Everton has a firm grip on the eighth spot of the table with just two to play. Finishing eighth is kind of like kissing your sister, or going to the prom without a date. Just not quite good enough. Although a move up to seventh spot is still mathematically possible, expecting their Merseyside rivals Liverpool not to get one more point in the final two games might be wishful thinking.
Still, after the start Everton had at the beginning of the campaign way back last August and September, eighth spot isn’t the worst thing in the world. Better than 18th, that’s for sure. Consider at the end of November Everton sat in 16th place.
So as the offseason approaches (short as it is), what does Everton need to do to get back into the top seven next season? What pieces of the puzzle need to be in place to guarantee success in 2010/2011?
Here’s a half dozen things the Toffees must do in the offseason: