is more positivity around Goodison Park than one can remember in recent memory. They have won every match so far, and the signings of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure show real intent from the Toffees this term.
The signing of James in particular shows the extent of Everton’s ambition. Whilst he was a peripheral figure at Real Madrid last season, appearing just 14 times in all competitions, he is a player with a glittering career to date. He has two Champions League titles under his belt, as well as seven league winners medals with three different clubs, whilst he was also the top scorer at the 2014 World Cup. Given the Toffees are not in any European competition this campaign, the fact they have managed to sign a world-class player who is only 29 is astonishing – given it was a free transfer, it is something close to a miracle.
Since Farhad Moshiri came in, the Toffees have been able to spend more money to try to compete at the top. Between February 2016 and December 2019, Everton splashed £350m on new recruits. However, the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alex Iwobi and Michael Keane, although solid players, do not exactly set the world alight.
James is arguably already the biggest signing in recent years on the field for Everton, but it is hard to have seen him being convinced to move to Goodison Park before Carlo Ancelotti took over last December – the Italian is arguably the most important new arrival at the club.
The 61-year-old has done it all – three Champions League titles, four league victories in as many different countries, and twice crowned the world’s Best Club Coach.
Will Everton reach the Champions League under Ancelotti?
It is all well and good having the funds to spend, but without a world class manager at the helm, it makes no sense – in Ancelotti, they finally have that. Moshiri made his ambition clear when he invested in the Merseyside outfit – he wants Champions League football. Whilst there is still work to do, Ancelotti gives them the best chance of doing just that.
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