That’s my point though in a roundabout way. I just want the team and manager be in a place where we’re reasonably competitive.
Then I don’t care what competition we’re in.
I think you can and ideally IMO should get there without needing the EL to attract players, money speaks louder than the EL at this point and we’ve shown last summer we can attract better calibre players without EL football.
Our best run of late in the competition was under Moyes when he had established a way of playing and we had a team that was the best of the rest of the top teams, rather than being the best of the also rans in the PL.
That’s how I think we should be approaching the EL, not as something we limp into by default with a squad of players that aren’t of the right quality, but as a next step in proving ourselves when we are ready for another challenge.
The money is there to attract the players, but the opportunity to play in a European competition is another reason for a player to come to Everton over a Newcastle or a West Ham.
Being a regular fixture in Europe also gives existing squad members a little less reason to agitate for a move, as there are plenty of extra opportunities to get minutes on the pitch.
I'd never turn down the opportunity to be in the Europa League. I even think that you can use the earlier start to the season to your advantage if you are clever about it. View the early rounds as part of your pre-season and you are getting a couple of meaningful competitive fixtures under your belt before the PL season starts. Give some of the fringe players an opportunity to stake their claim for a place in the first team squad.
We should really be beating some of the shite in the qualifying rounds of the EL quite comfortably, without necessarily having to put out our strongest XI. That is where the opportunity is for the likes of Lookman, Kenny, Dowell, Holgate etc to show that they've got what it takes to be an integral part of the first team squad for the season ahead by comfortably despatching some of the European minnows in July.