Everton’s European dream slipping away
Everton are a club with new ambitions, one of which comes in the form of establishing themselves as regular qualifiers for European competition.
Last summer’s window saw the Toffees add significant quality, in addition to world-class coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was appointed back in December of 2019.
James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Ben Godfrey and Allan all came in, to help the club in their push for the top 6.
However, one win in their last 5 has led to a stumble, and their chances of Europe slipping away.
Aston Villa’s 2-1 victory at Goodison Park on Saturday proved a huge dent in the team’s mission.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin joining a number of other high-profile stars on the sidelines has also cost the Blues.
Richarlison has stepped up in some games, but not consistently enough.
Depth is what is clearly missing from the Everton squad, which is likely to be addressed in the summer by Ancelotti.
Aguero on the agenda
One player who would come as a rather extravagant addition for the Toffees is Sergio Aguero.
The Manchester City striker is leaving the club at the end of the season, with his contract expiring.
A number of clubs – including Inter Milan, Barcelona, Chelsea and Spurs – have all supposedly registered interest in the player.
Everton would have been expected to struggle in offering a wage packet to the liking of the 32-year-old.
However, James Rodriguez’s arrival last summer showcased the weight of having Ancelotti at the helm.
Reports suggest that the Merseysiders will look to offset the high wages required by offering a significant sign-on fee.
The one-off payment would allow Everton to maintain their wage structure, and invest more heavily elsewhere.
Aguero has, however, suffered with many injury problems this season, and questions may be asked regarding whether the Argentine can contribute to the kind of level associated with the financial figures being thrown around.
For Everton, a signing of the calibre of Aguero, though, could help them solidify their place as competitors for the top 6 next season.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.