Adrian Clarke looks at key areas where each Premier League club can improve ahead of the 2019/20 season.
To fulfil their top-six aspirations Everton must find a way to create more goalscoring chances.
The Toffees carved out only 278 opportunities from open play last season. That was less than relegated Fulham and ranked 12th among all Premier League teams.
Adding creativity will be part of the solution ahead of their Premier League opener at Crystal Palace, but the lack of a striker who makes consistently intelligent runs is also a factor.
Acquiring a seasoned striker with instinctively good movement may well be on Marco Silva's summer agenda.
Everton like to use the width of the pitch when they attack.
No team produced greater accuracy crossing into the box from open play last season, with left-back Digne delivering more than any player in the Premier League.
And as demonstrated in the table below, Everton's left flank outperformed their right last season, another area Silva may look to address.
Richarlison is another option to play on the right flank. That said, I anticipate the Toffees to move for fresh right-wing options.
|Left side||Right side|
|Key passes open play||36||37||21||19|
|Acc. crosses open play||38||13||17||12|
Everton defend from the front under Silva, an approach that helped them concede 12 fewer goals in the Portuguese's first season in charge than they did in 2017/18.
In fact, only the top four teams last term were breached on fewer occasions than Everton's 46.
Bearing in mind they conceded 16 set-piece goals, the most in the Premier League, they clearly have a pretty solid defensive base.
Powerful defending at corners and free-kicks will be top of Silva's wishlist as he looks to strengthen his backline.