Andy Gray believes Everton should be in top four reckoning this season
Former Everton hero Andy Gray believes that the club is potentially missing a huge opportunity this season to potentially break the top four in the Premier League.
Everton have so far struggled to find consistent form this season and are currently one place outside the relegation zone.
That is despite heavy investment the last two summers in the club and plenty of backing for manager Marco Silva.
Speaking on beIN SPORTS Gray, who won the Cup Winners’ Cup during his spell as a Goodison Park player, believes this season presented a great chance for Everton to crack the top six. The Scot even feels Everton could have challenged the Champions League places for the first time since the David Moyes era.
“With the investment in the club and where they normally are, normally in the top six or seven. There is absolutely no reason why Everton shouldn’t be batting up there in the top six.
“In a season like we are seeing, with Tottenham struggling, Manchester United struggling, Arsenal may struggle, Chelsea may struggle, when the opportunity is there to get into the top four, maybe, in a season like this. Everton should be there asking questions.”
Gray actually makes a good point. Liverpool and Manchester City are currently way out in front as the dominant teams in English football. But behind them, the usual four are going through transition.
Arsenal are still rebuilding from the Arsene Wenger era under Unai Emery. Manchester United cannot find their best form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Chelsea are going with youth under Frank Lampard after a transfer embargo whilst Tottenham, currently, are in freefall.
It leaves a potential opening for other teams and Everton, considering their squad, investment and usual Premier League placing, should have been right in the mix.
Instead, it seems Leicester City are best placed to forge such a challenge. Everton, once again, are facing a major missed opportunity.
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