2023-24 could be another season in and around the relegation dogfight for historic outfit Everton as the Toffees have failed to make strides in bettering themselves after a near-disastrous 2022-23 campaign.
Though Sean Dyche did enough to revitalize the side in order to help them stave off relegation to the Championship, the Merseyside outfit is sitting in a deficit at the time of writing in terms of the comings and goings at Goodison Park, with questions surrounding further frustration if they continue to be picked at before the closing of the transfer window.
After watching Leicester City, Leeds United, and Southampton all drop down to the second tier in England on the back of all three promoted sides surviving, the onus is on the former Burnley fan-favorite manager to dig deep and extract the absolute maximum from a side largely expected to struggle.
With the only signings coming by way of Arnaut Danjuma (loan) and Ashley Young (free) despite losing Moise Keane, Ellis Simms, Niels Nkounkou, Asmir Begovic, Yerry Mina, Tom Davies, and Andros Townsend, the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin are going to have to be at their very best if Everton are to survive.
Sean Dyche is already without a number of key assets this weekend as Fulham comes to town, with Everton without the services of Dele Alli, Dwight McNeil, and Seamus Coleman due to lack of fitness/injury.
Chief frontman Dominic Calvert-Lewin, as well as former on-loan Spurs winger Arnaut Danjuma are facing a race against time to prove their fitness, with Danjuma the more likely of the two to pass fit come Saturday afternoon.
Further questions come in the vein of key attacking outlet Demarai Gray on account of persistent links with a possible move to Saturday opponents Fulham, and as such, has been training away from the first team until his future is sorted one way or the other.