The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to the next campaign now that their side have secured their Premier League survival.
In all honesty, it’s been a painfully below-par season for the Toffees, and the supporters are desperately hoping that a dramatic improvement is on the horizon next season. Sam Allardyce’s side still have an outside chance of qualifying for the Europa League this season, but considering the form of both Leicester City and Burnley, it seems unlikely that they will sneak into a potential qualifying spot at this stage.
However, the next campaign will give the club an opportunity to re-write the wrongs from this season and mount a genuine challenge for the top-six. The vast majority of supporters believe that a new manager will need to replace Allardyce for Everton to achieve their ambitions, but regardless of who is in charge, the acquisition of new talent will be necessary to instigate a significant improvement in form.
With that being said, Everton should be focusing on bolstering their options in attacking positions, as they are severely lacking options out wide, particularly on the left-hand side where Allardyce only has Yannick Bolasie to chose from. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has filled in at left-wing on a handful of occasions this season, but he is naturally a centre-forward, so he cannot be considered a long-term option in that position.
Although it would represent a slightly risky acquisition, Everton should do everything in their power to land Watford’s Richarlison this summer, as the form he showed early in the season suggests he could be destined for a bright future in European football.
Following his transfer from Fluminense in the summer of 2017, Richarlison (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt) got off to a flying start to life in England by scoring 5 goals and providing 4 assists in his opening 13 appearances for the club, but since then he has only managed to add 1 assist to his tally from 19 Premier League fixtures.
However, it must be considered that Richarlison is only 20-years-old and he is making his debut season in English football, so his inconsistency is hardly surprising or unusual. Richarlison has proven that he can be a menace to Premier League defenders with his devastating dribbling technique and willingness to take risks in the final-third on plenty of occasions despite his dip in form – a quality which has been sorely missed at Everton this season.
The Brazilian is far from the finished article, but the potential he has shown this season is more than enough to suggest he could eventually become a player of genuine quality, so Everton should make a bid to secure his services this summer before his development begins to attract interest from the top-six clubs.
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