Former Liverpool star says Everton will struggle to finish fifth

Former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp believes Romelu Lukaku is not enough to help Everton replicate last season.

If Everton are to achieve what they did last season they will have to prove a the same doubters wrong all over again.

Despite the Toffees finishing an impressive fifth in the Premier League last season, pundits far and wide are expecting Manchester United to bounce back, and make life harder for all competing for a place in the top four.

One man who foresees a tricky campaign ahead for Everton, is former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp.

He told SkySports: "I’m not sure Everton can repeat what they did last season. I’m a massive Roberto Martinez fan but I think they might have a tough time trying to repeat what they achieved in 2013/14 – and I don’t see them finishing fifth again.

"They’ve got some great young players such as John Stones and Ross Barkley - a player I love watching – but it will be very hard to match the high standard they set in the previous campaign."

Even with the permanent signing of Romelu Lukaku, Redknapp added that he felt another top five finish is a stretch, albeit not impossible.

Unlike Manchester United, Everton have a settled side, and a manager who has years of Premier League experience behind him.

The Toffees will feel they also have an edge on Tottenham too, who they finished above last season, and who face a potential season of adaptation under Mauricio Pochettino.

Of course similar things were said regarding Everton and Roberto Martinez a year ago, but now he simply needs to go and prove he did not peak too early, and the club are in for a sustained period at the top. 

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