Everton boss Marco Silva had steadied the ship somewhat prior to Saturday’s defeat to Fulham, winning three successive games.
It typified the Toffees’ inconsistencies this season given that the defeat to a team already relegated came on the back of wins against Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea.
Silva will strive to find a winning formula next season. The club’s ambitious hierarchy will probably hand him a decent-sized kitty in which to achieve such goals.
One thing the boss must do is strip the club of the deadwood and some players will certainly leave. The need to replace such surplus with real quality was evident in Saturday’s abysmal loss.
Theo Walcott hasn’t really set the Premier League alight this season, casting a frustrated figure more often than not. His season has reaped just four goals and two assists from 36 games.
Swansea City winger Daniel James is set to be a wanted man this summer. Wales Online reported earlier this month that Tottenham and Leicester had joined Leeds in the chase to sign the highly-rated youngster.
Everton need to seriously look throwing their hat into the ring for the 21-year-old. With pace to burn and the ability to storm past opponents, James looks set to be a top player.
The Wales international would certainly represent an upgrade on the struggling Walcott. The Swansea man would almost certainly cost less than the £100k-a-week that the ex-Arsenal man currently earns, according to Spotrac.
James has enjoyed a decent breakthrough campaign scoring five goals and creating eight assists. It is the player’s undoubted potential that should tempt Everton into a purchase, however.
Walcott has just entered his thirties and it perhaps the time to pursue players such as James in a changing of the Goodison Park guard.