Everton’s potential starting XI next season


Everton have moved swiftly and efficiently to secure no less than five first-team signings with just under a month to go before their Premier League opener against Stoke City.

Everton’s five most expensive signings have all come within the last three years, with the recent signing of Jordan Pickford registering as the club-record transfer. They’ve also managed to recoup a huge amount of money through their two biggest sales in club history, first with John Stones’ transfer to Manchester City and most recently with Romelu Lukaku’s move to Manchester United

The Toffees came close to levelling the combined £80 million shopping spree by selling Belgian talisman Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for a reported £75 million, while the sales of Tom Cleverley to Watford and Gerard Deulofeu to Barcelona have put them in the green.

While Romelu Lukaku’s departure is the most notable and leaves huge boots to fill for Everton’s current squad, it opens the possibility that Everton could still yet make a few more signings as they attempt to break into the top-four for the first time since 2005.

Here, we give a brief overview of the confirmed new signings and try to fill them in to a potential Everton XI for the 2017/18 campaign.

Jordan Pickfordeverton

Amongst a dreary and dreadful Sunderland side devoid of all hope, Jordan Pickford was the obvious standout, and one deserving of staying in the Premier League.

His £25 million transfer puts him alongside Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg in Everton’s goalkeeping ranks, but the England under-21 international should have no problem holding down the #1 spot, especially after unconvincing seasons for both Robles and Stekelenburg.

Michael Keane

Burnley centre-half Michael Keane joins in another £25 million transfer, providing a youthful option amongst the experience of Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams.

Keane’s second crack at Premier League football with Burnley saw him continue the key role he established for himself while in the Championship, making 35 starts in the Premier League as Burnley kept their heads above water in 16th position.

Keane, now 24 years of age, should be given a real chance by Ronald Koeman to make himself a first-choice option for The Toffees.

Davy Klaasseneverton

Davy Klaassen joins Everton off the back of his best-ever goalscoring season and will be familiar to some Premier League viewers after watching Ajax’s losing effort against Manchester United in the Europa League Final.

Klaassen finished the Eredivisie season as Ajax’s second top-scorer with 14 goals in 33 appearances, and laid on a further nine assists in a highly productive season.

The 24-year-old adds a creative spark to Everton’s midfield and helps balance the weight of expectation on Ross Barkley (if he stays), and should play a key role in the new campaign.

Wayne Rooney

After 13 years spent becoming synonymous with Manchester United, Wayne Rooney has returned to the club where his footballing journey began.

Though well beyond his prime, Rooney adds a variety of qualities to Everton’s squad both on and off the pitch, and will be given an opportunity to rebuild a reputation which took a hit during a peripheral role in his final season at Manchester United.

Sandro Ramirezeverton

Signed from Malaga for a miniscule fee of £5 million, Sandro Ramirez could prove to be one of the shrewdest signings of the season.

The 22-year-old, previously of Barcelona, revelled in his first season as a La Liga regular with Malaga, scoring 14 times in 30 appearances to finish as the club’s top scorer.

Sandro is also a under-21 Spanish international, and made four appearances and scored one goal in Spain’s runners-up effort in the under-21 European Championships in Poland.

*This proposed line-up illustrates the strength in depth at Everton; the likes of Kevin Mirallas, Ramiro Funes Mori, Phil Jagielka, Mason Holgate, Ross Barkley, Gareth Barry and Tom Davies have all been excluded. This range of options will be necessary heading into the new campaign as Everton are preparing for Europa League football for the first time since 2014/15

Other signings

On top of the previously mentioned players, Everton have also completed deals for Dutch defender Nathangelo Markelo from FC Volendam, English winger Josh Bowler from QPR, German midfielder Anton Donkor from Wolfsburg (loan) and French striker Boris Mathis from FC Metz, with all four of them linking up with David Unsworth in the under-23 squad.

Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru signed from KAS Eupen for £7 million to complete Everton’s spending thus far, though the 19-year-old will spend the 2017/18 season on loan at Anderlecht.


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