As ever, the coffers at Goodison Park were as empty as Michael Barrymore’s diary so the focus has been on keeping hold of the talents the Toffees have rather than recruitment.
Something to be positive about
‘Oh yes! How nice to see you Mr Rangers Newco’ David Moyes may or may not have gleefully said at some point in the recent past. Few clubs outside of the green part of Celtic will benefit from Rangers’ demise, but the Everton boss has done pretty well out of it. A cut-price £5 million for Nikita Jelavic is already looking like very good business for the Toffees and the signing of Steven Naismith for nada could work out very well. The sale of Jack Rodwell to Manchester City will now allow for some late summer shopping. If Moyes can hang on to the nucleus of the team that performed so well last season, the additions will improve the depth of the squad. Specifically, Olympiakos striker Kevin Mirallas claims he is ready to snub Arsenal to join Everton.
Something to be a bit worried about
The club’s financial troubles are far from resolved and there’s always the danger club owner Bill Kenwright will have to flog some of the family silver to stay afloat. Until a mega-rich sheikh with a fondness for Merseyside football clubs rolls into town, the danger of losing a key player with very little notice is on-going. Jack Rodwell is gone and clubs have also been looking at John Heitinga and the wonderful afro of Marouane Fellaini. It wouldn’t take much for the delicate eco-system David Moyes has built to come crashing down.
An optimistic season bet
Nikita Jelavic finished the season with nine goals in nine games for the Toffees. There are plenty of SPL goalscorers who didn’t adapt to the Premier League, but the early evidence is that he is different. If he can maintain his form of the last few months of last season, a cheeky punt in him to be top Premier League Goalscorer at 25/1 isn’t the worst of ideas.
A more realistic season bet
Steven Naismith (Rangers, free)
Stephen Pienaar (£3.5m, Tottenham)
Packing their bags
Tim Cahill (NY Red Bulls, undisclosed)
Adam Forshaw (Brentford, undisclosed)
James McFadden (released)
Marcus Hahnemann (released)
James Wallace (Tranmere, undisclosed)