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Everton Season Preview: RBM Writers' 2014-15 Season Predictions

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All your favourite writers at Royal Blue Mersey get together to discuss how they see the new season panning out.

Dave Thompson

Everton enter the 2014-15 season with what might be their strongest and deepest squad in the Premier League era. Royal Blue Mersey starts the season with 20 writers on staff scattered across the world committed to providing the best up-to-date content on your Blues. We all put our heads down and discussed how we saw this year turning out, in a Q&A format. Scroll down to the comments to give us your predictions as well.

Brian

Everton's final position - 4th: by the skin of our teeth we'll beat out a Liverpool team that struggles to score.

Top Six - Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton, Liverpool

Bottom Three - Southampton, Burnley, Crystal Palace

Premier League Top Scorer -  Edin Dzeko

League Cup winner - Arsenal

Everton's League Cup finish - 3rd round

FA Cup winner - Man C

Everton's FA Cup finish -  Semifinals

Everton's Europa League finish - Round of 32

Everton's Player of the Season - Darron Gibson

Everton's Flop of the Season - Leighton Baines

Tom

Everton's final position – 5th: I think we will push hard for fourth but a combination of increased competition from rivals and the energy sapping Europa League will mean we miss out

Top Six – Chelsea, Man C, Arsenal, Man U, Everton, Liverpool

Bottom Three – Aston Villa, Burnley, West Bromwich Albion

Premier League Top Scorer – Sergio Aguero

League Cup winner – Man U

Everton's League Cup finish – 3rd round

FA Cup winner - Chelsea

Everton's FA Cup finish – 5th round

Everton's Europa League finish – Quarterfinals

Everton's Player of the Season – Muhamed Besic

Everton's Flop of the Season – Joel Robles, he’s likely to get more game time this year given the extra European games, which isn’t a good thing!

Sibi

Everton's final position - 3rd: I think Martinez makes a few more signings and we really have depth to challenge up top.

Top Six - Chelsea, Man C, Everton, Arsenal, Man U, Liverpool

Bottom Three - West Brom, Aston Villa, Southampton

Premier League Top Scorer - Wayne Rooney

League Cup winner - Everton

Everton's League Cup finish - Winner

FA Cup winner - Man U

Everton's FA Cup finish - Semifinals

Everton's Europa League finish - Round of 32

Everton's Player of the Season - Seamus Coleman

Everton's Flop of the Season - Gareth Barry

Calvin

Everton's final position – 6th: Everton have done a lot but not enough to strengthen the squad, unless a miraculous winter transfer window saves us.

Top Six – Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd, Everton

Bottom Three – Burnley, Hull City, Leicester City

Premier League Top Scorer – Robin van Persie

League Cup winner – Chelsea

Everton's League Cup finish – Semifinals

FA Cup winner - Man C

Everton's FA Cup finish – 5th round

Everton's Europa League finish – Quarterfinals

Everton's Player of the Season – James McCarthy

Everton's Flop of the Season – Arouna Kone

Zach

Everton's final position - 5th: I just want to say if Martinez signs another striker before the deadline, I think 4th is a real possibility.

Top Six - Chelsea, Man C, Man U, Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool

Bottom Three - Aston Villa, Burnley, Queens Park Rangers

Premier League Top Scorer - Romelu Lukaku

League Cup winner - Chelsea

Everton's League Cup finish - Quarterfinals

FA Cup winner - Everton

Everton's FA Cup finish - Winners

Everton's Europa League finish - Round of 32

Everton's Player of the Season - Ross Barkley

Everton's Flop of the Season - Steven Pienaar

Max Miller

Everton's final position - 5th: would love to say 4th, just feel the squad might need a season to introduce some of the youngsters and get used to playing in an extra competition.

Top Six - Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Man Utd, Everton, Tottenham (desperately hoping Suarez's departure hits Liverpool)

Bottom 3 - Aston Villa, Burnley, Leicester

Top Scorer - Sergio Aguero, as long as he stays fit

League Cup Winner - Stoke City

Everton's League Cup finish - Quarterfinals

FA Cup Winner - Man C

Everton's FA Cup finish - Semifinals, although anything could happen at Wembley.

