While European football is undoubtedly a positive thing for Everton, it could be damaging to the club in the short term.
Everton look set to secure at least Europa League football for next season, which will place even greater pressure across Everton than they are already under.
If the club wants to push on then European football is essential because it guarantees more cash and more exposure for the club, which is something which Everton could use.
However, it’s something which will mean Everton have to make a number of changes if they don’t want European football to have a counter effect on the team, as has been shown by the fixture pile-up and injuries suffered by Newcastle early this campaign.
David Moyes has spoken on several occasions this season, at the way some of his players have looked fatigued, despite the fact there’s a good chunk of the season yet to go.
If Everton break into the Europa League, it means well over a dozen extra fixtures, based on results and performance, which is going to place even more strain on a club with a smaller squad than they would like.
That means the club have to increase the size of their squad this summer because if they went into the Europa League with the squad they have this season, positive results may have followed but several players would be hanging by a thread in terms of exhaustion.
David Moyes has spent long enough at the club to know what he can ask and push for and what he can’t. The current board doesn’t seem as though it’s going to make millions instantly available which means Moyes has to use a mixture of clever signings and youth players in the tournament next year.
Everton must have room in their budget to bring in low transfer fee or free players and offer them competitive wage deals, because one or two players are bound to leave the club this summer which will free up cash.
The departures of Mikel Arteta to Arsenal and Jack Rodwell to Manchester City are still both very fresh so there has to be some sort of leeway if David Moyes goes to the chairman and the board with his cap in hand.
The very feature of European football will take some of the financial pressure away from Everton but that’s no use if the club can’t compete with the squad size of other teams in the competition.
Everton fans, good run in Europe and a mid-table finish or a seventh place finish and no European football?
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