By Everton’s high standards, last season was a little poor, with them finishing in the bottom half of the table, 11th. This understandably could have been due to their participation in the Europa League, or the targets they set from their performances the previous season were just too high.
This season they are without the burden of the Europa league and Martinez will definitely be demanding more from his players. The likes of Lukaku were criticised at times as he failed to score as many as he should have. The Belgian tank managed 10 goals last season, over the course of 32 games, which for £28m saw the Toffees fans rightly demanding more. However this season Lukaku and his teammates have the opportunity to find the devastating form they had in the 2013/14 season which saw them finish 5th.
STAR MAN – Seamus Coleman (6.0m)
Everton’s main attacking threat in recent years has come from the dynamic duo of Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman. Any experienced FPL campaigner will remember the 2013/14 season when Everton’s full backs were at there most effective, however last season, for many different reasons they were less effective (they still racked up 269 points). Coleman in particular under performed last year and I believe this was due to a lack of a quality winger in front of him, however this may change this season (see hidden gem). Everton look to have finally put their shoddy defensive record behind them, with Baines still recovering from ankle surgery, Coleman should be your choice if you decide to invest in an Everton full back.
HIDDEN GEM – Gerard Deulofeu (6.5m)
Deulofeu has recently resigned from Barcelona for 4 million pounds. The young Spaniard had a very successful loan spell with Everton during the 2013/14 season and after finding himself out of favour in Spain he has permanently joined Everton. Priced at 6.5m, as a midfielder, the pacy winger could prove to be a very useful differential. Finally, his partnership with Coleman could be effective again which should make you think seriously about selecting one of Everton’s right sided players.