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So, all things assessed, what is the realistic grand plan for this coming season?
Playing-wise, fans would appreciate a year of consistency on the pitch—as opposed to hovering around the lower rungs of the table before sprinting for the line, having left far too much ground to make up.
Recent eighth and seventh place finishes haven't been good enough to qualify for Europe, and that must be a primary objective this season—to ensure the club is at least competing in the Europa League again.
It is another avenue to a trophy, the extra games fetch more revenue, and there may also be opportunities to blood more youngsters—something that will only hasten their development and improve their prospects.
Silverware is long overdue at Everton, a fact David Moyes is desperate to rectify. Of course, it is the mission each club sets out to obtain, but fans will demand another strong push for a domestic cup.
Finally, after a hat-trick of losses at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool last season, some are questioning whether Moyes' squad have the mental capacity to defeat their neighbours.
At least one win must be recorded to pacify some of the angst that arose from that trio of losses. Wherever they finish, poor results against Liverpool will not be tolerated.
Where do you think Everton will end up this season? What talking points do you see arising as the season progresses?
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