Everton 2019-20 season preview

Established: 1878
Stadium: Goodison Park
Location: Walton, Liverpool
Head Coach: Marco Silva
Nickname: The Toffees
Rival(s): Liverpool
Top-Division Titles: Nine (1890–91, 1914–15, 1927–28, 1931–32, 1938–39, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1984–85, 1986–87)

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Best possible XI:

Pickford
Coleman
Keane
Mina
Digne
Gbamin
Gomes
Sigurdsson
Iwobi
Bernard
Richarlison

Key arrivals: Andre Gomes (Barcelona), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield Town), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Mainz), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Djibril Sidibe (Loan, Monaco)

Key departures: Jonjoe Kenny (loan, Schalke), Phil Jagielka (Sheffield United), Ashley Williams (released), Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic), Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig), Idrissa Gana Gueye (PSG), Sandro (loan, Real Valladolid).

Ranking their offseason: The quality of their arrivals isn’t to be doubted, and Lossl could see himself as a starter if Jordan Pickford doesn’t get his act together, but there are a lot of good talents skipping town. Silva’s judgment may be questioned in the cases of Lookman and Vlasic in particular but adding Iwobi and Gbamin late in the window boosted their squad. 7/10.

Star player: Gylfi Sigurdsson — Richarlison is a stud and last year’s MVP was definitely Lucas Digne, but don’t sleep on the Icelandic star’s ability to change a game on so many levels.

Coaches’ Corner: Marco Silva — He’ll be tested this season more than any other, as Everton is expected to show its on the level with Wolves, West Ham, and any other contender for the Top Seven.

PST predicts: The Toffees face two promoted teams, Palace, Bournemouth, and both Watford and Wolves in their first six matches. Of all the Top Six sides, Everton only meets Man City and Spurs before December (when they then meet Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Arsenal in a 17-day span). Seventh is a realistic target, as is a Cup. Get to Europe in some way is the goal.

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