It’s fair to say Everton have had a mixed campaign this year.
Earlier in the season, some of the fan base had called into question manager Marco Silva’s credentials, placing doubt over his long-term future with Everton.
However, after wins over Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as a draw with Liverpool in the Toffees’ previous four home games, things are looking up for the Merseyside club.
Everton’s squad already possesses its fair share of quality, but fans will be counting on owner Farhad Moshiri and director of football Marcel Brands to invest this summer and target the right men respectively.
The Blues have been linked with a number of players over the past few months, and so, taking into account the transfer rumours and speculation, we’ve constructed a possible Everton starting line-up for the opening day of next season.
Here is what fans could possibly see come August:
GK: Jordan Pickford
For every criticism Jordan Pickford has received over the past few months, his position as Everton’s No.1 isn’t going to change anytime soon.
RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka
There is no shortage of interest in Crystal Palace’s young full-back, which could make things difficult for Everton.
The club appear to be keen on securing the right-back position long-term, and the 21-year old would be the best option that also exists in the realm of possibility.
CB: Michael Keane
Keane has been rock solid this season, and his performance levels have improved ten fold compared to the previous campaign. He has earned back his England spot, and rightly so.
CB: Kurt Zouma
Everton have struggled in recent years to find a solid centre-back partnership that worked, and although Yerry Mina was brought in for big money last summer, Zouma has been the more successful addition.
The Toffees are sure to try their best to sign Zouma permanently, which could be difficult due to Chelsea’s transfer ban. If they can land their man however, he will surely start.
LB: Lucas Digne
The Frenchman has been Everton’s Player of the Season throughout this campaign, and unless another club offers an absurd fee for him, he will start come the opening game of the season.
CM: Andre Gomes
Everton’s top target for the summer. Gomes has been excellent throughout his loan spell at Goodison Park, and with speculation claiming he could be bought out permanently for as little as £17million, the club would be stupid not to go all out to secure his long-term future.
CM: Gylfi Sigurdsson
While I wasn’t the biggest fan of Gylfi in the early stages of the season, with the Icelandic midfielder prone to disappearing, Sigurdsson has proven his worth to Silva’s side in goals and general creative player, and will be relied upon next season to provide a similar spark.
CM: Bruno Fernandes
The Portugal international has been linked in recent times, and Everton aren’t the only interested party.
With Idrissa Gueye’s future unclear amid his personal hopes to leave, Fernandes would be a smart acquisition, particularly as Everton wish to keep growing in stature.
With 13 goals in the Premier League this season, the 21-year old Brazilian has enjoyed a successful start to live on Merseyside.
He will start net season and will hopefully improve upon every performance.
Bernard has been so impressive this season, and that is without a proper pre-season under his belt. With more minutes and more time to grow in Silva’s side, Bernard could be a key player next season.
ST: Jean-Kevin Augustin
Although Dominic Calvert-Lewin has carved out his role in recent weeks, Everton are likely to look for a new first choice forward this summer.
Augustin has been reported as an Everton target on many occasions, and could be the man to lead the line for the Toffees.