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Can Everton Break Into The Premier League’s Top Six This Season?

The Gates at GoodisonBig things are expected of Everton this season. Ronald Koeman’s men have been active in the transfer market this summer and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Toffees sign another player or two before the window slams shut.

Wayne Rooney’s emotional return to Goodison Park was fairly high profile but more for emotional reasons than anything else. If Everton struggle to get going early on, Koeman may look to bolster his squad before the end of August.

Romelu Lukaku’s departure will have an adverse effect on Everton’s attacking ability – that is almost certain. The Belgium star scored over 40% of Everton’s goals last season and the Toffees will have a tough time replacing him.

Koeman knows that finding somebody to step into Lukaku’s shoes is no easy feat and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, linked with a move to Merseyside for the most part of the summer, is not a viable solution.

Yes, Giroud could certainly help Everton but he is not good enough to lead the line week-in week-out. The Frenchman has a decent goal scoring record but that’s about it; he is neither consistent enough nor talented enough to take the Toffees to the next level and that is what Everton should be aiming for.

They are a long way off right now but in time, Koeman’s side could challenge for a place in the top four – Champions League football is the ultimate objective.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has been a revelation for Swansea City in recent years and reports suggest that Koeman has made signing the Iceland star his number one priority for the remainder of
the window.

With Ross Barkley looking for a way out of Goodison Park, Sigurdsson will bring assurance and confidence to a midfield unit that is starting to look solid. If the Swansea star, valued at around £50 million, makes the move then Everton will be well placed to break into the top six.

Ahead of what could be a memorable campaign, finishing in the top six should be Everton’s main target. The Toffees are a little short in attack but who’s to say that Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney cannot fill the void left by Lukaku?

As of August 10th, Koeman’s side are 11/4 for a top six finish in the latest football betting odds and Everton will be confident of displacing one of England’s elite sides near the top of the table in the coming years if not this year.

Everton aren’t the completed article by any stretch but Koeman has the Toffees heading in the right direction. Rooney’s arrival might have been heart over head but the vast majority of Everton’s transfer activity this summer has been spot on. You won’t find too many fans complaining…

Finding a replacement for Romelu Lukaku may turn out to be impossible but the likes of Klaassen, Rooney and (hopefully) Sigurdsson can step up and erase any lingering memories of Lukaku’s achievements at Goodison Park. Watch this space, Everton mean business this season.​

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Simon Paul

Managing Editor at NSNO.co.uk
Si has been going to Goodison Park for over 30 years and has had a season ticket in all of the stands, currently taunting away fans from the Lower Bullens.

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