It is nearly impossible to look too far into the future and predict how a team could line-up in several years time, what with form, managerial opinion, circumstance and transfers dictating how a squad is shaped.
Everton have a fairly youthful squad though, so it wouldn’t be extreme to imagine that in five years time, the club might not be all that different, at least as far as the starting line-up is concerned.
As such, we’ve attempted to conceive a starting line-up ahead of the 2025/26 Premier League campaign, to see who could still be proudly wearing Everton’s royal blue at the stadium on Bramley Moore Dock.
With Everton’s talented group of young players, as well as their rich academy set-up, there are many options for this team, as well as potential signings that could be made in the next few seasons.
Here is how we predict Everton’s line-up might look in five years.
GK: Jordan Pickford
At just 26, there is no doubting that Pickford will still be capable of playing for Everton in five years time, should he get his act together and avoid being sold in the near future.
RB: Jonjoe Kenny
Having recently turned 22, Kenny could also be at Everton for the long haul if he decides to return to Goodison Park from Schalke this summer.
He has shown potential, and with Everton needing to soon find a long-term right-back solution, Kenny could be the man to run the line for the foreseeable future.
CB: Mason Holgate
Mason is only 23 so once again, he could be in it for the long-haul if he can continue to keep up his current levels for the Blues.
CB: Gabriel Magalhaes
While Everton have a talented group of defenders coming through, their potential summer signing of Gabriel from Lille could see the club establish their long-term defensive prospects.
Gabriel is just 22, is highly promising, and could well become a leader for the Blues.
LB: Lucas Digne
Digne will be 27 years old before next season starts, but despite this, he is undoubtedly the club’s long-term left-back.
Since succeeding Leighton Baines, Digne has been the perfect fit, and unless the Blues happen upon a world-beating young starlet to succeed the Frenchman, he’ll be our no.3 in five years time.
RW: Hirving Lozano
The Mexican forward is a favourite of Carlo Ancelotti and Marcel Brands, and has been tipped to join the club in the near future.
Lozano will be 25 by the beginning of next season, but that leaves him with plenty of time to impress for Everton, and he could still be around in five years time.
CM: JP Gbamin
Gbamin has had his first season in English football tarnished by injury, so we don’t even know whether he can hack it in the Premier League.
However, should he show that he is capable in this league, then Gbamin could be the experienced head in midfield for the long haul.
CM: Tyler Onyango
While Tom Davies could play here, as could Beni Baningime, or any number of signings, we’ve gone for the club’s next genuine talent.
Therefore we look to talented starlet Onyango, who at just 17 has already been making waves in Everton’s youth set-up, having been described as an ‘absolute machine’.
In five years time, the midfielder could be at Barcelona, he could be at Macclesfield Town, or he could be wearing the Toffees’ royal blue.
Everton really could benefit in the future from having such a young side now, and Richarlison should be at his peak in five years time. 22 years old now and arguably Everton’s best player, the club’s only concern should be whether they can keep hold of the Brazilian.
ST: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Having recently turned 23, Calvert-Lewin could have a big future for Everton ahead of him if he keeps working hard and if he remains at the club.
He has excelled this season under Ancelotti, and hopefully, he’ll continue to do so.
ST: Moise Kean
At just 19, Moise Kean hasn’t impressed all that much this season. However, as a long-term investment, the Italian could be an entirely different player in five years time.
Here’s hoping he scores plenty of goals and helps Everton rocket up the league table during that time.