A Third Season of Flying Too Close to the Sun Not an Option for Everton

14/06/2023 5comments  |  Jump to last

A detailed statistical analysis of Everton's shockingly poor season in the Premier League is presented at the Opta Analyst website.

The conclusion is that, after scraping survival yet again, Everton have serious issues to address off the pitch, but also on it, if they are to avoid a third straight relegation battle.

» Read the full article at Opta Analyst

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James Flynn
1 Posted 14/06/2023 at 15:13:56
Nothing really to argue against there.

Pickford excepted, we need end-to-end improvement.


Duncan Lennard
2 Posted 14/06/2023 at 15:16:36
Sailing too close to the wind, surely. We haven’t seen any sunshine for quite a while…
Dennis Stevens
3 Posted 14/06/2023 at 16:26:01
It feels to me more like: teetering too close to the edge of the precipice
Roger Helm
4 Posted 14/06/2023 at 16:59:58
Not an option? Seems to me more likely than not, unless there are big changes in the few weeks left before we start again.
Ernie Baywood
5 Posted 15/06/2023 at 14:51:53
Interesting enough read. I'm not sure it gives us much that we didn't know.

Somehow we have to improve the squad. I'll add that improving the squad is actually a second priority - we don't yet have a first team of fit players in their best positions. Unless someone else can show me how we would currently line up in a 4-4-1-1... which is undoubtedly what Dyche will want to do.

The biggest stat I take from the last two seasons is that we survived by sacking and appointing managers in January. Both managed to make ride the wave and make some marginal improvement and keep us in the league (by 4 points and two places followed by 2 points and one place).

Lampard's improvement (bounce?) was followed by a poor first half of the next season. That's the bit we haven't seen from Dyche yet. If it was only a bounce with Dyche then we're in big trouble. It could absolutely happen again... and the margins are getting finer by the year.

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