An in form Everton is as exciting as it is terrifying. It’s like that feeling we all get when we know we’re about to have a cold, but aren’t quite bedridden just yet. The throat starts tingling, nose is slightly blocked, going through tissues at an alarming pace.
You just know something is about to happen, and you’re dreading it, but trying to enjoy the last remaining days of good health before it all goes pear shaped.
So what you should take away from this piece today is that Everton are a common cold, and you should enjoy not having one while it lasts.
Beyond my tangents, Everton do actually have a game this weekend, and it’s another big one. We play Arsenal, historically a team we’ve never coped too well against. This fixture last season saw the single best individual performance I’ve ever seen at Goodison, when Alexis Sanchez tore us apart in Koeman’s final game.
However we’re a different Everton at this point, and I’m hoping we can give them more of a game.
GK - Jordan Pickford
Another eventful week in the life of England’s #1, but he was fully on the right side of history this time.
You’ve all seen what happened, so I won’t harp on.
RB - Seamus Coleman
Seamus was absolutely back to his best against West Ham, and if his collaborations with Richarlison can stay at that level for the season and beyond, then he may not be finished yet.
CB - Kurt Zouma
Kurt is going from strength to strength in a blue shirt, and you would be hard pressed to find an Evertonian who doesn’t want to see him return next year.
With Chelsea’s impending transfer ban, it may be tricky, but he’ll be worth the money.
CB - Michael Keane
There have been rumours doing the rounds of Keane potentially leaving the Blues come summer, for a fee of about £50 million, which is crazy given his situation this time last season.
I’m still not sure I would take it, however, as he has become a key part of Mr Silva’s Everton, both for the present and future.
LB - Lucas Digne
Another key piece in Mr Silva’s plans is undoubtedly Lucas Digne. He has been nothing short of world-class since he was acquired in the great coup of Barcelona in the summer.
Along with Andre Gomes, and less so, Yerry Mina, the trio are proving to be shrewd signings by Mr Brands and will hopefully be a part of the side for years to come.
CM - Idrissa Gana Gueye
The rumoured £26m fee for Gana isn’t enough. As much as I do have complete trust in Mr Brands and Mr Silva, that simply is not enough to acquire someone as good as he is in the current market.
CM - André Gomes
Even with Andre’s dips in form, it’s clear for all to see that he is an integral part of how we operate, and needs to be a key piece moving forward.
Getting him in permanently should be, and probably is, at the top of the agenda come summer.
AM - Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi, like Gana, is winning me back around.
Not that they’d care, but as you all know, I haven’t been hugely enthusiastic about the pair this season. Yes, while Sigurdsson is contributing with goals and Gana with tackles, I’d like more dynamic players to occupy the middle of the park.
However, both have shown better sides to their game in recent weeks.
Long may it last.
LW - Bernard
Bernard is absolutely someone we should be getting very excited about come next season. And the rest of this one, for that matter.
It’s quite obvious he’s one of the most naturally talented players we’ve had in a while, and once he’s fully settled and the team has started to be crafted around players like him, he’ll thrive.
RW - Richarlison
Richarlison isn’t leaving, by the way. Just to make that clear.
ST - Dominic Calvert-Lewin
I’m more than happy at this point to see Dom as our main main up top going into next season. He has shown he has all the attributes to lead the line, and lucky for us, his only area that needs improvement is his finishing, by far the most coachable attribute for a striker.
We need to stick by him, otherwise we might well be spending another insane amount of money on a player that down the line, might not even be on the same level as Dom.
He really can be that good.