Last season, Everton performed exceptionally well under the tutelage of David Moyes, just missing out on European football by a place to Tottenham.
Also, finishing above Merseyside rivals, Liverpool, was no mean feat. Moyes has left Everton to join Manchester United, where he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm of things.
Roberto Martinez has been brought in from Wigan, to replace Moyes. The style of play obviously differs, with Martinez preferring the passing game. So what does the season ahead hold for the Toffees?
First of all, let us have a look at their transfer market business.
Arrivals - The Toffes have made quite a few signings in the form of -
Arouna Kone - Wigan Athletic (ENG) - Around 7 million euros
Joel Robles - Athletico Madrid (SPN)- Around 4 million euros
Gerard Deulofeu - Barcelona (SPN)- Season long loan
Antolin Alcaraz - Wigan Athletic (ENG) - Free transfer
Departures - Thankfully, for the Everton faithful, there have not been many departures, apart from that of:
Jan Mucha - Krylya Sovetov Samara (RUS) - Free transfer
Conor Mcaleny - FC Brentford (ENG) - Season long loan
Thomas Hitzlsperger - Released
They have done well to hold on to some of their strongest assets until now in the transfer window, but it is inevitable that bids for these players will come in.
Nikica Jelavic, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines have all been linked with moves away from the club.
Former Toffees manager David Moyes wants to bring in Baines and Fellaini in a combined deal that would cost the Red Devils around 35 million pounds, but could go higher as Fellaini's 23 million release clause (which stated that if a Champions League club came in a with a bid in excess of 23 million pounds, he could leave) expired on August 1st.
Nikica Jelavic has been linked with a move to Hamburg, who are still reluctant to meet Everton's asking price for the Croat, who scored just seven goals for Everton, last season.
Everton have been linked with moves for many players such as defender Toby Alderweireld of Ajax - who has just a year left on his contract - and midfielder Lucas Marrone of Juventus, who wants to leave the Turin club in search of more playing time.
The club has also been linked with James McCarthy of Wigan and Joey Barton, who has just returned to England after a season in France, with Marseille and Guilherme Siqueira of Granada, whom they see as a replacement for Leighton Baines, if he leaves.
Given that some of these players are signed, Everton are sure to have a good season, finishing in the top half for sure. The club will want to secure a Europa league spot, at the very least.
But how do they confirm their participation in Europe's second most prestigious club competition? Finish 5th in the table? Win either the FA Cup or the League Cup?
Everton have always done well in domestic cup competitions, but they are bound to run into a strong club or a lower league club that can spoil their party. Therefore, UEFA must open up another spot for an English club which finishes 6th in the league table.
In the league, they would love to finish above their Merseyside rivals for a third season running, but that seems improbable as Liverpool have strengthened their squad, with quite a few impressive signings.
Everton will definitely miss Phil Neville's presence, both on the pitch and off it for sure, as he had been pivotal in ensuring that the team was always together.
With the possible departures of certain key players, the Everton management will be expecting the existing players and the new arrivals to step up and deliver and ensure that the team finish in the top-half again, preferably in the top 6.
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