Everton are under heavy pressure at the moment to not only retain their current position, but improve it because fourth place is more important to them now than ever before.
If Everton don’t finish fourth then it could mean the heart and soul of the club is ripped out and sets them back several years in terms of where they want to be.
Key attacking player Marouane Fellaini has already said that he will only consider staying on at the club past this season, if the team can secure Champions League football.
Take Fellaini away and you take away one of Everton’s most important figures and possibly their most focal point in attack.
Then there is the issue of Leighton Baines, one of the best left backs in the world who could be the subject of a multi-million pound bid from one of Europe’s top sides.
Manchester United signed Alexander Buttner last summer but he doesn’t seem anywhere near the current level that Sir Alex Ferguson is looking for. Should Everton fail to be in the Champions League, it may be too good a move for Baines to turn down.
Baines has a set of core skills which make him not only a brilliant defender, but very effective going forward which is something that all modern coaches are looking for in full backs.
There are also the current rumours surrounding the club’s manager David Moyes. Manchester City and Chelsea have been linked with making possible approaches this summer, which will mean a new journey and a new challenge for the Scot.
Moyes has taken Everton into the Champions League before but it was a journey which ended very quickly. If he can pull it off again, then it will be very difficult for him to leave the club.
He will want to prove a point in the respect that he’s a much better manager than a lot of people give him credit for and that tactically, he can battle with the best coaches in Europe.
Finishing fourth will also mean an increase in revenue and possible transfer related funds for Everton, this is very important in helping Everton stay at their current level.
On the plus side, losing key players would see big funds come in to sign new faces, but if Moyes isn't around to spend it, who would you be confident in seeing do so?
How important do you think fourth place is for Everton?
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