Sky pundit comments on Everton top-six chances, makes shock comparison with West Brom
By Derek Smithson
Tony Cascarino believes that Everton have no chance of finishing inside the top six of the Premier League and stated that a seventh-placed finish is not yet guaranteed.
The Toffees strengthened considerably in the summer window and managed Ronald Koeman has aspirations of helping his side compete at the top-end of the league.
They managed to make some impressive signings with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jordan Pickford moving to Goodison Park.
However, they were unable to bring in a like-for-like replacement for centre forward Romelu Lukaku following his exit to Manchester United.
Most fans are expecting Everton to be up competing for the European spots and trying to disrupt the top six of the league.
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However, Sky pundit Cascarino is not convinced by Everton this season and can see them struggling to finish in the top seven.
He has made the comparison between the Toffees and West Brom, claiming that the latter look a better side right now.
“I don’t see them finishing in the top six,” Cascarino wrote in the Times. “In fact, I don’t think they are guaranteed to finish in the top seven. They are vying for those spots from seventh to tenth.
“There are too many good sides out there for there to be guarantees. Look at West Brom — they haven’t got the players that Everton have, but Tony Pulis has got them so well drilled. They look a better team.”
Cascarino’s comments may come as a shock to some people as Everton are perceived by most as having a much better chance of disrupting the Premier League elites compared to West Brom.
The Merseyside club have spent a lot of money in the summer to try help bridge the gap and have been the side threatening to break into the top bracket in recent years.
However, the Baggies have made a strong start to the campaign and could be a team to watch this season.
They have made their own impressive signings with the likes of Grzegorz Krychowiak, Oliver Burke and Jay Rodriguez all moving to the Hawthorns.
In other Everton news, Harry Redknapp has delivered his verdict on the club’s midfielder deal.