Everton were unlucky with injuries in 2009/2010, and if they can steer clear of that problem during this campaign, they are in for a big season.
Position Last Season: 8th
Transfers In: Jermaine Beckford, Joao Silva, Jan Mucha, Magaye Gueye
Transfers Out: John Ruddy, Dan Gosling, Carlo Nash
Even though it has been a relatively quiet summer regarding transfers, Everton fans have reason to be optimistic this season, as long as David Moyes has all of his big name players available to choose from.
The side suffered many injury problems at the beginning of last season, and their campaign got of to a slow start, but throughout the second half of the season their form was bettered only by Chelsea and Manchester United. The club eventually finished a respectable eighth in the table, and will be looking to improve on that in 2010/2011.
Retaining players such as Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar was vital for Moyes, more vital than making any new big-name signings, and with players such as the influential Marouane Fellaini set to return, Everton have many options available. Jermaine Beckford is the club’s only major addition and it remains to be seen whether he can cut it in the Premier League, but in Louis Saha he will have the perfect strike partner. There may be a chance that Yakubu is sold, but this would not be disatrous as younger attacking players Victor Anichebe and James Vaughan will be looking to impress if given the opportunity.
Everton possess a solid goalkeeper in Tim Howard and a sturdy defence, Jagielka, Baines, Neville, Distin, Heitinga and Yobo have proved that they are all reliable options. The young defender Seamus Coleman might just be in with a shout for a starting place after some impressive pre-season performances.
It is their midfield though, which is perhaps most impressive. Arteta, Fellaini, Cahill, Pienaar and Bilyaletdinov are five midfielders capable of getting into most Premier League sides, and with younger players like Jack Rodwell pushing for a place in the team, the future looks bright.
Everton have the squad capable of beating any side and in Davis Moyes, a fantastic manager. They don’t necessarily need to be making any more signings, but if the funds are there then maybe an extra forward would be the only addition required for the team to really push for a European place.
Caughtoffside prediction: Expect the team to improve on last season’s result and maybe even compete with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool for the final Champions League spot.