Everton's Europa League finish - Round of 16

Everton's Player of the Season - James McCarthy

Everton's Flop of the Season - Joel Robles maybe? Some of his performances last season didn't inspire confidence. Might regret using him in the Europa League, if that is what Martinez decides on.

Matt

Everton's final position - 5th: I don't think we improved enough to make the jump into Champions League, barring a collapse by one of the top four regulars.

Top Six - Chelsea, Arsenal, Man C, Man U, Everton, Tottenham

Bottom Three - West Brom, Burnley, Leicester City

Top Scorer - Robin van Persie

League Cup Winner - Arsenal

Everton's League Cup Finish - Semifinals

FA Cup Winner - Man U

Everton's FA Cup Finish - Finals

Everton's Europa League Finish - Round of 16

Everton's Player of the Season - Romelu Lukaku

Everton's Flop of the Season - Joel Robles, I see him costing us important games in cup matches.

Ryan

Everton's final position - 5th: there's no doubt that the team has gotten stronger during the summer but it will take time for this group to mature and gel as one.

Top Six - Man U, Chelsea, Man C, Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham

Bottom Three - West Brom, Southampton & Hull City

Premier League Top Scorer - Wayne Rooney

League Cup winner - Man U

Everton's League Cup finish - Semifinals

FA Cup winner - Everton

Everton's FA Cup finish - Winners

Everton's Europa League finish - Round of 32

Everton's Player of the Season - Seamus Coleman

Everton's Flop of the Season - Steven Pienaar

Adam

Everton's final position - 5th: Everton has once again had a solid off-season, but the teams above them have also added too much for the Toffees to close the gap to the Top 4.

Top Six - Chelsea, Man C, Arsenal, Man U, Everton, Liverpool

Bottom Three - Burnley, Southampton, West Brom

Premier League Top Scorer - Sergio Aguero

League Cup winner - Stoke City

Everton's League Cup finish - Quarterfinals

FA Cup winner - Everton

Everton's FA Cup finish - Winner

Everton's Europa League finish - Round of 16

Everton's Player of the Season - Romelu Lukaku

Everton's Flop of the Season - Darron Gibson

Sean F

Everton’s final position – 4th: depending on injuries, what happens in the rest of this transfer window and the next, I think the Toffees could really push the monopoly of the top four contenders especially if they start the season well with playing many of those teams early. Maybe my heart is overruling my head in thinking they will be successful.

Top Six – Man C, Chelsea, Man U, Everton, Arsenal and Liverpool

Bottom Three – Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Burnley

Premier League Top Scorer – Wayne Rooney

League Cup winner – Chelsea

Everton’s League Cup finish – 4th Round

FA Cup winner – Man. Utd

Everton’s FA Cup finish – Quarterfinals

Everton’s Europa League finish – Quarterfinals

Everton’s Player of the Season – Ross Barkley

Everton’s Flop of the Season – Arouna Kone; even if the striker was in form before his injury I wouldn’t be too optimistic on him making an impact this season.

Ross

Everton's final position - 6th: Cup runs and injuries will ultimately stretch the squad, and inconsistency against lower-placed teams will prove costly. I hope I'm wrong!

Top Six - Chelsea, Man C, Man U, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton

Bottom Three - West Brom, Leicester, Burnley

Premier League Top Scorer - Wayne Rooney

League Cup winner - Chelsea

Everton's League Cup finish - Quarterfinals

FA Cup winner - Man C

Everton's FA Cup finish - Semifinals

Everton's Europa League finish - Quarterfinals

Everton's Player of the Season - James McCarthy

Everton's Flop of the Season - Romelu Lukaku

Michael L

Everton's final position - 3rd place: As long as they don't get bogged down by the extra fixtures in Europa League, I don't see why this can't be a magical season.

Top Six - Man U, Arsenal, Everton, Chelsea, Tottenham, Man C

Bottom Three - Aston Villa, Southampton, Burnley

Premier League Top Scorer - Romelu Lukaku

League Cup winner - Bolton Wanderers

Everton's League Cup finish - Quarterfinals

FA Cup winner - Crystal Palace

Everton's FA Cup finish - Semifinals

Everton's Europa League finish - Round of 16

Everton's Player of the Season - Ross Barkley

Everton's Flop of the Season - Aiden McGeady

Sean L

Everton's final position - I want to think we’ll finish 4th. We’ve got the capacity and should step it up from last year, but it’ll be a struggle against a resurgent United and an improved again Chelsea.

