Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore told the Daily Mirror that he feels mid-table is the best that Everton can hope for next season.
The Toffees will be looking to improve on a largely disappointing season last year, with a desire from manager Roberto Martinez for the club to progress and push for a European place.
Collymore has also backed striker Romelu Lukaku to be the main man for the Spaniard’s team, although he implied that the Belgian still needs to mature into the sort of player who is capable of grabbing the team’s attack by the scruff of the neck.
“For me, midtable is as good as it gets – unless Roberto Martinez freshens up his squad with real quality,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“Romelu Lukaku will come good – he’s still a kid in my eyes – and a kid with a very good goals-to-games ratio.”
“But he has got to be the dominant beast of a striker that we all know he can be.”
Defence has to improve
The club’s defence last season was a weak point and Everton need to build some confidence in that area via consistency in keeping clean sheets.
The side’s chances of doing that will be better if John Stones stays at the club and ignores a possible move away to a club in a better position.
If Stones stays, keeps himself fit and plays consistently, there’s no reason why the Toffees can’t improve from a defensive standpoint.
Lukaku under pressure
As Collymore alludes to, Romelu Lukaku is going to be the key in attack.
He’s a player with the ability to bully any Premier League defence with his pace, power and strength and all Everton need to do is make sure the chances are put on a plate for him to convert.