While all eyes were on the Premier League’s top six splashing the cash, it is the seventh best team in England – Ronald Koeman’s Everton – who have taken the transfer market by storm so far.
With Romelu Lukaku likely heading to Old Trafford and Ross Barkley’s future uncertain, the Toffees’ fans may be worried ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. However, they should look ahead to the new season with some optimism as a result of the additions of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru and a bargain deal to sign young Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez.
There are more expected to arrive with Koeman completing an overhaul of a squad with the aim to surely challenge for a top four spot. The next name on that list looks set to be an emotional return for Wayne Rooney to his boyhood club, with the former England skipper surplus to requirements at Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Everton are also believed to be interested in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud. Let’s have a look at how a new-look Everton side could line up for next season.
Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford
A fee of £30 million for a young English keeper who had a decent season with Sunderland is steep, but Everton will argue it’s an investment for the future.
Everton struggled to replace Tim Howard with Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles failing to impress. Pickford is expected to be number one.
Defenders: Mason Holgate, Ashley Williams, Michael Keane, Leighton Baines
It is unclear when Seamus Coleman will return to action following his horror leg break while on international duty for the Republic of Ireland against Wales in March.
The impressive young Mason Holgate could continue to deputise for the Donegal full-back.
Ashley Williams has been a successful signing for Everton since his arrival last summer from Swansea while the acquisition of Keane could demote Phil Jagielka to the bench. Baines should retain his left-back spot. However, it would not be a shock if Everton looked at signing a new full-back before the end of the transfer window.
Midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye, Davy Klaassen
Everton have an abundance of options in the middle of the park with young star Tom Davies and the experienced Gareth Barry also pushing for places.
However, Gueye was one of Everton’s best performers last season while Schneiderlin has fitted in with ease since joining from Manchester United last summer.
New signing from Ajax Klaassen could also play a key role with the Dutch midfielder showing leadership qualities in Ajax’s run to the Europa League final.
Forwards: Yannick Bolasie, Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez
With Lukaku departing for Old Trafford and with Ross Barkley looking like he could join Tottenham, Everton’s front line could be completely new look in August.
That said, they still have plenty of options. Bolasie missed most of last season due to injury but he appears to be fit and raring to go for the new season. If Koeman can secure the services of Rooney, it will be intriguing to see which position he plays in – or if he even starts at all.
Spain under-21 international Sandro Ramirez can play a centre-forward or in a wide position. If Everton were to pull off a huge signing in Giroud then that would make competition for places extremely intense.
Potential Everton Starting XI:
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