Wayne Rooney has voiced his concerns over a lack of squad depth at Everton and also gave his thoughts on the Toffees’ hopes of finishing in the top four in the Premier League.
“The top four is doable.
“It will be difficult because there are seven or eight teams competing for those spots and some big clubs will have to miss out but top four has to be the target, given Everton’s start.
“If they can get to January still in the frame and let Ancelotti bring in another couple of players, they will have a great chance.
“Their biggest issue is squad depth.
“In Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bernard they have a couple of players who can come off the bench to provide something different but they need one or two more; players who don’t have to be world-beaters but who can slot straight into the team without a major drop in quality if there are injuries.
“They need a real back up for Allan and another striking option for games where the opposition is equipped to deal with Calvert-Lewin’s threat.
“But, as we saw against Liverpool, this is an Everton that can handle challenges.”
Is Rooney right that the top four is ‘doable’ for Everton?
Indeed, it is arguably a rather big claim from Rooney that finishing in the top four in the top flight is ‘doable’ for Carlo Ancelotti’s team. Although they are currently sitting top of the Premier League, they are only six games into the 2020/21 season, with 32 matches still left to play.
Where will Everton finish in the Premier League?
7th - 10th
The Toffees have not finished in the top four in the league since the 2004/05 season, and with the likes of the so-called ‘big six’ (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur), the Blues may well find it difficult to achieve this ambition.
Do Everton have a lack of squad depth as Rooney claims?
Everton currently have 31 players in their senior squad, discounting the departures of both Moise Kean and Theo Walcotton loan to PSG and Southampton respectively for the rest of the season.
Although this is a deep pool of players, one may question how many of those are good enough to step in when the regulars are out injured or suspended.
For example, a bad injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Richarlsion arguably leaves them a little light up front, given that the ineffective Cenk Tosun is the only other recognised striker on their squad list.
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