As the season draws to a close it is time to reflect on what was and what could have been for the Toffees.
A poor Christmas period in which Everton only won four of 15 league games between December and March hampered what would have been an otherwise impressive season as Everton slumped to a disappointing eighth-place finish.
However, a solid run in including draws with Liverpool and Tottenham as well as wins over Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have set the Blues back on track for next season as they once again look to break into the European qualification spots.
But for now, let’s look back on the last nine months of football and rate each Everton players performance in the 2018/19 campaign.
This will only consist of players who have made at least 10 appearances across all competitions. So there’s no room for the likes of Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka who made eight and seven appearances respectively.
Jordan Pickford - 5
Ever present between the sticks for the Toffees, Pickford has struggled to maintain the lofty standards he set last season.
A crucial mistake against Liverpool will be hard to forget on the Blue side of Merseyside but he looked back to his old self in the final part of the season. The next campaign will be make or break for this England shot-stopper as he looks to make his grasp on the England number 1 shirt tighter.
Michael Keane - 7
Much improved from last season, Keane has started to look like the player we saw at Burnley before his move.
An outstanding performance in the Merseyside derby capped off with a last-ditch tackle that was a key factor in local rivals Liverpool missing out on the league title will do this man’s reputation the world of good.
Expect Keane to become a key building block in Marco Silva’s plans at Goodison as he looks to sure up a shaky back line, particularly from set pieces.
Kurt Zouma - 7
Forming a formidable partnership with Keane at centre back it is no surprise that Zouma is consistently linked with a move to make his loan deal permanent.
Headed goals against Bournemouth and West Ham showed he can be effective at both ends of the pitch and you would struggle to find an Everton fan who wouldn’t like to see Zouma back with the Toffees next season.
A transfer ban placed on Chelsea may put the breaks onto that move but with new life breathed into the French international since his move to the north-west, fans will await updates with bated breath.
Yerry Mina - 4
Failing to shine in the same way that Zouma has since his move, this version of Yerry Mina is far from the towering behemoth that scored in all three of his appearances at the World Cup last summer.
Struggling to make any real impact this season, the only highlight of his time in royal blue so far remains the opening goal in a dominant 5-1 victory over Burnley.
Seamus Coleman - 6
If you could use one word to describe Seamus Coleman this season you would be hard pushed to find a better one than ‘reliable’.
The right-back has been fortunate to only miss two games this year through injury, something which has hampered his game in previous seasons and while the late, marauding runs into the opposition penalty area that made Coleman so popular may not be as common anymore, goals against Brighton and Burnley show that this right back still has some of that magic left in an otherwise ordinary season.
Jonjoe Kenny - 6
A good stand-in for Coleman, Kenny can probably count himself unlucky not to have played more considering his standard when called upon. But was overlooked due to Coleman’s impressive form at right back.
Stand out performances against Fulham and Leicester will only help increase calls for this local lad to make the next step up and become a regular starter but may benefit from more Premier League game time with a loan move to a relegation battling side next season.
Lucas Digne - 8
When Lucas Digne was brought in last summer many expected him to play second fiddle to club legend Leighton Baines, eventually taking over when Baines chose to step aside.
Digne wasn’t willing to wait that long. A tremendous first season from the French left-back has established him as Everton’s first choice and as a fan favourite at Goodison Park.
Links to Tottenham will unnerve fans who will hope that Digne is just taking his first steps in matching his predecessor’s success at left-back for the Toffees.
Morgan Schneiderlin - 6
Despite persistent stick from fans Schneiderlin has kept going and his hard work paid off this year. Hardly moving heaven and earth but has settled nicely into the role as a squad player and consistently performed when called upon.
Andre Gomes - 7
Written off by Barcelona but has found a new lease of life in England. Competent both picking out a beautiful pass and also sliding into a crunching tackle it is easy to see why Toffees fans have taken to him so quickly.
Another player that will be keen to remain out his loan deal ends and Everton will be trying everything to make that happen despite the fact a good season will have increased the asking price.
Idrissa Gueye - 7
Interest from PSG and Manchester United clearly turned Gueye’s head last summer but he kept his cool and put in a season of top performances as a consummate professional.
Still linked with moves to major clubs and will likely be allowed to leave this summer one game short of 100 league appearances for the Toffees in an impressive three-year spell.
Gylfi Sigurdsson - 7
Definitely Everton’s second-best player after Lucas Digne, Sigurdsson chipped in with 13 goals finishing joint top scorer for the Toffees and making up for some of the missing goals from a disappointing front line.
Also continues an Everton tradition of dangerous direct free kick takers.
Tom Davies - 5
Hailed as the next in a long line of young English talent to break through at Everton, Davies growth was stunted this year due to irregular game time.
Failed to shine when given opportunities in the first team but is still young and remains a key part of Everton’s plans going forward. Much like Kenny may benefit from more game time elsewhere if he is unable to break into the Toffees plans right now.
Theo Walcott - 4
Given the hefty wage that Walcott is supposedly on, there were high expectations for the former Arsenal man but Walcott failed to live up to any of them.
Feeling more like a utility player at times, he showed flashes of brilliance in games against Southampton and Tottenham but must improve if he is going to justify the money spent.
Bernard - 6
Had a slow start to life at Everton and is still yet to hit the heights we saw at Shakhtar Donetsk but his explosive pace and tricky feet have made sure that Everton fans have quickly warmed to the Brazilian. The fact he arrived as a free transfer also makes for nice reading for the Toffees in the age of inflated transfer fees.
Cenk Tosun - 3
A disappointing first full season for the Turkish striker has left huge question marks over the reported £27 million fee paid in January last year. Primarily appearing from the bench Tosun has struggled to make an impact in front of goal, scoring just four goals leading to rumours that he will be ditched at a cut-price this summer to make room for a new signing.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin - 6
Probably given a bit more leeway due to his age but Calvert-Lewin feels just a few steps away from the striker that Everton have been searching for. A disappointing goal tally of eight will do nothing to dampen the spirits of Toffees fans who saw a pacey, enthusiastic striker constantly willing to chase down what others would view as a missed chance.
A few intensive finishing drills over the summer and the right service and 2019/20 could be the season that Calvert-Lewin becomes a breakout star.
Richarlison - 7
Led the line for the Toffees for the majority of the season and mostly justified the £50 million price tag that had raised so many eyebrows. Finished joint-top scorer with Sigurdsson and at just 22-years-old it is no surprise that he is already being linked to big moves across Europe. Everton would do well to keep hold this tricky Brazilian as he could be the cornerstone to creating an exciting, attacking frontline.
Ademola Lookman - 5
Failed to recapture his Bundesliga form after being told he was not allowed to leave last summer. Limited game time, primarily from the bench will have done little to convince Lookman that Goodison Park is the right place for him.
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