The futures of two of Everton’s top 2013/14 performers may lie much further afield than Goodison Park, but Toffees, don’t let this get you down, this is a fantastic summer to be a blue.
Top scorer Romelu Lukaku and midfield anchor Gareth Barry may be wanted elsewhere.
However, they could still sign with the Merseysiders long-term, but even if they opt to move on, there’s more than enough cause to back the club to land a top-four berth next term at a chunky 6/1.
Here are just a handful of the reasons why it’s great to be an Everton fan right now:
Seamus Coleman has joined Leighton Baines in extending his stay for the foreseeable.
The buccaneering full-back hit six goals last season, revelling in a system that had previously been focussed around attacking almost exclusively down the left.
His improvements in the final third inevitably saw behemoths of Manchester United and Arsenal’s stature take a liking, but after signing a new five-year contract extension, the Irishman isn’t on his bike.
Underwhelming World Cups from Baines and Phil Jagielka means there’ll be no sharks circling their two leading defenders.
The pair have formed the foundation of the Toffees’ success for several seasons now and had they packed their A-games before flying out to Brazil, the worst could reasonably have been feared.
Instead of defending at their diligent best, both players were culpable more than once for opposition goals and, as a result, there’s unlikely be a horde of suitors clamouring for their signatures.
Page one of the ‘how to support a football club’ textbook reads: ‘you will extract no greater joy from the game than witnessing the misery of your fiercest foe.’
After Liverpool allayed Everton’s fears of their city rivals winning the Premier League, Steven Gerrard’s mistake led to the goal that knocked England out of the World Cup and then talisman Luis Suarez was vilified universally and banned for four months on account of his overactive mandibles.
A quiet campaign from Lionel Messi (by his standards) suggests he’s never going to outgun legendary Toffee Dixie Dean.
Despite being a full-time postman and hardcore smoker, Dean still found the time to fire 60 goals in a single league campaign for the Toffees, a total many believed only a marksman as lethal as Messi could surpass.
The Argentine bagged his lowest La Liga haul in five seasons in 2013/14, however, suggesting his powers aren’t as potent as they once were, ensuring the Everton deity’s record remains intact.