It’s been a solid if somewhat fruitless 2016/17 campaign for Everton. After a mixed first half of the season, Ronald Koeman has steadily forged a solid side at Goodison Park, capable of mixing it up with the Premier League’s top six and producing some very convincing victories over the lesser teams in the division.
Everton feel like much more of a team than they were during Roberto Martinez’s three years in charge but as well as impressing as a collective, some individuals have really stood out.
With that in mind, we asked Everton fans earlier this week who deserves this year’s Player of the Season award. The results of our exclusive poll are now in and rather incredibly, Premier League top scorer Romelu Lukaku didn’t make the top three. Here’s a look at who did…
He may have only started eleven times in the Premier League before this weekend but Everton fans have clearly seen enough of Tom Davies to know he’s a top talent in the making.
The young Englishman has given them real quality in possession in the middle of the park and is more than prepared to put in a shift off the ball as well, whilst his goal against Manchester City will be remembered as one of the highlights of the season. The 18-year-old has a fantastic future ahead of him.
By no means a sympathy vote, Seamus Coleman was playing some phenomenal football before his horrendous leg break on international duty.
The Irishman’s penetration and creativity on the overlap has been a defining feature of Everton’s forward play for several years now, coupled with Leighton Baines on the opposite side, and he was producing predictably strong form before Neil Taylor’s infamous tackle, notching up four goals and three assists in 26 Premier League outings. Not only Everton fans but the whole footballing world is wishing him a speedy recovery.
Idrissa Gueye proves there are still bargains to be had in the Premier League. The Toffees snapped up the industrious midfielder from Aston Villa at a cost of £7m last summer and he’s had a monumental effect on their engine room, providing N’Golo-Kante-esque ball-winning tenacity in the middle of the park – epitomised by his division-best average of 4.5 tackles-per-match.
The Senegal international may not offer as much going forward as the other two members of the top three, but Everton fans clearly appreciate the sheer enthusiasm, energy and work ethic he shows on the pitch.