A year and half ago Everton were lost. The players were lost, the manager was lost and the club had lost its identity. After what looked to be another mid-table finish reward to Farhad Moshiri’s investment, times were looking grey for the Blue half of merseyside especially with Liverpool rubbing salt in the wound by adding another Champions League trophy to their cabinet…but something big was just around the corner.
On the 6th of December 2019, Everton parted ways with manager Marco Silva after a poor run of form leaving the club falling further and further down the table. The sad truth of the situation though was that it just took someone losing their job to give millions of fans that ray of hope…that hope that things might be about to change. Farhad moshiri has never been shy about putting his hand in his pocket for the club and it was time for him to fork out for some quality. In his own words, he wanted a “Hollywood Manager”. That manager – Carlo Ancelotti.
On the 21st Dec Everton got their man.
Not only is Carlo a manager with a proven track record of winning games and winning silverware – he is a legend in the game and his pulling power was apparent in the summer transfer window with the acquisition of such names as Allan and James Rodriguez. (Marcel Brands’ work can not go unnoticed in this situation though as not many people can barter down a clubs asking price from £35+ million to absolutely nothing… maybe I’ll get some advice off him when buying my first house…)
The lack of fans has resulted in a strange season this far. No real home advantage, a more intense schedule, more injuries etc – however, Ancelotti’s Everton are proving to be a force. The summer signings have hit the ground running, Michael Keane has surely booked his place in the Euro’s and Dominic Calvert-Lewin is slowly making his transition into Dominic Calvert-Lewandowski. Its all looking good for Evertonians, especially after beating the Reds on their own turf, but what should Everton’s realistic aims be?
Europe. This needs to be top priority. Its these kind of competitions that attract and keep players. Realistically, how long can you expect players like Richarlison to stay without giving them an opportunity to test themselves against the best? There is no doubt Champions League would be the dream but the Europa League could be that stepping stone needed to make that jump this season. Everton have the money, the ambition, the manager and a impressive new stadium on the way and European football would be the cherry on the top of the cake to kick off the new era of the Toffees and all of the above create a desirble option for any player.
Of course, a trophy is still possible this season after the Blues saw off Tottenham in a thrilling 5-4 win at Goodison park in the FA Cup, and it is certainly something Evertonians crave after not seeing their team bring home silverware since 1995 but they face a tough test in the next stage as they take on the league leaders Manchester City on the 20th of March.
It’ll be a tough task to beat City, especially during this record breaking winning streak they are currently on, but not impossible. Anything is possible in football. Nevertheless, fans mustn’t be disheartened if they find themselves out of the cup this year, it has to be remembered that this is Carlos first full season, there has obviously been an improvement on and off the pitch and if anyone was to bring Trophies back to Everton then it is going to be the man with 20 to his name.
Trust the process.
Trust the Blues.
Good times are coming.