After the initial transfer buzz of the end of the season, we all fall into prediction mode. Whether we adopt a positive or negative view of the coming season, we all have a view. Whether you think we’ve bought well and we’re going to storm the league, or whether you’re partial to the term ‘fraud’, there’s no escaping having some opinions floating around that blue-occupied head of yours.

Obviously I don’t escape the attempt at clairvoyance, and I’ve been growing more positive over the past year. I think Everton are decent at the old association football which is a view growing ever more outlawed on some platforms of the wonderful and wacky world of social media, but I’ll stick by it until Stoke put three past a flailing Pickford.

Anyway, it’s a new season and with the business that’s gone on during the summer, we’re starting all over again. Our system has changed and no one can predict much. At risk of looking a fool come next May, I’ll have a go.

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