Year Formed

1878

Stadium

Goodison Park

Capacity

39,572
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

2013/14

2013/14 saw the Toffees finish 5th on 72 points after an impressive defence only let slip 39 goals, the third best in the league. Everton also gave as good as they took, rattling home 61 goals en route to 21 wins, including victories against Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, and qualifying for the Europa League.

 

How they fared last season

Could be seen as a disappointment considering the talent in the squad. Despite a cluster of international players, they often looked like they were running backwards. Sacked manager Roberto Martinez simply could not bring out the best in his team, leading to a disappointing 11th place finish.

59
number of goals
scored last season
55
number of goals
conceded last season
5
red cards
44
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

Last season’s results were not a true reflection of what the squad can do.

Everton underachieved significantly last season with Martinez heavily criticised for this tactical decisions and his team selections.

New manager Ronald Koeman should provide a breath of fresh air and the Toffees will be aiming for a finish between fourth and eighth.

Everton have endured two consecutive seasons finishing outside the top ten, and with the talent at their disposal, they could yet be the sleeping giant of the Premier League.

 

Weaknesses

One of Everton’s biggest problems is their lack of depth and an over-reliance on star players like Romelu Lukaku who scored 25 goals last season.

If another club comes knocking for Lukaku, the Toffees don’t appear to have anyone on the sidelines to fill that gap upfront.

Koeman’s first headache though will be converting last season’s 14 draws - a tally equalled only by Chelsea and West Ham - into the vital wins they really need.

Dropping almost 30 points like that killed any chance of challenging the big dogs.

 

Formation

Martinez used a 4-2-3-1 and while that was fine when they were winning, it looked terrible when they didn’t.

 

Star Player

Romelu Lukaku is simply brilliant and bigger clubs will looking to tempt the young striker into grabbing a bumper payday.

With 25 goals last season and dominating up-front for Belgium – scoring twice at Euro 2016 – he’s already one of the most exciting strikers in the Premier League at just 23.

Lukaku has played the majority of his career as Everton’s lone striker and seems to have an intuitive knack of seeing opportunities when they come... and seizing them to deadly effect.

Combine that with his speed and agility while on the ball and it’s no wonder he’s tipped to soon be among the world’s best.

 

Ronald Koeman

Manager

The responsibility now lies with Ronald Koeman to build Everton into a team that can perform consistently and bring out the best in the players available.

The Dutch legend’s credentials look good after the past two years he spent at Southampton, taking the Saints to sixth spot last season and seventh the year before.

Now working alongside brother Erwin at Everton, there is a genuine expectation things will immediately improve at Goodison Park.