Marco Silva has really transformed this Everton side over the second half of the season, making them physically difficult to beat and quick in turning defence into attack. They really have become a side to watch out for; they only have their early season form to blame for not being able to finish above Wolves.
So, just how does Silva push this Everton side that little bit further and bring European football back to Goodison Park?
With the development of the club in full motion, Silva and the board have to ensure that they have the right players to push the Toffees to that next level. So who will make the cut?
Here we take a look at a couple of players that will struggle with the demands of next season.
After spending a season out on loan with relegated side Ipswich, it is pretty clear to see that Matthew Pennington isn’t going to be the main man in the centre of the Everton defence.
Many have been waiting for the evolution of the 24-year-old to rocket him into the starting eleven of the Everton side; however, it has been anything but and he really hasn’t hit the heights that anyone thought he would have.
It is hard to see just where the Englishman fits into this new Everton team. There would be little shock if we saw him back out on loan at another club come the start of next season.
Each time we see him play we wonder, will he play to his potential? Will he get his goal? Will he prove just why Everton paid for him?
Well each time we get severely disappointed.
It will be incredible if we don’t see the 27-year-old look for a move away from Goodison during this summer transfer window but, if he is to stay, with Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison fighting for that attacking position, it is unlikely that we will see the Turkish striker feature much during the campaign.