After reading the title of this blog post, some of you may think that I have gone completely mad since Everton’s last major trophy was when they won the FA Cup in 1995, a staggering 22 years ago. However I am practically certain that The Toffees will in fact win the Premier League at some point in the next five years. I have been thinking this over for numerous weeks now ever since the heavy defeat of one of the best teams in the division, Manchester City. My opinions’ were re-enforced once again this past weekend during the comfortable 6-3 demolition of Bournemouth, albeit a very poor performance by Eddie Howe’s men.
For me there are three key points that will lead to Everton winning their first Premier League title – here they are:
In a time where young English talent playing regular first-team football is worryingly rare, it is exceedingly re-assuring to see multiple young English talents featuring in the Everton side. Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and Ademola Lookman have had huge impacts on the side and have certainly not just been there to make up the numbers. Today it was announced that Davies had won the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month for January beating off competition that included Spurs sensation Dele Alli. In five years time, Davies, Holgate and Lookman will be 23, 25 and 24, respectively, meaning they will all be closer to their prime years and giving them all vital game time now could be a pivotal factor to their development and to Everton potentially winning the top flight division. The future certainly looks bright for the blue half of Merseyside and it is not only these three players coming through into the first-team, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Kieran Dowell also featuring at some point this current season.
In Ronald Koeman, Everton have one of the best managers in the Premier League and as much as Everton fans will not want to hear this, I am certain that Ron will one day go on and manage one of the top teams in world football. When Koeman left Southampton he was accused of greed and his loyalty was also questioned but looking at the bigger picture you can’t blame him for leaving St Mary’s with Everton being a bigger club, which is meant with no disrespect to the Saints. Not only this, there was also recent investment at Goodison with promises that there would be significant funds available to spend. Ever since Ron has taken over, one thing for sure is that The Toffees have gone from boring to watch under Roberto Martinez to becoming a much more fun team with the fast-paced counter-attacking football that they now play.
Money Left To Spend
For me, the £24m acquisition of Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United in the January transfer window, sent a strong message to the rest of the Premier League that due to the heavy investment by Farhad Moshiri, Everton can now buy top quality players whilst also being able to refuse to sell their best players to other top teams.
If the investment continues and the right acquisitions for the club can be mixed well with the young players being integrated in with the first team, then I see no reason why we will not see the name of Everton Football Club on the Premier League trophy within the next five years.