Everton face final three games of season with the monkey off their back

After beating Brentford 1-0 last Saturday the Blues travel to Luton Town tomorrow night without any pressure on them as Premier League status is secured.
Everton v Luton Town - Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round
Everton v Luton Town - Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

As a result of this outcome Everton can now look forward to the final matches of the campaign with that relegation monkey off their backs.

It is a very good and a very new experience after the past three years (although it seems much much longer!) in which relegation has loomed over the team right until the last few moments of the season.

Now the Toffees can relax a little and approach these final games with a degree of freedom that will hopefully help the side play some better and more relaxed football.

Clearly, both Sean Dyche and his players want to finish the campaign strongly and maintain the excellent run of form they have been on since the six goal shambles at Chelsea.

And obviously, it would be good for Everton to finish as high up the table as possible, both for pride, particularly after the eight point deduction the club have endured, but also for the financial gain that will accrue from finishing higher up the League.

That will be even more important given the huge uncertainty over the club's finances generally, the future ownership and whether 777 Partners get the go-ahead or not.

Even if they do get to complete their takeover of the Blues from Farhad Moshiri, there are still important questions over their situation and the sustainability of the bid.

So, this will be a very busy and another challenging summer for Dyche and Director of Football Kevin Thelwell - especially with the prospect of a number of players potentially departing and some at least needing to be replaced.

This group will include those players whose contracts are up, such as Idrissa Gueye and Seamus Coleman, as well as others like Dominic Calvert-Lewin who only have a year left on their current deals.

Getting Calvert-Lewin's future sorted out would be one of the most important decisions that the two men have to resolve when the season is ended.

And all that doesn't include other young players like Amadou Onana and possibly also Jarrad Branthwaite who may well be the subject of big summer bids and might have to be sold to balance the books.

Getting back to tomorrow night, and although it might be tempting to try a bit of experimenting - and I would like to see for example Youssef Chermiti get the nod to carry on starting up front - I don't see Dyche doing much of that myself.

Therefore we will probably see a team line up at Kenilworth Road that is pretty much the manager's strongest eleven.

Everton have a great chance to finally finish a season looking forward with at least some positive hopes for the first time in years.

It would be good to see that starting tomorrow night and with the shackles of relegation released and all the pressure on the home side, perhaps the players as well as the travelling fans can enjoy it too.