Almost a month ago now, Marco Silva was finally let go by the hierarchy at Everton in return for former legend Duncan Ferguson. Despite Ferguson’s simple style getting them a classy 3-1 win over Chelsea, they had multiple doors open. David Moyes was in the circle in a bid for a return to the club he made his name at, former Benfica head coach Rui Vitoria was also in consideration, although I’m still unsure why. Niko Kovac and Pochettino were still unemployed but seemed like a stretch. At the time, Moise Kean had a few career disruptions due to not settling into English lifestyle and a clash with Duncan Ferguson after he famously “substituted a substitute”. So when Carlo Ancelotti was let go by Napoli for almost no apparent reason, it seemed ideal for Everton.
A month later, and the Toffees are back within 5 points of European qualification. With a big name signing expected in the next week, Everton are back within the realm of being competitive. Moise Kean is being taught by an Italian with a high pedigree, especially in England. After all, Ancelotti has enjoyed 15 league titles and 6 European trophies. A win percentage of 74% at Real Madrid also adds to his forever growing list of accolades.
But it’s not just about him being there for his tactics. With such a highly successful manager comes with other teams, players and managers looking at your club very differently. Whilst Everton’s biggest signing looked to be either Moise Kean or Andre Gomes under Silva, Ancelotti is now deep in pursuit of the likes of unsettled Brazillian Allan, out of favour Frenchman Adrien Rabiot, and former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, all potential targets to serve as the game controlling midfielder Everton haven’t really got at the moment, due to Jean-Phillip Gbamin’s injury and Andre Gomes simply not living up to expectations. They’re also in the market for a central defender, largely due to the fact that they have, statistically, one of the worst central defence combinations in the league. Despite the pedigree Michael Keane possesses, Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina simply don’t seem up to scratch.
But all is not well behind club doors.
On Sunday, the club announced a reported record loss of 118m GBP. Despite that sounding like a lot for a mid-table club, West Ham reported a 216m loss, and they’re 3 points away from relegation. Its evident football has turned into a game of money, and Ancelotti is keen to stress that Everton is not in the market to make any big moves until July due to the rapidly decreasing funds. Ancelotti is confident his squad will keep a respectable league position this season, ready to spend next season.
Speaking of next season, that carries onto my final benefit of Ancelotti’s appointment. I mentioned earlier that he has won 6 European titles. With the Italian at the helm, he knows European football and how to get there. While people may argue that Everton is too small a club to get so high in league position, you have to put into perspective that they have the opportunity to shoot for it this season, being just 2 games outside of the top 5. In between them and Europe is a pathetic Arsenal team, 3 clubs all smaller than Everton in Palace, Sheffield United and Wolves. It still excites me that England has 3 overachievers this season, it’s always good to see. The real challenge lies in UCL finalists Tottenham Hotspur and Marcus Rashford inspired Man United. I truly believe that 7th place is an accurate final position for Everton this season, but if they can lock in the likes of Rabiot and Allan next season, the sky is the limit. With new stadium expansions planned (to my disappointment), Everton is pushing to become a European team.
Where does the future lie for Everton under Carlo Ancelotti? The next 8 months will be the telling tale for me. Will there be a new Goodison? Who comes in next July? Will Moise Kean settle under Carlo?
The future is very exciting for the Toffees. It’s down to them to make it happen.