It was a memorable campaign for the men from Merseyside as Everton so nearly beat Arsenal to a Champions League spot. In their first season under the stewardship of Roberto Martinez, replacing David Moyes who had been there over a decade, Everton produced brilliant football throughout and their season, despite ending in heartache, will stand them in good stead in the future.
A young, energetic and blossoming side have plenty to look forward to and good memories to look back on.
Best Moment – Manchester United 0-1 Everton
David Moyes had an infamous record during his time at Everton and that was because he had failed to beat any of the traditional ‘top-four’. Roberto Martinez took his side to Manchester United in December, managed by David Moyes, and left the Scotsman red-faced as a Bryan Oviedo strike was enough to claim the three points at the Theatre of Dreams.
Worst Moment – Liverpool 4-0 Everton
Everton were finally beginning to build some confidence and after beating the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and drawing at the Emirates, Martinez’s men travelled to Anfield hoping to build on their fine season. However, what was about to unfold in-front of their eyes was a shock to anyone associated with the Toffees. They were torn to shreds by a rampant Brendan Rodgers side, going 3-0 down inside 35-minutes. Luis Suarez’s solo goal in the second-half killed off the men in blue. A night to forget for Martinez and co as they lost 4-0.
Best Player – Seamus Coleman
Leighton Baines, who has been linked with Manchester City, was the star full-back last season. However, it is the Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman who came on leaps and bounds this campaign, excelling at right-back for the Toffees. In scintillating form all season, he was integrated into the Team of the Year, as well as being voted Everton’s Player of the Season by fellow team-mates. He helped his side to 15 clean-sheets and also scored the most goals of any defender in the league (7), level with Martin Skrtel. Coleman created 45 chances – the third-highest in the Everton side.
Best Transfer – Gareth Barry
Romelu Lukaku and James McCarthy are worthy mentions after fantastic contributions to Everton’s season, but it was on-loan midfield dictator Gareth Barry who really shone on a consistent basis throughout the campaign. Taken on a temporary deal from Manchester City, Barry excelled in the middle of the park. The heartbeat of everything Everton did – it had to go through Barry. He formed a brilliant partnership with McCarthy and managed to create 41 chances in the Premier League, more than the likes of Lukaku and Barkley. His pass accuracy (87%) was the third-highest in the squad, misplacing just 177 all season in the league.
Flop of the Season – Arouna Kone
While Antolin Alcaraz failed miserably in the six Premier League appearances he made, much was not expected of the defender brought in as back-up. However, Kone, who shone last season for Wigan, struggled with injuries all term and while high hopes were held for him, the Ivorian failed to deliver. He played five games, attempting three shots on goals. No goals and two chances created, Kone’s season was a disaster.
Season defining stat
It is clear to see the partnerships at the back are working for Martinez’s men. They conceded just 39 goals in the league this season – only bettered by Manchester City and Chelsea. They were missing Jagielka and Distin for various parts of the season, which makes that feat even more impressive.
Target for next season
There can only really be one target and that is qualifying for the Europe’s elite club competition – the Champions League. The Toffees came so close to joining the elite this season, but their brilliant performances leaves them with a solid foundation for next season. Making sure they keep Gareth Barry, and perhaps Lukaku if they can, could be fundamental next year.