Everton enjoyed a successful first season under the management of Ronald Koeman in 2016/17, finishing seventh in the Premier League. A place in the Europa League was their reward but the Toffees were largely indebted to star striker Romelu Lukaku who scored 25 goals, only bettered by Tottenham’s Harry Kane who netted 29.
But with such a proven and prolific forward in their ranks, Everton are extremely likely to lose Lukaku in the transfer window. Reports have already suggested that he has reached an agreement with another club.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) 8 June 2017
The Toffees are guaranteed to receive a huge fee for the 24 year-old if he eventually does eventually leave Merseyside but here’s why their transfer business so far shows that they are more than capable of coping without the big Belgian.
Davy will show his class in the Premier League
Manager Ronald Koeman’s first summer acquisition was a shrewd signing to say the least.
Davy Klaassen came through the ranks at Ajax and took the mantle as one of their hottest prospects prior to his move. The 24 year-old won Dutch footballer of the year in 2016 and skippered the Amsterdam outfit last season.
Also a regular for the Netherlands, Klaassen scored 49 goals and won three Eredivisie titles during his time in Holland and is a well rounded attacking midfielder who will undoubtedly cope with the step up to the Premier League.
His signature surely indicates that Ross Barkley has been barking up the wrong tree when stalling with his contract negotiations, and his future could therefore lie elsewhere.
Koeman has picked a long term goalkeeper
It’s not just the attacking front where Everton are strengthening, but also at the back.
Jordan Pickford recently put pen to paper at Goodison Park, moving from relegated Sunderland for a fee of around £30 million- a British record for a goalkeeper.
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Many have condemned the high price tag but fees are only going to rise in the present transfer market and there were plenty of other clubs lining up to sign Pickford, and with good reason.
The 23 year-old was second only to Tom Heaton in making the most top flight saves last season and has comfortably equalled other goalkeepers at higher placed clubs in terms of stats.
At a young age and on a long term contract, Everton have a safe pair of hands between the sticks for the first time since Tim Howard left the club.
The Toffees have been keen to get their business done early
Former Burnley defender Michael Keane became the fourth Everton addition already this summer.
With pre-season on the horizon, the Toffees have not come unstuck in signing players early as they look to compete amongst the highly competitive Premier League top six next year.
— Everton (@Everton) 4 July 2017
Another exciting English prospect- Keane joins Klaassen, Pickford, Onyekuru and Sandro Ramirez as Koeman’s quintet of summer signings so far.
Sandro, who joined from La Liga side Malaga, is expected to go some way in replacing Lukaku’s goals.
The 21 year-old helped Spain to the UEFA U21 Euro Final and scored 14 league goals in 2016/17, joining for a miniscule fee of just over £5 million. The former Barcelona youngster could be a bargain for Everton.
Goodison Park is the best place for young players
England U20’s were crowned World Champions in June, staking a claim to be called the nations next golden generation.
Four of the starting 11 in their 1-0 final victory over Venezuela play for Everton and the club are a rare and shining example when it comes to developing home grown players.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winner in the final and he has already broken into the Everton first team on sporadic occasions despite only being 20 years of age.
Ademola Lookman, Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Brendan Galloway, Jonjoe Kenny and Kieran Dowell join Calvert-Lewin in a hoard of promising Evertonians who have all featured in England’s youth ranks.
Under Ronald Koeman, who has a knack of developing youth, they should all continue to thrive in 2017/18.
Everton are finally a financial force to be reckoned with
With Farhad Moshiri appointed as Everton’s new major shareholder, he has vowed to give them the funds to compete with other big spenders in the transfer window and so far that has proved to be the case.
The Toffees have already spent around £90 million this summer and this represents a trend in increased spending over the last few seasons.
If Romelu Lukaku leaves, it will be for a fee of around that gargantuan amount, meaning that Everton have bulked up in all of the necessary areas using the Lukaku money wisely.
Everton are now Europe’s top spenders having signed Keane, Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez and Henry Onyekuru.
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— Betin Kenya (@BetinKenya) 4 July 2017
Then again, Lukaku may not leave. Either way Everton FC is in an excellent position and could very well improve on their seventh place finish next season.