Carlo Ancelotti has been outlining in further detail his ideas for an evolution in how Everton play as he seeks to improve the club’s fortunes next season.
The Italian has had six months to look carefully at the Everton squad he inherited from Marco Silva back in December.
Despite an initial improvement in form, it’s obvious that there has been plenty for him to ponder as he looked on at some truly shocking performances and results, especially over the past few weeks as the Blues season nosedived.
I’ve said I think that this team needs major surgery and the midfield in particular has to be the priority for the manager and Director of Football Marcel Brands.
Frankly of the current midfield personel from which he has been picking his sides, I would only really consider Andre Gomes worth keeping and that is the Goems we saw last time out at Sheffield United and not the shadow of a player that we saw all too often recently.
Ancelotti certainly has his work cut out to reinvigorate Everton’s fortunes, perhaps he had hoped it wouldn’t need so much work to turn things around.
He has been talking of wanting to see the Blues become a more attacking force next season, That’s good to hear as Everton need to become a better, more dynamic offensive team.
To do that requires finding players with pace, energy and real creative ability, particularly in midfield. The Toffees have the players up front, especially Richarlison, who given enough chances I think can score enough goals.
Although I think that will have to be a collective effort, which is why finding midfielders who can chip in regularly will be so important.
I’m a little concerned though that he seems to see it as an evolution, which seems a bit too timid and cautious an approach to what looks quite a big problem.
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And I actually think that there is quite a radical approach needed to solve the problems Blues fans have seen on the pitch recently.
Many of the Toffees performances have been relegation form and the way so many players seem to disappear from matches whenever anything significant is on the line, is very worrying.
So let’s hope that Ancelotti recognises just how fundamental a shift needs to take place in the attitudes and expectations of his players. He has intimated that of course recently.
Not only does he need better quality individual footballers, he also has to find leaders and change the culture of failure that seems endemic within the team. That appears to be a lot more than just a little evolution..?
Well we will see of course during the summer, who Ancelotti seeks to bring in and how he goes about transforming the fortunes and expectations of our great club.