It was a tough start for Marco Silva and Everton. However, after a solid end to the season, there is plenty of reason to be excited for the next campaign. An eighth-place finish is certainly something to be happy about considering just how poor the start of the term was.
So, how does the Portuguese ensure that next season his side can be as consistent as they have been towards the end of this one?
There will no doubt be conversations between the 41-year-old and his team, as well as talks between him and the board on how to ensure the same issues from this year don’t carry on into 2020.
Here’s a couple of issues that have occurred during the season we feel the Everton staff must look to improve on.
Lack of consistency in starting eleven
At the start of the season we saw a number of different players play in a number of different positions. It was clear that Silva had no idea what his best starting eleven was, something which led to only one win in their first five games of the campaign.
If there are to be any new additions to the Everton side this summer, Silva will be looking to ensure he knows his best squad come the start of the season and will hope that he can then make his team produce performances to that of the dismantling of Manchester United right from the very first whistle.
Still no Romelu Lukaku replacement
It has now been two seasons since the departure of super striker Romelu Lukaku, and yet we still haven’t seen another world-class No.9 come in to fill the boots of the big Belgian.
We have recently seen the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin emerge into the side; however, it will be a couple more years before we begin to see similar results to that of Lukaku. This could be just another one of the reasons as to why Silva struggled to really find that winning goal before moving his formation around to allow Gylfi Sigurdsson or Richarlison to attack more.