The five fixtures that will define Everton’s 2017/18 season

Everton finished the season in a lonely seventh position. They ended it eight points off sixth-placed Manchester United in the Premier League table but a staggering 15 points ahead of Southampton in eighth.

The Toffees are in a position where they are simply the best of the rest in the Premier League, as the top six teams begin to pull away from the remainder of the pack in terms of quality, and the gap is only getting bigger.

The transfer window will be huge for the Merseyside club as they prepare for potential big-name departures and it will be vital that the money is reinvested wisely and quickly, ensuring they are not held back and the new signings can get a proper pre-season under their belts.

Following their official release, we take a look at the fixtures that could have a huge say in defining Everton’s season and how successful it could be…