Top Six - Chelsea, Man C, Arsenal, Everton, Man U and Liverpool

Bottom Three - West Brom, Sunderland and Burnley.

Premier League Top Scorer - Robin Van Persie

League Cup winner - Chelsea

Everton's League Cup finish - Quarterfinals

FA Cup winner - Everton

Everton's FA Cup finish - Winners

Everton's Europa League finish - Quarterfinals

Everton's Player of the Season - Ross Barkley

Everton's Flop of the Season - Tough to choose this one, but i’m going to go with Steven Pienaar because age will probably catch up and better options will limit his playing time.

Max Mazonowicz

Everton's final position – 6th: as much as I’d like to break into the top four I think it’s still a step too far, especially with the Europa League and the probably return of Manchester United this year.

Top Six – Chelsea, Man C, Arsenal, Man U, Liverpool, Everton

Bottom Three – Burnley, Aston Villa, West Brom

Premier League Top Scorer – Tough one. Romelu Lukaku. Seriously.

League Cup winner – Newcastle United

Everton's League Cup finish – 4th Round

FA Cup winner – Manchester United

Everton's FA Cup finish – Semifinals

Everton's Europa League finish – Finalists. Roberto’s style should be well suited.

Everton's Player of the Season – Ross Barkley

Everton's Flop of the Season – Hmmmmm. Darron Gibson through more injury?

Darren

Everton's final position - 5th: same squad as last season with a few additions but fear Europa League may take its toll on the push for top 4

Top Six - Chelsea, Man C, Man U, Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham

Bottom Three - Leicester, Burnley, Southampton

Premier League Top Scorer - Edin Dzeko

League Cup winner - Man U. Although I want to say us as we need to break our duck in this competition!

Everton's League Cup finish - Semifinals

FA Cup winner - Everton

Everton's FA Cup finish - Winners

Everton's Europa League finish - Quarterfinals

Everton's Player of the Season - Romelu Lukaku

Everton's Flop of the Season - Aiden McGeady

Alex

Everton's final position - 4th: We have it, we finished close last season. I think we have that final edge now.

Top 6 - Chelsea, Man C, Man U, Everton, Arsenal, Liverpool.

Bottom 3 - Burnley, Southampton, West Brom.

Prem to goalscorer - Robin van Persie

League Cup winners - Chelsea

Everton league cup finish - Quarterfinals

FA cup winners - Everton

Everton's FA Cup finish - Winners

Everton's Europa league finish - Finals, anything can happen from there.

Everton's player of the season- Muhamed Besic or Ross Barkley.

Everton's flop of the season- Ermm don't like this one but I'd say Steven Pienaar, think his legs will finally give up on him this season.

Sean S

Everton's final position - 6th: I hope I'm wrong and the race for fourth should be very close, but I can't shake the feeling we overachieved last year.

Top Six - Man C, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man U, Everton

Bottom Three - Leicester City, Hull City, West Brom

Premier League Top Scorer - Diego Costa

League Cup winner - Man U

Everton's League Cup finish - Finals

FA Cup winner - Arsenal

Everton's FA Cup finish - Quarterfinals

Everton's Europa League finish - Semifinals

Everton's Player of the Season - Ross Barkley. It's time.

Everton's Flop of the Season - Phil Jagielka

Sean Y

Everton's final position – 4th: strong attacking play with Lukaku and a fortified midfield featuring Besic will carry Everton to fourth.

Top Six – Man C, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham

Bottom Three – West Brom, Leicester City, Burnley

Premier League Top Scorer – Sergio Aguero

League Cup winner – Man C

Everton's League Cup finish – Semifinals

FA Cup winner - Arsenal

Everton's FA Cup finish – Semifinals

Everton's Europa League finish - Winners

Everton's Player of the Season - Seamus Coleman

Everton's Flop of the Season – Tony Hibbert

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