Everton have been relatively quiet this transfer window, which makes me think (like Crystal Palace), they’ve got a bit more work to do. They have just signed Bosnian Muhamed Besic, but as a defensive midfielder he’s hardly going to jump into your FPL sides.
It makes me sad every time I look at the Coleman‘s price and realise that he’s not the bargain he was last year. That said, he’ll still be a valuable player and has a ridiculous amount of attacking threat. John Stones is an interesting one, although at £5.5 he may just be a little bit too expensive for my liking. Another £0.5 in the downwards direction and we would have been cooking with gas. He’ll play most of the year, after taking over from the ageing Sylvain Distin midway through last year. Jagielka will be solid again, and unspectacular, AGAIN, but it’s over on the left side that we’ll see our favourite defensive prospect.
Bainesy Boy. With a sumptuous left peg and a haircut that makes him look like the illegitimate son of George Harrison and Ellen De Generes, he has to be considered. His price tag of £7.0 isn’t as high as it has been in the past, and warrants a huge % of investment.
Tim Howard was a gun at the WC, and at £5.5 he’s cheap… but is he worth picking over DDG at the same price? I’d hazard a guess at no.
This is where it gets a little more interesting. I’ve gone with the 4-2-3-1 structure that Everton rolled out last year, but after looking at their personnel they’re perhaps more inclined to play a 4-3-3. They have a dearth of defensive midfielders, with McCarthy and Barry almost certain to play that role, with Osman and Besic to deputise. Against the harder teams, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Osman start over Pienaar though, when Everton will need more depth in midfield.
Named as a forward, Naismith will be vying with Pienaar for the left flank role in a 4-2-3-1. As a result- I’d be touching neither.
Barkley is a gun- that’s for sure, but at £7.0 he’s a little pricier than what we’ve come to expect. He has the role in the hole basically sewn up already, and Mirallas has the right flank role in his back pocket- he has since 2013. Aiden McGeady is an interesting proposition, in that he’s absolutely lightning fast, but failed to set the world on fire when he transferred from Spartak Moscow last year. With a full pre-season I’d be shocked if he didn’t get more of a go- and is definitely a ‘wait and see’ prospect.
The proverbial cupboard is oh so fucking bare on this one. Literally all they have is Kone, who was hardly inspiring off the bench last year. Rumour has it that Lukaku is in the works as a loan signing, but until it happens, Everton are looking desperately short up top.
Kone will definitely get game time if Lukaku stays though, and may be worth a cheeky look.
Consider: Coleman, Barkley, Mirallas
Wait & See: Kone, Pienaar, McGeady
Avoid: McCarthy, Barry, Besic.