A busy summer is in store for Everton.
Marco Silva and Director of Football Marcel Brands have been hard at work identifying the players they want to keep at Goodison Park, and those who they want to get shot of with a major clear-out reportedly planned.
The Toffees supposedly want to get rid of 15 players according to the Daily Mail, with the likes of Cenk Tosun, Oumar Niasse, Jonjoe Kenny, Leighton Baines, James McCarthy, Yannick Bolasie, Sandro Ramirez, Kevin Mirallas, Muhamed Besic, Ademola Lookman and Maarten Stekelenburg on that list – Theo Walcott may also be sold.
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Add in the fact that two heroes of the campaign just gone – Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma – will be returning to their parent clubs in Barcelona and Chelsea respectively, and it will be a majorly important summer for Everton.
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As you can see, there are a few notable absentees from the Toffees’ 2018/19 lineup.
At right-back, club icon Seamus Coleman has been shunted out due to his consistently poor performances in the campaign just gone, which rightfully drew criticism from the Everton supporters.
The Toffees have been linked with a move for Benfica right-back Andre Almeida, a player who enjoyed an eye-catching season with the Portuguese giants last term – the 28-year-old racked up two goals and an impressive 12 assists, form that has led to talk of an £8m move to Merseyside.
Fan favourite Kurt Zouma is also missing from the side, as we suspect that the Frenchman will not be allowed to leave Chelsea after they were hit with a transfer ban and will need a centre-back when Gary Cahill departs the club.
Further up the field, we also think that another loan star in Andre Gomes will not be returning to the club due to strong interest from Tottenham; the Champions League finalists have reportedly already made advances towards the Portuguese international.
With that taken into account, attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson could drop into the space vacated by Gomes and replace the 25-year-old’s technical ability in the middle of the park alongside Idrissa Gueye.
He could form a deadly partnership with the hard-working Dominic Calvert-Lewin up top whilst the width is provided by Brazilian duo Richarlison and Bernard.