Having to prioritize between two competitions is an unfamiliar position for Everton. Granted, they have had a few good cup runs in recent years. But if it came down to fourth place or winning the FA Cup, lifting silverware would certainly have the greater positive influence on the club going forward.
The fact that Everton have even found themselves in this situation is testament the improvements made this season. The notorious trait of starting domestic campaigns slowly would usually see the Toffee’s around mid-table at this point, before an inevitable upturn in form results in a finishing position of around about seventh position.
This season is a bit different. A good start has left them within striking distance of a top four spot and the possibility of Champions League is very much real. In addition, Everton are in the last 16 of the FA Cup. Negotiate two home ties against Oldham and possibly Wigan and the club are off to Wembley. Easier said than done, of course.
Everton have a squad that is high in cohesion and team spirit, but lower on numbers compared to their immediate competitors. Therefore, if Everton continue to progress there will come a point in the next few months when David Moyes will have to make some sacrifices.
Moyes, in the main doesn’t really buy into the rotation policy for cup competitions. Everton have fielded a full strength side all the way through the FA Cup.
But going all out in the Premier League and the FA Cup could cost Everton in both of their pursuits. Prioritizing one over the over? Well, you just never know in football.
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