Everton have shown their inconsistencies of late as the season draws to a close. Home wins over Arsenal and Manchester United came either side of a disappointing loss at Fulham who are already relegated.
The challenge for the Toffees next season is to hit the ground running and show that they are genuine challenges for European competition.
Marco Silva is the manager tasked by the club’s ambitious hierarchy to overseen Everton’s fortunes. The Portuguese manager will probably be backed heavily in the transfer market in order to achieve his goals.
With the 2018/19 season not yet over, could Silva be about to make his first big mistake, however?
The Daily Mail is reporting that Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka could be handed one-year extensions to their deals which expire during the summer.
Baines has played 411 times for the Toffees during a 12-year association with the club. Jagielka has 384 appearances during the same amount of time at Goodison Park.
Are these guys really worthy of new deals though?
The duo have just 12 league appearances between them this season. Yes, they are the ultimate professionals but will they really serve a purpose at the club beyond the end of this season.
Everton’s board are extremely ambitious and this smacks of sentiment getting in the way of logical thinking.
Jagielka and Baines are both worshipped by Everton fans and that is fine, but with both now well into their 30s they should wave goodbye and start showing some proper ambition.