Everton’s 2018/19 season was packed with ups and downs, but their form towards the end of the campaign has left the supporters with plenty of encouragement to take into the summer.
The Toffees suffered from inconsistency at times throughout the season but appear to be building something exciting, with Marco Silva and Marcel Brands at the helm.
Everton failed to secure their place in European competition next season, but this may yet be a blessing in disguise.
The manager will be allowed to work closely with his squad, which is likely to be supplemented with additional quality in the summer and focus on pushing them into contention for a finish in the top six or seven.
An important transfer window awaits the Toffees, but they will be able to reflect on their efforts in the 2018/19 campaign with general satisfaction, although the desire for success of a greater degree will no doubt be on the minds of the Goodison faithful.
Here are five things we learned from the past season.
Silva should be trusted
Marco Silva’s position at Everton came under scrutiny during the middle stages of the season. However, he has improved several of the club’s players, created a tactical system that works and has continued to grow as his tenure has gone on. The Toffees appear to have the right man at the helm to lead them through the exciting upcoming years.
Risk paid off
Eyebrows were raised when Everton spent big to sign Richarlison from Watford. It was a risky signing, but it has more than paid off, with the Brazilian emerging as a talismanic figure for the Toffees, endearing himself to the club’s supporters and earning his place as a regular in the Brazilian national team.
Loan pair must stay
Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma were fantastic during their respective loan spells. They improved Everton’s starting line-up massively and, following such an impressive pair of campaigns, the club must do all they can to land them both permanently.
Competing with the big boys
Everton were able to put themselves among the big boys of the division, especially towards the end of the campaign. They defeated Arsenal and Manchester United at Goodison Park and held Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to draws. The Toffees more than held their own, and this bodes well as they pursue a place in the top six in the coming seasons.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a player who has outperformed Lucas Digne in an Everton shirt since his arrival. After struggling at European giants like Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, he has been phenomenal for the Toffees, emerging as one of the Premier League’s best left-backs. He is among the club’s greatest signings in recent years.