Everton’s 8th place finish last season was a successful result considering the turbulent times that the club went through. It started in the summer of 2017 with Ronald Koeman spending around £150m on new players whilst somehow failing to replace Romelu Lukaku at the same time.
By October, Koeman had been sacked and in November, Sam Allardyce signed a two-year deal as manager. This was an unpopular decision among the fans and their concerns were hardly unfounded, as Everton continued through the season securing a reasonable amount of points but without a coherent style of playing.
With Marco Silva taking over from Allardyce this summer, Everton fans will be far more optimistic ahead of the new season but the Portuguese boss will have to select or sign a main man up front if the Toffees are to make meaningful progress on last season.
But who could be the replacement for Lukaku after his £75m move last summer? Football FanCast assess the options.
The 6ft 5in Dutch giant is one of a number of players who have cancelled their contracts with Sporting Lisbon this summer after Sporting fans broke into the club’s training ground and attacked the players and staff.
Dost suffered cuts to the head during the attack which happened two days after the final game of the season, when Sporting lost 2-1 to Desportivo Aves and missed out on a Champions League spot to city rivals Benfica.
Now 29 years old, Dost has scored a barely believable 61 goals in 61 matches in the past two seasons at Sporting and any club that can convince the target man to sign for them will be guaranteed goals in return.
Followers of the Premier League are now well aware of Marko Arnautovic and yet it is still impossible to predict what the West Ham man is going to do next.
The explosive Austrian is, of course, capable of moments of madness. His former teammate at Inter Milan Mario Balotelli, who is no saint himself, said in 2013 that the Austrian would make him look like the most boring man in the world.
However, he is also capable of moments of brilliance. Arnautovic scored 11 goals in the Premier League last season and certainly enjoyed scoring against his former manager Mark Hughes, who had sold him while the pair were at Stoke.
Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, it would no doubt take a huge bid for Everton to prize him from the London Stadium.
After arriving at Goodison in the January transfer window of 2016, Niasse managed just 152 minutes of football in his first season at the club and was initially not given a squad number by Koeman for the 2016/17 season.
His poor treatment at the hands of the Dutchman didn’t stop there though, and in October 2016 he was dropped to the U23s team and his locker was removed from the training ground.
After spending the second half of that season on loan at Hull, Niasse returned to Everton last summer and scored eight goals in 22 league matches during the 2017/18 season.
Given the chance at a full pre-season programme to build his fitness and a run in the starting line up, Niasse could find the form that saw Everton spend £13.5m on the Senegalese striker in the first place.
Another expensive striker signed recently by Everton who has failed to convince as of yet, Tosun arrived in January this year for £27m from Besiktas. That’s not to say he couldn’t be a success in the Premier League though and has shown that he has the strength to hold the ball up well and works extremely hard.
Tosun ended last season with five goals in 14 league games, although it remains to be seen whether he could translate this into 20 goals in a full season.
Everton fans, who would you like to see starting up front in your opening game against Wolves this coming season?