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Everton need a complete rebuild this summer

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 4 Feb 2018

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A few days ago, I wrote an editorial about how Seamus Coleman’s return to the Everton team could be the catalyst for the Toffees reviving their season. However, a few short days later Everton head to Arsenal and come home with a 5-1 hammering.

Coleman was not in the Everton, neither was Tom Davies, Wayne Rooney or Gylfi Sigurdsson, all players who were part of a winning team last time out.

The team that Sam Allardyce named on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium was as if the former England boss was completely writing the game off. Everton are traditionally poor, but to name that team and unfamiliar formation was throwing in the town before kick-off.

Everybody within the club to blame

I was an advocate of Sam Allardyce’s appointment at Everton. However, it was only on the proviso that he left in the summer and took little Sam with him.

Appointing the former West Ham boss was a desperate act to get us out of the relegation zone. On 31 points, the Blues are still not completely clear of the drop zone. However, they should just about pick up enough points to avoid playing Championship football season.

Allardyce just does not seem to be able to get the best out of the players at the club at the minute.

Everton’s campaign is the story of people failing to do their jobs in every department of the club. The managers, the director of football Steve Walsh and of course the players.

The clubs hierarchy must take some of the blame too, as they kept Walsh when they fired Ronald Koeman. The former Leicester employee needs to be shown the exit, as he has done very little to justify his salary since his arrival.

A clear out needed this summer

Everton have now spent over £250million in two transfer windows. That is unprecedented spending from the Toffees in the modern era. However, most teams would show major improvement for that sort of spending.

Not Everton, though. The Blues went from a team looking like a top-four challenger to a team fighting against relegation. This season has been a lost campaign in majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri’s attempt at making the club great again. He sanctioned that spending, but the managers and Steve Walsh have spent the money poorly.

The Everton squad is full of players that are simply not good enough. The list of players that should stay is a lot shorter than the ones that need to go. The likes of Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka no longer look capable of playing in the top-flight. Then there is Morgan Schneiderlin, who in the past has shown talent, but looks like he simply cannot be bothered.

Full-back Cuco Martina may have been made a scapegoat this season. However, the stick he gets is justified. In the likes of Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Theo Walcott, Yannick Bolasie, Idrissa Gueye, Wayne Rooney and Tom Davies, Everton have a core of players that a good boss could add to and build a team.

There are also youngsters like Jon Joe Kenny, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Nikola Vlasic, Ademola Lookman, Kieran Dowell and Mason Holgate who could all thrive with the guidance.

Everton fans just want this season to end

At the minute, I think most Evertonian’s just want the season to end. I am not sure they are concerned what position the team finishes in, as long as it is not the bottom three.

The campaign has been a nightmare for Everton, yet they are just 4/7 to finish in the top ten of the league this season. It is a sad indictment of the league that a team that is in such a mess might finish in the top half.

It will be a major surprise if Sam Allardyce is still in charge of Everton next season. A number of names are circulating as possible replacements for the former England boss, including understandably former target Marco Silva.

Judging by the way this season has gone, it not a guarantee that Allardyce will leave the club in the summer. If he does not then Mr Moshiri’s plans for returning the club to its former glories will go up in smoke, as he will lose the majority of the supporters.

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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