Big things are going down at Goodison Park these days. The Toffees are currently in the process of transferring new ownership as well as going through some major first team shake-ups that could have a significant impact on the club’s future. New ownership could bring an influx of cash that may help push the team past the all too familiar mid-table threshold, though there’s reason to remain apprehensive about what the future might hold for Everton.
Billionaire Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri sold his stake in Arsenal and bought into Everton F.C.. He purchased 49.9 percent of the club, making him the majority owner of the team. The move should greatly increase the club’s capacity for wages, which should go a long way in bringing in new prospective stars while helping to keep the budding young talent already with the team.
There are some very promising players that have proven extremely valuable to the club, and retaining this talent could spell the beginning of a new era for Everton. This notably includes defender John Stones, an extremely promising young player who Everton has had to beat away suitors with a stick to keep the young player around. Chelsea offered £45 million for John Stones and there are rumors that Barcelona might be willing to offer even more for the 21-year-old centre back. It will definitely take some cash to ensure that Stones sticks around for next season, and Moshiri has deep enough pockets to ensure that this might happen. The pick-up of Argentine defender Ramiro Funes Mori has also paid off for the club in spades, with Mori opening the scoring during the recent match against Aston Villa.
One major shake up at the club is sure to be the exit of longtime goalkeeper Tim Howard. He had been with Everton since 2007 and will return to the United States to play for the Colorado Rapids in the MLS. The veteran keeper is now on the wrong end of 35, and he wouldn’t have had that much competitive time left with the team anyway, as evidenced by the favor shown to the much younger Joel Robles. The Spanish Robles is 10 years Howard’s junior and was confirmed as the first choice keeper by manager Roberto Martinez earlier this year. Howard’s performance for Everton recently has been inconsistent at best, and it only makes sense that he’d return to America for more playing time and a bigger paycheck.
At this point in the season, the People’s Club continues to sit snuggly in mid table in the Premier League, but it’s nine points off of the fifth-place slot and the promise of European soccer. The Europa league would be a long shot for The School of Science and being able to enter next season without the distraction of European soccer could prove to be a positive. Just look at what it’s done for Leicester City.
The future could turn out to be very bright for the Blues with more cash and a crop of fresh talent waiting to be harvested. Only time will tell if these moves will reap the rewards the team needs, but they’re definitely an exciting step in the right direction.