There will be an element of building for the future and developing with long-term thinking for Everton this season, as the move to a new stadium draws closer and closer.
Everton have recently announced plans for a new 52,000 capacity stadium to be built on the Bramley-Moore dock area in the city of Liverpool, with the new arena aiming to be completed in time for the 2023-24 season.
These are truly exciting times for Evertonians off the pitch and optimism on the pitch has started to pick up following a strong end to the 2018/19 campaign.
Marco Silva’s side finished the season without conceding a goal in games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United with a 4-0 win over the latter whetting the appetite ahead of the new season.
We caught up with Matt Jones from The Blue Room to gather how The Toffees are feeling ahead of Silva’s second season in charge with that resilient showing against the top six a great platform to build on, he said:
“The end of the season was just dead fun. It was really fun being back at Goodison Park again.
“For a football club like ourselves who ambled round the mid-table for a long time its important to have those big moments in the big games that make us go ‘I really enjoyed going to the game today and watching the team play’.
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“We want to be pushing on to get amongst that top six, but its important to have those days again.”
The close season saw Everton pull off a coup in signing the highly-rated Moise Kean for an initial £24.5m from Italian champions Juventus, as well as finalising exciting deals for Alex Iwobi, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
This has injected a much-needed energy into the squad, but what are the fans expecting ahead of this season?
“I think we have to be trying to get 60-65 points this season, have a bit of a cup run and develop some of our players and look ahead to next season.
“While we all want success now but I think it’s important to look at this through the lens of long-term thinking.
“The plans for the new stadium look amazing. There will be a tear shed when we leave here on the final day but I think we all accept we have to leave and that looks like its going to be a great arena.”
Watch the full interview with Matt and the rest of our season previews around all 20 Premier League grounds below.