The season has now ended and it has been a tale of two halves for Everton.
After surprisingly spending the majority of the first half of the campaign down near the relegation zone, even falling to as low as 18th at one point, the Blues then climbed the table in the second half of the season and managed to end up in eighth place.
Ronald Koeman was replaced by Sam Allardyce, and he managed to transform Everton’s season, despite not having the full backing of the fans.
There have been new faces, old faces and numerous ups and downs for the Toffees this season. Some embarrassing performances, some brilliant performances and a Europa League campaign that they will want to forget.
These are five things that we have learnt from Everton’s rollercoaster ride of a season.
1. Ronald Koeman had to go and Big Sam did his job
Ronald Koeman took Everton to seventh place in his first season at Goodison Park and earned the club a Europa League place.
Everton fans had high hopes for this season but a terrible start to had them wanting Koeman to get the axe, but some thought he should have still been given more time to turn it around.
When Allardyce got announced as manager, the majority of fans were not happy but looking back, fans must realise the job Allardyce did since joining the club.
He’s managed to take Everton just outside the European places and also signed some good players in January.
Whilst he isn’t the long term solution, he did what he was brought in to do
2. Jordan Pickford will only get better
Jordan Pickford joined from Sunderland for a surprising £30 million fee and has quickly become one of the candidates to be England’s number one goalkeeper at the summers World Cup.
He may have made some mistakes but he’s made many more brilliant saves and he looks set to be between the sticks at Goodison Park for many years.
3. Need to strengthen to put up a fight in Europe
This season proved that Everton’s squad was not good enough to compete in the Europa League.
The Toffees ended up in third place in their group and missed out on the knockout stages. Everton fans will want to forget their 5-1 loss to Atlanta!
They must strengthen their squad to be able to qualify for Europe firstly and then build on their success and make a name for themselves.
4. Everton must put up a better fight against the top 6
The Toffees only got four points from a possible 18 against top six sides. If Everton have aspirations of making a push for Champions League football, they must do better against the sides above them.
5. Next season is huge
After managing to salvage something from this campaign, Everton need to put their stamp on next season’s Premier League and aim towards breaking into the top six.
They have a mix of experience and young players and with a few more additions they can potentially put up a fight.