Club hero Kevin Ratcliffe says that Everton won’t be a surprise package next season.

Former captain and club hero Kevin Ratcliffe says that expectations around Goodison Park will be high next season following the arrivals of so many exciting players this summer.

Ratcliffe, the most decorated captain in Everton’s history, believes that Ronald Koeman has been backed with money to sign the players of his choice, and now the Dutchman must deliver.

Everton have made some eye-catching signings this summer but Ratcliffe, who lifted two titles, the FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup, says that the club will be under real pressure if they take their foot off the pedal.

Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman

While players like Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane, and Jordan Pickford are expected to adjust to the new system, imports outside the Premier League like Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen may require time to settle in.

Ratcliffe says that with these new signings, Everton have sent a signal that they will be challenging for the top six next season.

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“One thing is for certain, Everton aren’t going into the new season under the radar,” said Ratcliffe, as quoted by The Daily Star. “The signals being sent out of Goodison Park are that the club expect to be challenging the big six.

“They won’t be a surprise package. The others will know Everton are coming for them. All of a sudden it becomes a big season for Ronald Koeman.

“He has spent a lot of money and some of these players, Ramirez and Klaassen, will be playing in the Premier League for the first time. It’s a relentless division.

“Take your foot off the pedal and you’re in trouble. These players will quickly have to come to terms with that fact. You can’t just play for 60 minutes.”

Koeman is still looking to sign one or two more players with Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, as reported by the Daily Post, being top of his wish list.

General view outside the stadium before the match – Goodison Park

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