2013/14 Premier League Season Preview – Everton

The new look Everton (or Wigan mark II) will face a period of transition to adapt to Roberto Martinez’s style. Having brought in Alcatraz, Kone and Joel, who all played under Martinez in Wigan’s relegation year, fans may be concerned that if Baines and Fellaini leave Everton will slip down the table. However promising winger Gerard Deulofeu has arrived on loan from Barcelona, which could be a tantalising prospect. With Baines and Coleman flying forward as wing-backs, and Mirallas, Pienaar and Deulofeu could supply a lot of chances for either Kone or the out of sorts Jelavic. Defence will be a concern for Martinez, whose style doesn’t suit the solidarity of the Moyes era.

Key Player: Kevin Mirallas. The Belgian had a solid first season at the Toffees, scoring 6 goals from the wing. Although primarily a forward, he can also play out wide, with his pace and finishing making him a fearsome opponent for defenders. He could be deployed more centrally this season in favour of the out of form Jelavic.

One to Watch: Ross Barkley. The teenager impressed last season before going out on loan to Leeds. A talented technical player, he fits Martinez’s blueprints for an attacking midfielder. This could be his season to shine, and Martinez could be the manager to bring him on.

Prediction: 8th

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