With eight days until the beginning of the Premier League season, we here at We Are Hooligans — in association with some from around FanSided’s soccer network — are proud to present the next edition chronicling the 7th ranked club in this season’s Premier League preview series.
***As part of this new series, we will be releasing a new preview everyday leading up to the Premier League season with the proposed Champion revealed the day before the beginning of the Campaign***
#7. Everton | #16. Leicester City | Liverpool | Man City | Man United
While our previous club Southampton was a surprise club in the Premier League last season, another surprising team was Everton FC. However, the Toffees were not surprising for the right reasons.
In fact, after finishing fifth the year before, Everton FC struggled to maintain their form under an improving Premier League and Europa League match schedule. Roberto Martinez’ decision to pursue European victory also hurt the club’s chances last season.
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Without much improvement done this summer, the club are unlikely to improve quality wise. However, without the added burden of playing in the Europa League Everton FC should manage to maintain higher amounts of depth and energy in their domestic matches.
Thanks to the dissapointment that was last season’s eleventh place finish, manager Roberto Martinez finds himself in a daunting situation. Should the club fail to regain their spot in the Premier League’s top seven this season, the Spanish manager could find himself leaving Goodison Park.
Though the club struggled to an 11th place finish last season, Everton will not have to worry about any European matches. A returning Tim Howard who should be fully healthy come the start of the season will also add to the club’s chances this season.
However, without many additions this summer, Everton FC could be setting themselves up for failure once again. After all, if injuries and fitness levels haunted the club last season, an injury bug this year could all but derail the club’s Premier League chances.