Football Season Review

№12: Everton

Despite heavy investment in the summer Everton had another mediocre campaign that also saw them changing managers in December. A very poor opening 15 rounds (W4 D2 L9) saw coach Silva sacked at the start of December and on Boxing Day veteran Carlo Ancelotti was appointed as his replacement. Under Ancelotti their defensive stability improved and if nothing else this was enough to quickly secure safety and allow the Toffees to play for nothing but pride after the COVID-break. The main improvement under Ancelotti was their home form with Everton’s only home defeat since Boxing Day coming on the final day of campaign in a dead-rubber match. Also, both Iwobi and Richarlison looked rejuvenated under Ancelotti and after a positive end to the season big things are expected from both of them next term. Pickford had a poor campaign with the cocky goalkeeper constantly making individual errors that cost lots of points. Young striker Kean was plagued by injuries all campaign with Mina and Delph also underperforming badly in 2019/20. Calvert-Lewin had his best season so far in terms of league goals scored with 13, but a slight worry will be the fact that his last goal was scored way back in round 28 in February. Also, Ancelotti is yet to find the right position for Sigurdsson, with the Icelander regularly warming the bench in 2020. With very rich owners Everton can afford to make at least 1 or 2 new big signings in the summer. But as the investments in the last 2 seasons haven’t been matched by the results, it seems more likely that Ancelotti will be asked to deliver a top 6 finish with this already solid-looking on paper group of players.

Player of the Season: Richarlison