After just surviving the drop last year, can Frank Lampard turn Everton around or are they doomed to be dragged into another relegation battle in 2022/23?
What happened last year?
Rafa Benitez left Everton after only six months in charge and seven wins to his name and was replaced by Frank Lampard in January. He started his tenure poorly, losing four of his first five games in charge in the league and that patchy form continued until April. Four out of five wins in the latter stages of the season saw the Toffies secure Premier League survival with wins against both Manchester United and Chelsea the turning points in their season.
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Signing from Burnley on a free transfer, James Tarkowski adds quality and experience to Everton’s defensive ranks. Tarkowski has been a key part of a Burnley back line known for their defensive toughness and leaves off the back of their first relegation after spending seven seasons in the Premier League. He joined Burnley the season they won the Championship and has gone on to make over 190 Premier League appearance and has been called up to England twice. He is a good addition who will bring experience at the back which they desperately need.
And who’s out?
The only silver lining in an otherwise terrible season was Richarlison’s 10 Premier League goals last campaign which has earned him a move to Tottenham in a deal worth over £50million. He has been Everton’s star player for several seasons, and he leaves a massive hole in their squad that will need to be filled. Not only does he provide goals, but he also developed a good pairing with Calvert-Lewin and played with an intensity that will be missed.
Delph to Everton seemed like a good deal when he signed in 2019, bringing experience and energy to their midfield. This wasn’t the case as he struggled with injuries throughout his spell on Merseyside and only managed to make 35 Premier League appearances over three seasons. That being said, he is an experienced player and would have been a leader in the dressing room.
Who is their star man?
Probably the best aerial threat in the league, Calvert-Lewin has been one of Everton’s star men for several years now. He had an excellent 20/21 season, scoring 16 Premier League goals and was rumoured to be in line for a big-money move to one of the big six. He stayed on the blue side of Merseyside last year but struggled to make the same impact after an injury-ridden season saw him only make 15 starts scoring five goals. He did start the season well, scoring three in three but unfortunately soon fractured his toe, ruling him out for three months. He struggled to get back to full fitness but finished the season strongly with three goal contributions in the last three games of the season. In the time he was ruled out he saw Tammy Abraham become Harry Kane’s England understudy and will be hoping a good first half of the 22/23 season to book himself a ticket on the plane to Qatar this winter.
What can we expect from them in 2022/23?
Losing Richarlison has been a massive blow and with no replacement and little recruitment at the time of writing this, it is difficult to imagine they will do too much better than last season.
With those around them in the table investing in squad depth and adding quality players, it’s doesn’t seem as though Everton will be able to keep up with the pack and may be drawn into yet another relegation battle, if not face the drop themselves. With Everton’s odds of relegation as short as 7/2, this is not beyond the realm of possibility.
Where do the odds project them to finish?
Everton are currently best price 1/3 (2/7 shortest) to finish in the bottom half and are predicted to finish 13th in the league according to the outright Premier League odds.
Any recommended bets?
With the high likelihood of a bottom half finish (2/7 Shortest) and the fact they were involved in a relegation fight last season and have not made many additions to the squad, the best value bet would be for Everton to be relegated (5/1 best price).