Everton – Final Position 11th
Player of the season – Romelu Lukaku. Though he faded badly toward the end, Lukaku was stunning for a time around the middle of the season. Absolutely frighteningly good when he’s on form.
Signing of the season – Gerard Deulofeu. A supreme talent. Though he didn’t have enough chance to prove it.
Flop of the season – Oumar Niasse. A £13.5 million signing should make some sort of an impact at the very least. He didn’t. Toffees fans will be waking up in sweats remembering Ibrahima Bakayoko after seeing him.
Young Toffee to look out for – Mason Holgate. Holgate followed John Stones to Goodison Park from Barnsley. An intriguing talent in defence.
When picking over the bones of the season, it’s perhaps a bold statement to make that Everton were perhaps the biggest underachievers of the season. Yes, Chelsea had a miserable campaign, but theirs was riddled with so much drama that it wasn’t surprising in the end. What was Everton’s excuse? They didn’t have one, it’s that plain. Roberto Martinez presided over a limp and stale campaign with a squad absolutely brimming with talent. It was the most damning indictment of his reign, and what ultimately led to his very well-deserved sacking at the end of the season. Any squad with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu, John Stones and Seamus Coleman in it should be, at the very least, dining on the proverbial feast of top-6 football and trophies. They barely managed to lay a boot on anybody of real note, with wins against the likes of Norwich and Bournemouth, rather than Liverpool and Manchester United. When you boil it all down, their season was hideous. This is even more apparent when you consider their wretched home-form too – just 6 wins all season. Everton fans finally got fed-up of Martinez, and it seemed the songs and calls for his head got louder with every game, with even a run to the FA Cup and League Cup semi-finals not enough. A 4-0 hammering at the hands of their bitter rivals in the derby was perhaps the most damning and hurtful moment for them. They should have done so much better, that much is unanimously agreed by all. There is plenty to look forward to for the blue half of Stanley Parkthough. Their new shareholder Farhad Moshiri will inject much-needed funds into the club, something that Everton have been crying out for many years for to finally compete and push on to the next level, and they should attract a top-level manager before long.