Everton fans aren’t a happy very often these days. Roberto Martinez’s name is not a popular one on the blue half of Merseyside and it looks like he could be gone at the end of this season.
FA Cup semi-final defeat seems to have been the final straw for many of the Toffees die-hard supporters, and understandably so. A mediocre league finish is not doing a great deal to win over uninspired fans and we could be set for some Arsenal-style protests.
Players are under pressure, the manager looks a goner and Goodison Park needs some TLC, but it isn’t as bad as it may seem for the new Evertonian owner.
Ambitious clubs are littered across the midtable cabinet, from Newcastle and Stoke to Southampton and Everton, only a couple can really overachieve in a given campaign, though.
We have a few pointers for the new Everton owner, Farhad Moshiri, on how he can see his Everton side get close to the sensational over-achievement of West Ham this season…
John Stones, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley. The Toffees cannot afford to lose any of their most prized assets in this summer window and you can expect an uprising if they were to sell the crown jewels.
James McCarthy may also warrant an inclusion in this list, and it’s crucial that the bigger names in the squad aren’t tempted in by the riches of ‘trophy-winning’ clubs.
Everton’s defence has been calamitous for much of this season.
It’s hard to tell whether its coaching or personnel that is the issue but, either way, they are in dire need of cover at centre-back particularly. Anthony Martial waltzed through the centre of their defence embarrassingly easily at Wembley and Leicester then stuck goals past Joel Robles with ease, and without any further changes it could become a regular humiliation.
Martinez has lost the faith of the fans and there is every chance that the players will be the next to lose belief in his abilities – if they haven’t already.
There is only one solution, unfortunately. The new owner(s) must think more like Newcastle’s appointment of Rafael Benitez than looking to appoint from within. A big name to handle large ego footballers and Everton may just surprise a few people.
As with any team, the first thing to do is to realise which players are just not good enough.
Remove them, sell them and reinvest the money in players with energy, talent and tactical awareness. It might only be a couple of players, or it might be half the squad, but change is evidently needed and it might finally be time to move on from the elderly Gareth Barry and Leighton Baines.
Joel Robles may well make it to be a long-term Everton superstar, but it’s not exactly nailed on.
Either way, Everton need a ‘keeper to either compete or dislodge the Spanish stopper. There are plenty available, of varying levels of experience, just buy one.