Everton have made a number of changes this summer.
Many questioned Ronald Koeman’s decision to leave Southampton for Everton this summer, especially considering how well the Saints finished last term in comparison to the Merseyside club.
Yet, with Southampton selling the likes of Victor Wanyama, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle, while Everton have brought in Ashley Williams and appear to be on the verge of signing Yannick Bolasie, his motivations for the move now seem clear.
Everton, backed by wealthy new investor Farhad Moshiri, have bags of potential and even if they lose last season’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku, Keys tips them to have a good season under Koeman.
“I fancy them to go well this time. Ronald Koeman is a good appointment, but Steve Walsh is better. It’ll take time for Walshy to make his mark, but he’s made a very good start,” Keys wrote in his blog.
“Ashley Williams is a leader, he’ll do a great job. I still expect Lukaku to leave before the window shuts. Steve will know who he wants to replace him. Bolasie is a good buy, but they’ll need another one.
“Europe has to be Everton’s objective.”
Everton kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur, a solid result for Koeman’s men and a decent performance to boot.
One striking difference between the Everton of last season and their game against Spurs was the work being done out of possession, with the Toffees regaining shape and pressuring Tottenham off the ball.
The early signs are good for the Merseysiders, and with an extra addition or two of top quality there is no reason why they can’t challenge for a top-six spot come the end of the season.