Nickname: The Toffees
Ground: Goodison Park, Liverpool, L4 4EL
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|Last Season - A revelation||Position: 7th|
Wayne Rooney may have not been the physical catalyst for the resurrection of Everton, but the belief the young protege brought to the club and the fans can not be underestimated. With a young homegrown talent to champion, the Merseyside club climbed from the foot of the table to challenge for a European place - only to miss out as Manchester United beat them 2-1 on the final day of the season. Top scorers Thomas Radzinski (11) and Kevin Campbell (10) helped put Everton temporarily above city rivals Liverpool but it was Rooney's 89th minute winner against defending champions Arsenal that is etched on the memory. The 16-year-old's 30-yard strike ended the Gunners' 30 game unbeaten run and eventually elevated the starlet into the England squad - becoming the youngest player ever to represent England. It was Moyes' combative team ethic that served Everton so well - and the emergance of 'Roonaldo' is a massive bonus.
|Transfers - In and Out|
Joseph Yobo (PSG) - £3.5m
James McFadden (Motherwell) - £1.25m
Kevin Kilbane (Sunderland) - £750,000
Nigel Martyn (Leeds) - Nominal
Li Tie (Liaoning Bodao) - Undisclosed
Francis Jeffers (Arsenal) - Loan
Mark Pembridge (Fulham) - £500,000
Kevin McLeod (QPR) - Nominal
George Pilkington (Port Vale) - Free
Niclas A'dersson (West Ham) - Loan
Paul Gerrard (Sheff Utd) - Loan
Stephen Beck - Released
Dave Carney - Released
Robert Southern - Released
|First Choice XI|
|The Gaffer - David Moyes|
David Moyes took control of Everton when Walter Smith was sacked in March 2002. He completed a last-minute salvage job to keep the Toffeemen in the Premiership that term and quickly became a fans', and chairman's, favourite. He cemented his favour around Goodison last season with a romp up the Premiership table, narrowly missing out on European qualification. Moyes ended his playing career at Preston North End and began his coaching career at the Division Two club. In 1999 the Scot narrowly missed out on promotion but in May 2000 Preston were crowned champions of Division Two. His side made an impressive start to life in Division One and reached the play-off final, only to beaten 3-0 by Bolton Wanderers. Moyes' exploits saw him linked with a number of top jobs, including Sir Alex Ferguson's number two at Manchester United, but in the end he joined the Goodison Park club in the spring of 2002.
|Player to Watch - Wayne Rooney|
Okay, it may be an obvious choice but a lack of transfer activity means that all eyes will once again be on the wonderkid, Wayne Rooney. They say the famed 'second season in the Premiership' is the hardest, and after bursting onto the scene last year, ending Arsenal's 30-game unbeaten run, inspiring Everton to a top half finish and becoming the youngest player to represent England, the 17-year-old's card will be well and truly marked. Despite a prolific goal tally in the reserves Rooney only netted six times in the Premiership - so he will be hoping to improve on that total. The bullish Evertonian has already picked up a couple of injuries in pre-season and he can expect more of the same treatment during the season - when he will be expected to start producing goals more regularly.
|Young Gun - Sean O'Hanlon|
Formby-born Sean O'Hanlon worked his way up from the Academy to become a regular in the reserves and despite being a member of the first-team squad is yet to make his debut. The 20-year-old will be hoping this year will be the season he can emulate the achievements of fellow youngsters Peter Clarke and Nick Chadwick, who made their first team debuts as far back as 2001. Nicknamed 'chief', this versatile England Under-21 defender skippered an Everton XI in pre-season and although he is unlikely to match the impact of a certain Mr Rooney he has produced a series of mature displays that should earn him at least a sniff of first-team action.
The supporters of The People's Club on Merseyside are looking forward to do better in the Premiership this season. With Moyesy having a season behind him, we expect to clinch a European place. Fans fancy a bet get on Everton to win a cup.
Wayne Rooney, still only 17 is a year older, and will be ready to frighten the Premiership defences. Watch out for Joey Yobo who will be one of the outstanding players in the Premiership.
By Steve Jones of Blue Kipper.
There were high hopes among the fans that David Moyes would be making significant improvements to his squad this summer but, the permanent acquisition of Joseph Yobo aside, there has been no movement at Goodison Park so far.
It looks like the cash-strapped Blues will be going into the new campaign with the same squad that earned a 7th-place finish last term and with many of our rivals strengthening their ranks in the close season, we might struggle to mount a challenge for Europe in 2003/04.
Look out for hot prospect Leon Osman who, by virtue of David Moyes's inactivity in the transfer market, could finally get the chance to display the attacking midfield talent he displayed in the reserves last season.
By Lyndon of Toffeeweb.
For the first time in quite a few years, something is actually expected of Everton this season. The million-dollar question is, of course, can we build on last season's impressive campaign and grab a place in Europe?
With the permanent signing of Joseph Yobo being the only arrival at Goodison this summer, we will be entering the new campaign with the same set of players who did us proud last time out.
Ironically, the lack of movement in the transfer market will allow David Moyes the opportunity to give young Leon Osman a chance in the midfield. Now he has fully recovered from a serious knee injury, the 22-year-old is set to play a big role in the future of the club and could have a huge impact this season.
As for other talented youngsters, I hear the boy Rooney is quite useful. Prediction - sixth and a place in Europe.
By Steve Murphy, from Fans FC.
|Best - Top six||Worst - Bottom six|
Despite a late slump at the end of last term, the season will live long in the memories of Evertonians - who have recently been starved of success. However, last season virtually all their stars where playing at the peak of their ability and it remains to be seen if they can reproduce such form over another long campaign. A top 10 finish this time round would represent a decent season of consolidation.