The next club in our series takes an in-depth look at Everton F.C., based out of Liverpool, England.

The Toffees are one of the mainstays of the Premier League, having played in the top flight a record 116 seasons, last missing top-flight status in 1953/54. A club with plenty of character and a long- storied history, there is always a great atmosphere surrounding Everton.

Founded in 1878, Everton was originally known as St. Domingo’s F.C. They were the league champions when league play was suspended for both World War 1 and World War 2. They have had a history of charity, often helping those with disabilities. Many of the people they help get to go to home matchdays at Goodison Park.

Last season Everton finished 8th. It was Marco Silva’s first season in charge of the club. He likes to play in an attacking manner, something that was a welcome change of pace from the previous manager Big Sam. He is championed as the man who will bring a new direction to the club following their takeover by Farhad Moshiri in 2016.

How will Silva do in his second year as manager? Credit: Getty Images

The players that came in last season showed tons of promise, especially Brazilian Richarlison. He scored 13 league goals, which was an improvement from his five at Watford the previous season. Andre Silva came in on loan from Barcelona, a move that has since been made permanent, and excelled in the midfield for the club. Bernard came in for a free from Shakhtar Donetsk and played well from the left-wing. Despite this, Everton was shaky at times, losing 14 games and conceding 46 goals on their way to 8th place.

This season is going to require more consistency from the club. They just signed Fabian Delph from Manchester City for 8.5 Million Pound, which will give them a versatile option in the midfield and left-back. Most of the players they do have are young and getting more game experience, such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, and Ademola Lookman.

The biggest needs they have are a striker and a center back. Since Romelu Lukaku left for Man United, that has been a void, filled by Wayne Rooney and other struggling forwards, such as Sandro and Cenk Tosun. The club has been linked with Juventus youngster Moise Kean but I think a better option would be signing Kevin Volland from Bayer Leverkusen. He might cost upwards of 30 Million Euros, but he will provide a versatile forward who can score goals.

Richardson is a guy you should keep your eye on. Credit: Getty Images

Another Striking option could be to just play Richarlison up top and sign a right-winger. That right-winger could be either Ademola Lookman, who is already at the club, or perhaps Suso from Milan, who has a 38 Million Euro release clause. Suso is a tricky winger with plenty of technical ability, which would help Everton in their quick attacking play.

For defense, a center back is crucial. Phil Jagielka has left the club on a free and Yerry Mina has been injured and underperforming. Someone who could partner with Michael Keene could be Kurt Zouma, who spent the last season on loan at the club. Chelsea might not sell him because of their transfer ban, but if Everton can convince them, it would be a massive relief to the Toffees.

Another center back option, which is kind of unrealistic, could be Jerome Boateng. He is surplus to requirements at Bayern and the club will probably sell him for a modest fee, given today’s inflated market. The wages would be the main issue, as well as Boateng’s recurring injuries.

Will we see Zouma in an Everton jersey for the long run? Credit: Darren Walsh

So this upcoming season will be a new test for Everton. The manager and the club have high aspirations, having made some serious signings. The main issue is the stability and consistency going forward. The club needs to be solid at the back as well as clinical in attack. I think they are one or two signings away from competing with Leicester and Wolves as the hungry teams who want to oust some of the rebuilding top six clubs. I think this season will be another year towards their ultimate goal, complete with another 8th place finish as they build towards European contenders.

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