Everton are never too far off from the top and, if Marco Silva can get them playing football again, there is no reason why the Merseyside club can return to their former status.
So, we’ve decided to play Devil’s Advocate and tempt fate a little bit. Indeed, while the Toffees are far from perfect, they certainly have an exciting young core and the thought of it developing further must be hugely exciting to those at Goodison Park.
A look to the future
So, let’s get it kicked off.
England first-choice keeper, Jordan Pickford, has recently signed a new long-term contract at the club, tying him down until 2024.
Defender Leighton Baines, 33, has struggled with injuries over the years and, heading into the latter stages of his career, looks likely to give up his place to new boy Lucas Digne. Since joining the Merseyside club, Digne has display displayed an attacking potency that had earned him a place at top European clubs, FC Barcelona, Roma, and PSG, and consistently displays all the desirable traits of a modern full-back.
Yerry Mina, 24, looks to take the centre-back position on the back of a fairly impressive World Cup, showing signs of incredible aerial ability and strength. Michael Keane hasn’t quite hit the form that earned him a big-money move from Burnley in 2017. Instead, it may be worth looking towards Newcastle player, Jamaal Lascelles, whom they were linked with earlier this year. With Newcastle increasingly looking like a sinking ship and owner Mike Ashley showing no signs of intent, Everton would do well to sign the Englishman a cut price.
Jonjoe Kenny, 21, is the next man on the list. Having played five games for the first team already this year, and providing quality service from the right side of the pitch, Kenny has shown that he possesses the ability to hold down a starting spot in Marco Silva’s team.
Idrissa Gueye is a quality ball-winning midfielder that, since arriving to the Premier League, has turned out countless tireless defensive performances. However, at 29-years of age, it is unlikely that his industrious style of play can continue for much longer at the highest level. With this in mind, Everton should look towards midfielder Wilmar Barrios, 24, who was most recently linked to Spurs.
The Colombian international and Gueye are like-for-like players, which should allow for a fluid transition of responsibility when the time comes. Tom Davies, 20, is the next player who, until recently, looked to be establishing himself as one of England’s brightest talents. Having broken into the senior team at an early age, Davies game time has decreased under Marco Silva; however, with an evident willingness to work hard, there is no reason the midfield engine can’t work his way back into the starting lineup.
Bernard, 26, is another recent acquisition under Everton’s new boss. The Brazilian ace, who was most recently plying his trade in Ukraine for Champions League regulars, Shakhtar Donetsk, has finally made his way into one of Europe’s major leagues after years of speculation. Bernard’s speed and ability on the ball are his most impressive attributes and, with the winger slowly picking more game time, it’s a matter of when, not if, we see how he transforms Everton’s attacking options in years to come. Gylfi Sigurðsson is the choice in the centre of the attacking midfield.
Although the 29-year-old isn’t getting any younger, his style of play has never been about speed, rather his attacking and playmaking quality. Like any technically gifted player, we expect he will get better with age. Next; it goes without saying that Richarlison, 21, has been predicted to do great things at Everton. At 20-years-of-age, the Brazilian quickly adapted during his breakthrough season in the Premier League, showing a level of ability in front of goal that tends to be earned after years of experience. If the club are able to hold onto this gem, there is no doubt that he will be running their forward line in five years time.
Ademola Lookman, 20, gets the nod as Everton’s future star striker. The Englishmen recently returned from a stint at Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig, where he impressed scoring five goals and assisting a further four, and was best known for possessing the pace and ability to take the ball past opponents with ease. With both of these traits missing from Everton’s current striker Cenk Tosun’s game, we could see Lookman kicking off his Premier League career imminently, as manager Marco Silva looks to switch things up.
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