The 2019-20 Premier League season has turned out to be a tough one for Everton after they could only manage to secure an underwhelming 12th placed finish in the league standings. It has often been a frustrating campaign for the Toffees as they failed to discover consistency with their results. However, there have been some promising signs of things to come under their manager, Carlo Ancelotti. Hence, all is not doom and gloom at the blue half of Merseyside even though it would hurt any Everton fan to see their local rivals, Liverpool end their 30-year wait to become the champions of England last month.
Everton’s 2019-20 Premier League Season Review: Major Talking Points
The Merseyside outfit made a bright start to the season with a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Watford before going down away at Aston Villa with a 2-0 scoreline. However, the Toffees bounced back with an entertaining 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the start of September. It was at that point when Marco Silva started to lose control as his Everton side lost four successive matches in the league.
The Goodison Park outfit finally managed to put an end to their poor run of form with a victory over West Ham United in October. They continued to suffer heading into the busy Christmas period after defeats against Brighton and Hove Albion, Norwich City and Leicester City respectively.
Everton finally decided to sack Marco Silva in December following a 5-2 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool and decided to appoint Carlo Ancelotti later that month. The Italian tactician managed to steady the ship with wins over Burnley and Newcastle United. However, they were once again inconsistent with regards to their performances on the field which translated to some needless points being dropped by the Toffees in January and February before the football season was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Merseyside club made a bright start after the Premier League campaign resumed in June as they picked up two wins and a draw, but ended up undoing all their good work by dropping points against Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa. Ancelotti saw his team finish the campaign with a dismal performance versus Bournemouth at home as they lost by a 3-1 scoreline.
Everton’s Best Players Of The Season
The Brazilian striker carried most of the creative and goal-scoring burden for the Toffees last season. He registered 13 goals and three assists in 36 league appearances for the Merseysiders, highlighting his growing influence at Goodison Park.
The 23-year-old was brilliant for Everton before the football world came to a standstill due to the COVID-19 outbreak. He banged in 13 goals and provided one assist in 36 matches for his current employers in the Premier League. His stats showcase just how much he has matured as a forward while playing alongside Richarlison up top over the past 12 months.
The English centre-back has been the Toffees’ most consistent defender in recent months after he averaged 1.0 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 4.8 clearances per game in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).
Bernard’s goal vs Watford: Opening Day Of The Premier League Season
Bernard scored the decisive goal to give Everton all three points versus the Hornets in the opening game of this campaign. It was a key moment that raised the expectations of the Toffees faithful for the new season.
Marco Silva’s sacking: 6 December 2019
Marco Silva failed to get the best out of his players heading into the winter months, which led to his sacking in December. He took charge of 60 matches for Everton, picking up 1.38 points per game during his time at Goodison Park.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Appointment: 21 December 2019
To the surprise of many, Ancelotti was appointed as the new manager which led to the Merseyside club moving up the league table before falling off once again since the Premier League’s restart. He has fared slightly better than his predecessor at Everton after picking up 1.43 points per game thus far.