A new season dawns for Everton, who have landed a number of exciting signings this summer under the guidance of new boss Marco Silva.
Silva raided former employees Everton for the services of Richarlison, who arrived on a club-record deal, and then snatched three signings from Barcelona in the form of Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes – with the latter pair arriving on a busy Deadline Day.
That has led to raised optimism at Goodison Park and lessons can be learnt from pre-season, where we have identified one winner and one loser from Everton’s games.
After hitting the ground running in the Premier League last season, Richarlison endured a major dip in form at the turn of the year new and that led sum to be concerned when Everton splashed a club-record fee to land the Brazilian.
However, the early signs are promising as the 21-year-old regularly stood-out as the Toffees’ best player during the pre-season campaign and looks set to be one of the star’s of the show for Marco Silva’s side at Goodison Park.
Consistency is lacking from his game but that should improve as he matures, with Silva the perfect man to craft him into a world beater.
“They (Watford) got the price they wanted and I thank God I’m at Everton. I am aiming high. I want to achieve a lot here, make history here and make a name for myself at Everton. I am a calm person and I know my responsibilities. I will show it on the field.”
Loser: Phil Jagielka
The area where fans were most concerned about heading into 2018-19 was in defence and those worries rose further in pre-season, where the 35-year-old veteran showed a real lack of place and led to Silva dipping into the market.
Jagielka’s experience could prove to be an asset this season to help Michael Keane and Yerry Mina but first-team football is unlikely to be something he earns on a regular basis at Goodison Park, heading into what is likely to be his final season at the club.
He signed a one-year extension in June but is unlikely to be first-choice under Marco Silva.