Everton have missed out on qualifying for the Europa League this season, so Marco Silva has failed to improve on the league position Sam Allardyce left the squad in last season.
Despite this, the club have improved on the pitch, and things are looking positive going forward.
During the summer, Silva and director of football Marcel Brands will need to run the rule over the playing squad and decide who doesn’t make the cut going into the next campaign.
It is no shock to anyone to hear that several first-team stars have underperformed this year, and they could face the chopping block when they return to USM Finch Farm following their summer break.
Silva is sure to bring players in, and let players go, so we’ve looked over the entire squad to decide which players in the squad should be kept, and which of them should move on.
Jordan Pickford: Keep
Everton’s Number One hasn’t had the best of years, which hasn’t been helped by his lack of a back-up to challenge and push him.
However he is England’s starting ‘keeper, and won’t be replaced by Everton in the summer.
Leighton Baines: Keep
Leighton has lost his starting spot at Everton but he still has plenty to offer, both on and off the field.
Antonee Robinson could do with another loan spell away from Goodison Park, so Baines would be a solid back-up to keep around.
Michael Keane: Keep
Keane has come on leaps and bounds this season, and has led the defensively line fantastically.
We don’t know if we’ll have Kurt Zouma back next season, but Keane will undoubtedly be a mainstay.
Phil Jagielka: Released
Jagielka has been a fantastic servant for the club, and deserves praise for all he has done for the club.
However, the club needs to move on eventually, and now may be the best time for Jags to leave with the fans well wishes.
Gylfi Sigurdsson: Keep
Everton’s joint top goalscorer this season, Sigurdsson has been a creative spark for the Toffees.
He’ll be relied on to spur Silva’s team on next season.
Theo Walcott: Sell
Unfortunately for Theo, his attempt at revitalising his career with Everton hasn’t worked.
His sparse substitute appearances are taking game time away from younger options like Lookman, and it would be best for all parties to part ways.
Lucas Digne: Keep
Everton’s Player of the Year, Digne has been a phenomenon, and long may it continue.
Everton will fend off interest from him to ensure we continue building positively for the future.
Yerry Mina: Keep
Yerry hasn’t had the most prosperous of debut season’s in the Premier League, and would surely have hoped to feature more prominently.
But he’s a good player to have in the squad, and in time he’ll hopefully settle into his role.
Cenk Tosun: Sell
A difficult decision, but Cenk needs to go.
Everton don’t have many forward options as it is, but such is Cenk not getting any opportunity to battle his way into the side, he is essentially a wasted bench spot.
Everton need to sign several forwards, and he’ll need to make way for one of them.
James McCarthy: Sell
I’ve always liked James McCarthy, and it’s a shame that injuries have ravaged his Everton career.
While I’d ideally like to have McCarthy back playing, fit and firing well, it isn’t going to happen and so for his own good, he’s got to go.
Idrissa Gana Gueye: Keep
Keeping hold of Gana may be difficult, what with the Senegal man’s desire to leave for PSG and all.
But if Everton can keep him, they should.
Morgan Schneiderlin: Keep
While other sources claim Schneiderlin’s future remains a difficult conundrum, it is simple for me.
The Frenchman is a solid performer, and as a squad player he is essential to keep, what with Everton now possessing the deepest of pockets to replace all fringe players.
Bernard has impressed this season, and with a full pre-season under his belt, he’ll likely get better.
I, and many other Evertonians, are excited to see what he can do next season.
Maarten Stekelenburg: Sell
Not good enough to be back-up to Pickford, Stekelenburg needs to go.
He isn’t going to challenge Pickford’s spot, and he isn’t young and developing.
Seamus Coleman: Keep
Likely Everton’s new club captain after Jagielka departs, Coleman will stay for the experience he offers, as well as his dwindling match quality.
Despite this, the club need another long-term right-back.
Tom Davies: Keep
One for the future, Davies has impressed in small spurts this season.
He’ll continue to grow and improve, and is part of the long-term project.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin: Keep
DCL has continued to improve and grow into his role this season, and although he isn’t currently the answer to Everton’s starting striker issue, he will be a star in the long-term.
Everton’s big money signing, Richarlison has begun his Everton career in fine fashion.
He’ll only get better, and that is an exciting prospect.
Ademola Lookman: Keep
Another long-term project player, Lookman has been unfortunate not to feature that often this season.
He’ll only improve with minutes, and hopefully he’ll receive more of them in the upcoming season.
Matthew Pennington: Sell
By this point in his career, Pennington won’t become a long-term player for Everton. He needs to move on, and the Championship appears to be his level.
Jonjoe Kenny: Keep
I’m not sure where Kenny’s career will take him long-term, but for now, he remains on Merseyside.
Kevin Mirallas: Sell
No brainer. Kev needs to get gone as soon as he gets back from his loan spell.
Yannick Bolasie: Sell
Yala’s time on Merseyside is done. He’ll be moved on to a new club, if he doesn’t sign permanently in Belgium.
Mason Holgate: Keep
I’m a big fan of Mason, and so is Marco Silva from what I gather. Hopefully he’s learnt a lot from his time with West Brom, and can return to Goodison a stronger and better player.
Sandro Ramirez: Sell
He isn’t good enough, his goal record in the past two years says it all. A gamble worth taking, but not one that has paid off.
Nikola Vlasic: Keep
Vlasic has been majorly successful for CSKA Moscow this season, and rumour has it that he is keen to leave.
But I’d much rather see him stay. I like him and I think he offers something different, as well as being one for the future.
Muhamed Besic: Sell
Besic is another who has become a fan favourite of sorts in the past, but he isn’t good enough to make an impact at Goodison Park. Best of luck to him.
Kieran Dowell: Loan
There has been talk about Dowell being sold this summer, but I’d rather him be loaned out.
He needs experience in the Premier League, so a bottom half of the table side would be ideal.
Henry Onyekuru: Keep
The Nigerian has impressed for both Anderlecht and Galatasaray in the two years since he signed for Everton, and so long as he can get his work permit sorted, I’m excited to see what he can offer next season.
Oumar Niasse: Sell
He’s a fan favourite, but he does’t have the ability.
I genuinely wish Oumar all the best.