By Luke Madden
Everton begin their 2015-16 Premier League campaign tomorrow against newly-promoted, and new looking side, Watford.
It comes on the back of two consecutive pre-season defeats for Everton, the defeat to Leeds United and the other in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial.
We could give the side the benefit of the doubt. After all, it is only pre-season. However, winning is always the way to bring confidence into a side and help them gain the mentality that what they’re doing is right, and while Everton have lacked sharpness in the final third, still they are in desperate need of a creative midfielder or winger to open up defenses with intelligence, the likes of which Steven Pienaar has shown in the past.
Other positions that need to be addressed are getting a new striker and another center back.. I feel like Tyias Browning has impressed, but we need someone with more first team experience. A striker is a must, Arouna Kone has provided little confidence into Everton fans, and that’s to be expected with plenty of lacklustre performances on matchdays.
Recruitment is one thing that has many Everton fans worried. However, Martinez did make some brilliant recruitment deals on transfer deadline day in the 2013-14 season in which all three of the signings were crucial in a side that finished fifth place in the Premier League, and he may prove to do that again.
What will lift Everton fans is the news that supposedly Tottenham bound James McCarthy signed a new five-year deal to stay with the club and released a statement which will please all Evertonians no end!
On top of that news, Kevin Mirallas is set to follow McCarthy’s footsteps in signing a new contract at Everton. This shows that Everton aren’t a club that are to be pushed around anymore, and that with potentially three signings in the right areas, and Everton could be a side lying around the top 6 once again. Contrasting with that though, the current squad with a new striker, center back and playmaker will potentially bring Everton into a top 8 finish, but I don’t see Everton jumping above any of the current top 6 without those positions addressed.