FPL Team Preview Everton
Everton started last season promisingly with 4 straight league wins (7 wins in all competitions). Their good start faded slowly over the season, cumulating with a 5-0 loss on the final day of the season to finish 10th.
They have since appointed ex-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez in the summer in hope to generate another wave of revival.
FPL Team Preview Everton
2020-21 Premier League Season
Ancelotti’s first full season at the helm brought renewed hopes to Goodison Park. The Toffees led the Premier League in early October and striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin was on fire, scoring 11 goals in 11 league games.
Both the club and Calvert-Lewin faded and they endured several poor results at home (losses to Fulham and Burnley). They did famously win 2-0 at Anfield in Feb, but overall, it was a season that ended with no trophies and no European qualification.
Calvert-Lewin (FWD | 8.0) enjoyed a second season of great scoring form – he now has 29 goals over the last 2 Premier League seasons. However, he tends to be a “streaky” player – he performs well over a stretch of games but has the tendency of going on goal droughts.
Statistically, he ranks among the top 5 FPL forwards last season in terms of shots (83, 4th), shots-on-target (46, 3rd) and xG (14.81, 5th).
He was part of the England’s Euro 2020 squad but played just 18 minutes of the tournament.
In terms of direct returns, it was not the best season for Richarlison (FWD | 7.5). He scored 7 goals and assisted 6, his lowest Goals Involvement return in his 3 seasons with Everton.
The issue with Richarlison is his return date for Everton. He was a member of Brazil’s Copa America team and is currently playing in the Olympics, which is scheduled to end on 8th Aug. Also, he has not enjoyed a proper rest since the summer of 2019, with COVID-19 disruptions and all.
He is not likely to feature on GW01.
Digne (DEF | 5.5)should be a FPL manager’s favourite, but he lack the consistency to be a premium defender. He had 9 FPL assists last season, only second to Cresswell. However, in terms of shots and shots-on-target, he ranks poorly, way below the charts.
His heatmap suggests that he is very attacking with his forays down the left. He also takes corners for his side.
In James (MID |7.0), Everton do have a world class play-maker with immense credentials. The big question is over his fitness and overall commitment. Last season, he missed 15 games through injury. Towards the tail-end of the season, he was left out despite not being listed as injured.
Over the summer, Colombia left him out of Copa America on fitness concerns, suggesting that there may be more issues than what was officially reported.
Best to stay away for GW01.
Benitez moved quickly in the transfer market, securing three signings in quick succession.
Townsend (MID | 5.5)joined on a free to reunite with Benitez. Statistically, Townsend has a goal involvement average of around 6.3 per season, does not present himself as a good FPL option.
Gray (MID | 5.5) returned to England after a solitary season in the Bundesliga with Leverkusen. The 25-year-old had the potential, but never really seemed to live up to that. He has 10 goals and 11 assists from his 133 Premier League appearances for Leicester, of which 80 were off the bench.
At his price, he is an interesting option to shortlist. If Benitez can bring the best of out of him, he may enjoy an extended run in the team.
Begovic (GK | 4.0) also joins and is expected to play backup to Pickford.
First Five Fixtures
Everton enjoy one of the easiest start to the season on paper. Their first six games are “winnable” and they only play one of last season’s top 4 in the first 11 GWs.
With Richarlison missing the start of the season, Calvert-Lewin is the obvious pick. Digne is also great attacking pick, provided he is free from injury.
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