Everton enjoyed a strong end to the 2018/19 campaign, with Marco Silva’s side finishing eighth in the Premier League. It had looked for a while that the Toffees could finish in the bottom half of the table, but Silva proved his worth in the end.
The challenge for a club of Everton’s size next season will be to try and earn European qualification by finishing in the top six. In order to complete such a feat, reinforcements will be required during the summer.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the club will be in the market for as many as six new players. Silva wants to keep loan stars Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma, whilst he would also like a right-back, central midfield, right-winger and a striker to arrive at Goodison Park.
The news of a right-back being targeted isn’t great news for Mason Holgate. The versatile defender is currently on loan at West Brom, where he has helped them reach the Championship play-offs.
Holgate can play centre-back but it seems unlikely that Silva will opt to use him there given the wealth of options he has. Seamus Coleman is the first choice right-back and Holgate will have fancied doing well for the Baggies and then rivalling the Irishman for a spot in the Everton team.
Those chances will look increasingly slim if he does decide to sign a new right-sided defender. Holgate could end up on the Goodison Park scrapheap and might need to head to pastures new to play regular football.
The 22-year-old was seen as a player with a bright future when he signed from Barnsley. Silva just hasn’t fancied him, however, and he joined the Albion in January.
He has played 19 games for the Championship outfit and if he doesn’t have a future with his parent club, his performances will certainly have put him in the shop window for potential suitors.