It took some consideration to decide who I was going to begin my save with. There were a few good candidates for me to choose from in the likes of; AC Milan, West Ham United, RB Leipzig etc. AC Milan and West Ham United have both spent well this summer which is one of the reasons I looked at them. Whereas RB Leipzig have a young promising team with a decent ownership to push the club forward and the bonus in playing in the Champions League for the new season. In the end there was only one winner.
Everton is the team I have decided to start my journey with. With some good summer signings and an ambitious club I felt that this was the right choice for me. It’s a season all Everton fans are looking forward to. There is a real buzz going around Goodison Park at the moment as they wait for the new season to begin. Evertonians will be hoping that they can get out of Liverpool’s shadow. One of the objectives I need to do is win a trophy pretty early in my Everton career as they haven’t won a trophy since 1995. I am predicted to finish 7th which is realistically where we should finish as the competition in the top 6 is very strong. I would say that I would have more of a chance at Champions League football through the Europa League like Manchester United found.
Looking at the fixture list I would say that we have a kind start to the season if you take out Manchester United away where we will be greeted by ex Evertonian, Romelu Lukaku. I would ideally like 12 points out of 15 for the first five games but you never know in football. We have the two Europa League games early on which will hopefully help in our preparations. I am looking to take the Europa League seriously this year so I would need a good depth squad to compete in both the Premier League and Europa League. I have a budget of £25 million to spend which is decent considering how much they have already spent.
One the first choices I made when I joined Everton was to look at the youth teams where I saw Tom Davies sitting there uncomfortably as someone has chose to place him in the under 23’s. I moved him up to the first team to help with our squad depth as I’m hearing from my staff that ‘ there is not a great deal of quality depth outside of the first team’. I decided to go to the physio to see how he’s doing and he informs me that we have three injuries which isn’t the news I wanted to hear. He goes onto say that Coleman is out for about 8 weeks and 3 months, James McCarthy has a groin strain which will make him unavailable for 2 to 4 months and last but not least, Besic who has a damaged cruciate ligament which will make him out for 9 to 11 months. This isn’t the happiest of starts I was expecting as I walked through the doors but it’s what happens in football and I will have to deal with it like a man.
Ross Barkley’s future is still unclear at Everton. I do see that Manchester City have major interest in the player which doesn’t surprise me as they are interested in anyone that walks. Ross is valued at £22 million so if they do offer for him then they should offer more than the original price. I would sell him but only at the right price, anyway I don’t know where I would play him. Behind the striker is what he is used to but I now have Mr Wayne Rooney at the club and he can also play in Barkley’s position. Rooney can also play up top but we have the new signing in the Spaniard Sandro Ramirez. My starting line up is still unclear, thankfully we have about a month and a half until the Premier League kicks off so it gives me time.