It’s a tough awawy test for Manchester City as they are on the road at Goodison Park. I was able to catch up with Trent Nelsonl of Royal Blue Mersey to help get us up to speed with all thingsEverton Football Club.
Bitter and Blue 1 What has been the story of Everton’s season thus far?
Trent Nelson (RBM): The resurgence that folks like me thought was inevitable. We had seen what had been done when Don Carlo Ancelotti roamed the Blue streets of Merseyside and the sideline of Goodison Park.
Yet with his departure, and those two unfortunate spells by the likes of Rafa Benitez and Frank Lampard, the Toffees fell - as the world saw - to within a hair’s breadth of the Championship in back-to-back years.Sean Dyche helped save the side last season, and has made Everton one of the most improved sides in the Premier League - without question.
That is the story; but the team still wants a trophy too, and with the loss to Fulham in the EFL Cup quarterfinals, the FA Cup seems all that is left, unless we can sneak into a European spot with a recalibration of the prior FFP points deduction.If the Blues weren’t doing so well, that last point would most certainly be of higher priority than it currently is.
2 Which players have shown out for the club and which should City be on the look out for?
TNRBM: James Gardner has been immense, as has Abdoulaye Doucoure. While the former had to escape Manchester United to find a proper place under a proper boss, the latter simply had to outlast Frank Lampard - who saw nothing in the player who currently has the most goals for the side this year.In the advanced role he often plays in under Dyche these days, his size, speed, and determination have been on display as much as his finishing Dwight McNeil too, is dangerous and could rip City open if the stars align just accordingly; we shall see, of course.
3 What are Everton supporters expectations for this match and for the season as a whole?
TNRBM: As was noted on the RBM social media at one point, the Prem didn’t subtract ten points from the side so that they’d land in the Championship, they did it so that the team wouldn’t make it into Europe.
All jokes aside, this team is much better than previous versions, and while the Carabao Cup is no longer possible, the FA Cup does still remain a reasonable possibility.As for the Premier League, we need to climb up the rankings a bit, and three points would do just that for us. A mid-table finish would be massive after the past two years, and would help the Blues regain their footing for the future.
TNRBM: 2-1 Everton. Why not?
Thank you to Trent and remember you can check out all the Everton content on Royal Blue Mersey.