Less than twelve months ago, Leicester City won the Premier League title with a squad and starting XI they’d mostly put together whilst in the Championship.
Jamie Vardy was signed from non-league football two years before they made it to the top flight, whilst last season’s PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez arrived from Le Harve six months ahead of their promotion in summer 2014.
Without a doubt, there’s a wealth of talent in the Championship. It’s the most lucrative, most watched and potentially most competitive second tier in world football, so you’d imagine its Team of the Season members could do a job at a lot of Premier League clubs.
Need more evidence? Take a look at Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio, who have made a huge impact in east London since joining West Ham from Ipswich and Nottingham Forest respectively. Scratch a little deeper, and you’ve got former League One man Dele Alli running the show at Tottenham Hotspur.
Well, Everton fans quite clearly disagree. Earlier this week, we asked them which Team of the Season members they’d like to see Ronald Koeman try to sign this summer and surprisingly, not a single player finished up with a positive score.
Not Brighton’s talismanic winger Anthony Knockaert, not a striker who has scored more league goals than Romelu Lukaku in Chris Wood, not occasional England international Jonjo Shelvey nor Lewis Dunk, who has been rated as the best English defender outside of the Premier League for some time.
Perhaps Everton fans think their club should be aiming a little higher this summer, but their response smacks of snobbery – the kind of snobbery you wouldn’t expect from a club that has finished in the top six just seven times throughout the entire history of the Premier League and the bottom half twice in the last two seasons.
Everton fans need a reality check.