FIVE things Everton need to do to break into the Premier League’s top six

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Updated: July 12, 2017
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In the Premier League, Everton has been widely known as the best of the rest for several seasons now. They can always finish in the top half of the table, but breaking into and securing a consistent spot in the top six has always been a difficult task for them.

 

The Toffees finished on 61 points last season in 7th position, eight points behind Manchester United in 6th. Three wins separated them from finishing in the top six for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign.

 

The way which Everton have approached this transfer window shows they can potentially break into the top six next season, and secure a spot there for the seasons to come. Here are five things the club needs to do in order to achieve that goal.

 

1. Cut Back on Losses To Top Six

Everton’s results against the top six last season weren’t that great, and it ultimately cost them a spot within the top six in the league because of the point difference between themselves and Manchester United.

 

From the 12 games they played against the likes of Man United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea, the Toffees only won two of those games (2-1 home win vs Arsenal, 4-0 home win vs City), drawing four games, and losing the remaining six. They need to win more games against top six teams in order to break into top six territory.

 

2. Secure A Top Striker

Earlier this month, Romelu Lukaku joined Man United, signing a five-year contract with the option of a further year for a reported fee of £75 million, plus £15 million in add-ons. Last season, he scored 25 goals for the Toffees in the league. That’s a lot of goals that need to be replaced if Everton is to break the top six, so they need to secure a top striker.

 

Wayne Rooney recently returned to the club on a free from the Red Devils, but he isn’t the same player he once was. Sandro Ramirez has scored goals for fun in Spain before his move to Everton this summer, but whether he will be able to adapt to the Premier League remains to be seen. So many players before him from La Liga have failed in England, so another solid name is needed for insurance.

 

Oliver Giroud looks set to remain at Arsenal, but could be swayed not to stay with first team football at Everton and he would be a good replacement for Lukaku. Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace is a rumour that has gone around recently, but the Toffees might find it tough to pry him away after a successful 12 months in South-East London. If Everton could bring in one of these two, top six will be in their sights for sure.

 

3. Improve The Away Form

While the form against the top six has been bad, the away form has been worse. Their home form was brilliant last season, with Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea the only teams with better home records, but their away form needs improving.

 

Away from home last season, the Toffees collected less than one point per game played, which isn’t good enough. They may have conceded the same amount of goals as Arsenal away from home, but they scored eight goals less than any other team in the top six away from Goodison Park.  With a record of four wins, six draws, and nine losses, it’s clear to see that this is holding them back from achieving European football on a regular basis season after season in the Premier League.

 

4. Find A Goal Scoring Midfielder

Man City has Kevin De Bruyne, Chelsea has Eden Hazard, Liverpool has Philippe Coutinho, Arsenal has Mesut Ozil, Man United has Paul Pogba (sort of), and Tottenham has Dele Alli. However, when it comes to a goal scoring midfielder, Everton has been lacking in this department for several seasons now, and with Ross Barkley looking like he is on his way out, they need someone else to step up.

 

Wayne Rooney could provide just that now he is back at his boyhood club, but he shouldn’t be relied upon. Davy Klaassen could be the answer for Everton, but we’ll have to wait and see if he can transition his game to the Premier League following his recent move from Ajax.

 

Gylfi Sigurdsson could be the answer Everton is looking for when it comes to a goal scoring midfielder, but the club may be turned off by Swansea’s hefty asking price of £50 million. He’s a set-piece specialist, so he can provide and score the goals, but he isn’t even worth £40 million. Considering Bayern Munich can now potentially buy James Rodriguez for £31.3 million, Sigurdsson isn’t worth £40 million. If the Toffees are to sign the midfielder, they should look to get him for less.

 

5. Sign More Players For European Football

With European football comes more of a demand on players to perform each and every week due to the added fixtures. This will be the first time since the 2014/15 season that Everton has qualified for Europe, so they need to bolster their squad with more players.

 

This transfer window, the Toffees have already signed, Davy Klaassen, Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez, and Jordan Pickford who could all help Everton go further than ever before in Europe this season.

 

More players are expected to arrive before the window ends as well, with speculation suggesting the club is targeting Gylfi Sigurdsson, Virgil van Dijk, Jairo Riedewald, Oliver Giroud, Edin Dzeko, and Christian Benteke. A few of these joining the club could see the Toffees break and secure a spot in the top six for the years to come.

 

Do you think Everton can finish in the top six during the 2017-18 Premier League season? Have YOUR say and leave a comment below…


 

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