The Europa League. Can they get it? Should they get it?
Everton’s recent improvement in form means they are now finally sitting in the top half of the table after sharing the majority of the first half of the season down the bottom with reigning champions, Chelsea.
Necessary changes have been made to the Blue’s starting 11 due to injuries to Keeper Tim Howard and Defender, John Stones. Yet, these changes have proven fruitful as Everton have now taken all 6 points from their last two League games and have also progressed into the next round of the F.A Cup without conceding a single goal, which has been a rare sight this season. If their latest form is to continue as the campaign progresses and the Blues keep picking up a substantial amount of points along the way, they could find themselves finishing the season with a Europa League qualification.
After a successful first season for Roberto Martinez, Everton found themselves competing in ‘said’ competition but whilst they found achievement in Europe by reaching the last 16, their League form suffered. This was the first time in nearly a decade that Everton finished in the bottom half. So knowing what happened the first time round, do you think Europa would be a suitable tournament for the Merseyside club next season? In my opinion it all depends on our business in the transfer market this summer. I think the reason we suffered last season was down to the fact we did not have enough ‘first-team’ level players to rotate around. The same goes for our squad at the moment because whilst we have some great potential coming up through the youth system, e.g. Henen, Galloway, Browning etc, we are still missing cover for some valuable positions such as Right-back and Goalkeeper (especially if Howard leaves in the summer).
With the Takeover looking imminent by the Americans, the funds that they would bring to the club would certainly be a huge building block to use in progressing the club for achievements in tournaments like the Europa League and maybe even the Champions League. Accomplishment in these sort of competitions would reinstate Everton as one of the top clubs in the League like they have been in the past and they really would be able to start to attract some star players.
Whilst many people are slightly dubious about having American owners, what I have read about them, they seem keen to take the club to the next level and they, like our players and manager, have a hunger for success. It seems like a match made in heaven on paper, but only time will tell if it will be the right move. Bill Kenwright has said from the start that he would only sell to the right person for the good of the club.
Sometimes you just need to take a chance.