Summer transfer budget, Gylfi Sigurdsson future and your Everton questions answered #PremierLeague

Summer transfer budget, Gylfi Sigurdsson future and your Everton questions answered




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Do you think Ancelotti’s been promised big funds this summer to implement his own team for him to seem confident and ambitious?

Suppose it depends on what your definition of ‘big funds’ is?

I am certain he has been given assurances as to the level of spending that is likely to be available in the summer but the latest set of financial accounts, and the continued awareness of Premier League profit and sustainability rules (plus FFP if Everton were to get back into Europe) means spending can only reach certain levels. 

Once again, a big part of Everton’s summer plans will involve trying to move players on and reinvesting that money back into Ancelotti’s squad.

Any idea what areas we will be looking to strengthen come the end of the season? Who would you like to see Everton target?

Brands made it clear, at the General Meeting last month, that the squad is light in the right-wing department

So one right-sided player will be on the list, we fully expect. The director of football also talked about having missed out on a fourth centre-back last summer – Zouma – and so the feeling is Everton will go in search of a defender in the window.

Ancelotti will have his own ideas about the areas he wants to strengthen and given the bulk of talks in January centred around the possibility of signing a midfielder, then I would say a new man for the engine room will also be on the list.

But that, of course, means players will have to be moved out as Everton are well stocked in central midfield.

Which players out on loan are in Ancelotti’s plans for the future?

Lewis Gibson has an 18 month plan mapped out for him after signing a new deal last month, so he is part of the club’s long-term thinking.

As for the immediate future, Jonjoe Kenny is the player most in the frame. But, of course, it’s not yet clear what Everton’s decision on Kenny will be. Brands has spoken about being “sure” he will be back with the first-team this summer but Ancelotti will want to run the rule over him.

And then complicating that is what will happen to Djibril Sidibe, on loan from Monaco.

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Which first team players are fighting for their futures and could be moved on at the end of the season?

Sadly, players ‘fighting for their futures’ feels like an annual occurrence at Goodison.

Given that Everton want to work with a squad of 23 players (which includes three goalkeepers) then any squad revamp will require the need for some players to be moved on. 

Don’t think it would be any great surprise to see Morgan Schneiderlin leave (he played well against Palace, didn’t he?) and, maybe, there has to be a conversation over Gylfi Sigurdsson.

An attack-minded midfield, at home as a No10, does he have a future as a central midfielder in the 4-4-2 world of Ancelotti? 

He’s played in six of the eight league games the Italian has managed so far but you do feel that is more out of necessity than anything else.

Let’s see, but I think the decision the club makes on the future of Sigurdsson is going to be one of the most interesting this summer.

Will Everton qualify for Europe and are they ready for it if they do?

Too right! But, seriously, the Blues have given themselves a real shot at qualifying for the Europa League with 12 games to go. 

In such a congested league table, consistency is key because while everyone has been taking points off each other, if Everton can keep a steady line of form then I’m confident we’ll see them qualify. 

Look at Sheffield United, they’re fifth, and have just kept plugging away all term, routinely picking up points, not experiencing massive fluctuations in form etc.

Should Everton book a place in Europe, it will be a remarkable turnaround given the side was in the bottom three in December. 

Are they ready for it? No manager knows how to handle European competition better than Ancelotti. The squad will need improving in certain areas, but that will happen regardless.

Do you think it is that Ancelotti will indeed see out his contract or more given that his previous job have all been no longer than three years?

Good question. We all hope so. He has even talked, this week, about staying beyond the end of his current deal.

Stability remains the key for Everton, right now, there has been far too much change over the past three or four years and having a manager of Ancelotti’s calibre and experience, in place for the length of his deal and, maybe, beyond would be a positive thing.

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Coleman, Sidibe or Kenny. Who’s at the club next season?

Answers on a postcard to Mr M Brands of Finch Farm!

We debated this very issue in the Royal Blue podcast yesterday. It’s incredibly difficult to confidently predict what will happen.

It feels, and it’s only a hunch, that Coleman will remain. Sure, he’s not guaranteed as first-choice anymore, but he remains dependable and there is everything else he brings to the club as captain, that you can see the Blues valuing. Much in the way, Baines was kept on. 

And so if it were a toss up between buying Sidibe or bringing Kenny back into the fold…..it’s such a tough call.

Should Moise Kean be given more game-time?

Between now and the end of the season, he will be. Ancelotti is aware of the need to give Kean more and more opportunities on the pitch, to build on what has been his best period at the club.

But with Richarlison and DCL in such good form, it is not easy right now to fit him in. 

Although, when Ancelotti started all three at St James’ Park in December, you could see their potential when all on the pitch at the same time. 

What did you think of the Jordan Pickford comments after Crystal Palace? Is he right? Is his form a concern?

I don’t think Pickford’s form is a concern, at all. He has done, and will continue to, win this club more points than he costs us. He remains young for a goalkeeper and will get better with age.

As for his comments…he wanted to get something off his chest and players being as honest as he was – and so often is – is refreshing.

I admired him for that.  Perhaps, with age and him maturing, he will let such issues impact him less. 

That is the key for Pickford, maturing, and maintaining his levels of concentration throughout the 90 minutes as the best goalkeepers do.

He has all the ability to become an elite goalkeeper and we should be pleased he’s at Goodison and not somewhere else.

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How long is Walcott out for and who should start in his place?

We don’t know about his absence. We did ask the club but didn’t get an answer.

If he were not fit to face Arsenal, then maybe we could see that Richarlison-DCL-Kean combination with, say, Bernard switching the right flank.

More likely, would be Sidibe being pushed up into right-wing and Coleman staying at right-back.

Can Everton expect to receive much from selling their deadwood?

Hopefully! But it will be tough. And, as we saw last summer, those players who are sellable assets are generally a team’s best players (Gueye) or those younger ones with potential (Vlasic). 

Players surplus to requirements are a) harder to shift permanently and b) don’t command major fees. 

Everton would like £20m for Tosun but they could struggle to get that much for him, for example.

When can we expect to see Gbamin and Gomes back on the pitch?

The hope remains that Gomes will be part of the squad for the Arsenal game on the 23rd.

Gbamin’s recovery was set back eight weeks after he needed more surgery but Ancelotti is talking confidently about seeing him on the field before the end of the season. 

Fingers crossed.



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