After a strong end to last season and favourable fixtures to start the 2019/20 season, Everton have earnt themselves a deserved popularity amongst FPL managers. This Everton FPL team guide will weigh up their numerous mid-priced assets, many of whom are worthy of serious consideration.
Marco Silva is still a divisive manager. Whilst some laud him as a genius, others question his managerial credentials. If the optimists are right, and Silva has found a formula that works, 2019/20 could well be a breakthrough season for the Merseyside club.
What style of football do Everton play?
Marco Silva came to in his 3rd Premier League job in 3 seasons with a huge amount of hype and expectation. Suffice to say, his first season as Everton boss was a mixed bag.
A big part of this was down to a lack of a reliable goalscoring striker. Cenk Tosun (£6.0m) failed to impress and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.0m) wasn’t prolific enough to be a main source of goals.
Despite the frailties up front, Silva normally opted for a 4-2-3-1. Gylfi Sigurudsson (£8.0m) would occupy the hole, flanked by Brazilians Richarlison (£8.0m) and Bernard (£6.5m). Richarlison managed to follow Silva to Everton, where he brought his previous Watford form with him. He picked up 13 goals for the toffees, usually drifting inside to move into pockets of space to attack the box.
The double pivot of André Gomes (£5.5m) and Idrissa Gueye (£5.0m) has shown a lot of quality under Silva. Gueye is the ball-winning battering ram, capable of starting quick counters. Gomes, meanwhile, is capable of threading passes through different ranges and also possesses great dribbling ability under pressure. The pair are also partly responsible for Everton’s impressive defensive form towards the end of last season.
The fullbacks play a big part in Everton’s attacking too, with Lucas Digne (£6.0m) in particular shining as one of Everton’s star players last season with his crossing and workrate. Jordan Pickford’s (£5.5m) distribution has also been a facet in starting attacks quickly or picking out passes from longer distances during the build-up.
Defensively, Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) & Michael Keane (£5.5m) formed a good understanding as the season went on, being able to build from the back whilst also defending in a higher line or from deeper.
Collectively, however, Everton’s style of play isn’t the most definable. They are neither an all-out counter-attacking or possession-based side. Rather, they’re capable of playing both when it suits them. To get the best out of their assets, Silva might well look to stamp more of a distinct identity on this Everton side next season.
The signing of Moise Kean has surely got to be one of the best bits of business in the league ahead of the new season. If they can add 15 goals to an already defensively resolute side, they could well establish themselves as a threat to the top six once again. Kean looks more than capable of doing exactly that.
Last season’s key statistics
Everton have made improvements in the majority of areas since Marco Silva took over from Sam Allardyce ahead of the 2018/19 season. Not only are they suitable for public viewing again, but they saw a huge increase in their goals scored per game – an average of 1.19 jumping to 1.55.
The concerns over their defence – and the belief that Big Sam was far superior in this department – are unfounded. Their average goals conceded per game remained almost identical, with just a 0.04 drop, and they rounded off the season with eight clean sheets in their last 11 gameweeks.
FPL fixture difficulty
The table above shows the fixture difficulty of Everton’s opening six matches, as determined by our clean sheet tracker and attacking tracker. These difficulty trackers are based on last seasons home/away specific performance statistics. Newly promoted sides statistics have been weighted according to their transitional value.
Who takes penalties for Everton?
Accordingly to our data, Gylfi Sigurdsson is designated penalty taker for Everton. Cenk Tosun is expected to be next in line, pending any new transfers.
Which Everton players to pick on FPL?
Scoring 161 FPL points, Jordan Pickford (£5.5m) was the 3rd highest scoring goalkeeper last season. In fact, he racked up just 8 points less than Ederson, registering 36 more saves and 7 more bonus points than the Man City shot-stopper.
Going into next season, he’s one of the top 5 most owned goalkeepers in the game, but has only been backed by 10.6% of managers at the time of writing. 7 clean sheets in the last 10 games of the 18/19 season bodes well for the Englishman, who could well be a fantastic goalkeeping differential.
Though many (27.8% at the time of writing) managers will opt for Lucas Digne (£6.0m), spare a thought for Seamus Coleman (£5.5m). The full-back managed 2 goals and 2 assists in reduced minutes last season, contributing to 13 clean sheets. At £0.5m cheaper, he presents a more affordable way into an Everton backline that is just as capable of attacking returns as it is securing clean sheets. He’s only 3.8% owned, which bodes well for managers looking for an undiscovered gem.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m) and Richarlison (£8.0m) have both seen price hikes ahead of the 2019/20 season. Whilst the former is widely discussed, the latter has been somewhat ignored. The Brazilian scored 13 goals last season; a figure that could well inflate as he matures into Premier League football. Sigurdsson (16% TSB) also managed 13 goals in a 182-point season that saw him pick up 6 assists and 20 bonus points too. Don’t forget to spare a thought for Bernard (£6.5m) and Theo Walcott (£6.5m). The pair saw limited minutes last season but should be watched closely.
Upfront, Moise Kean (£7.0m) is surely the stand-out pick. The Italian international scored 6 goals in 13 league appearances for Juventus during the 2nd half of last season, and has shown an attitude and work ethic beyond his years.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.0m) managed 6 goals and 5 assists last season; an attacking return every 160 minutes. With Kean in, his FPL stock has certainly dropped. With that said, it’ll be interesting to see if he can work his way into the side.