The 2013/2014 season started for Everton with the departure of David Moyes and the appointment of Roberto Martinez from Wigan Athletic. As soon as Martinez stepped into the job, he had an instant impact driving the Toffees to a fifth place finish and qualifying for the Europa League.
Everton’s rapid start to the season saw them lose only one of their opening 17 games, which was at Manchester City. This year they will be aiming for a top four finish, and with the recent arrival of Romelu Lukaku on a permanent deal, this should help their cause.
STAR MAN – Ross BARKLEY
Ross Barkley is now 20 and is a graduate of the club’s youth system, having been with the club for 9 years now. Barkley had several loan spells but managed to cement a place in new boss Roberto Martinez’s team. Last season Barkley also managed to get his first senior call up to the England squad mainly due to his impressive form throughout the campaign.
He managed to be awarded with Everton’s Young Player of the Season award and the Goal of the Season prize for his goal against Newcastle. At just £7.0m, Barkley is priced reasonably. With six goals and four assists last campaign, he would be a good choice for this season.
HIDDEN GEM – John STONES
John Stones took his place in Martinez’s defence when both Jagielka and Distin were unable to play due to injury and he certainly didn’t disappoint. The youngster showed bags of maturity and managed to help keep six clean sheets. This season could be Stones’s breakthrough season and if he manages to get in the starting XI he will be a great choice for Fantasy Football managers.