I have just entered pre-season of my 3rd year with Everton and I feel I have reached a make or break point. These are my seasonal results so far:
1st Season: Budget £2.4mil
League - 4th
FA Cup - 4th round
Capital One Cup - 4th round
2nd Season: Budget £7mil
League - 6th
Champions League - Final - lost 5-1 to Man Utd (Had a pretty easy run until a 4-3 agg win against Barca in the Semis.. I know.. I dont know how either!!)
FA Cup - 3rd Round
Capital One Cup - 6th round
Squad to date:
GK: Howard (looking to replace and back up Ospina just isnt good enough)
RB: Coleman (possible weak leak all though had a fantastic 2nd season)
CB: Jagielka (Cptn) (need a good english youngster for cover and future replacement)
CB: Mazuch/ Savic
RW: Miralles (need cover, possibly buying a better option and have him as rotation)
CM: Hiljemark/ Pienaar (needs replacing)
CM: Fellaini/ Goretzka
CM: Barkley/ Osman (contract due to run out and needs replacing)
ST: Jelavic/Hoarau (signed on a free, 1yr deal, will be releasing and need a replacement. I do have Mason Bennett coming back from a fantastic season with Boro on loan)
I have £30mil as a transfer budget this season thanks to our Amazing CL run but I dont want to spend all of this as we are still in alot of debt, we only have Europa league football this year and I want to keep the books under control.
Any ideas for signings? Any changes people recommend? What would you do to make sure you become a consistent top 4 and get back to CL?
Any suggestions would be great and thanks for reading!