By Abigail Withey
Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards believes that Everton should make the Europa League their main priority this season as he does not think Ronald Koeman’s side have a strong enough team to reach the top four of the Premier League.
Last season the Toffees finished behind Europa League champions Manchester United and FA Cup winners Arsenal, and the Blues will be hoping to climb the table this season.
The Merseyside boss made a number of new recruits including Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer, but journalist, Edwards, doesn’t believe this is enough.
“They would view a top-four finish this season as a real triumph. The problem is, they do not appear to have a team that is good enough to get them there,” the reporter wrote in his article for the Telegraph.
“Patience holds, for the time being, but the Europa League should be a priority, possibly even their main one.
“Everton have not won a major piece of silverware since 1995, so they cannot afford to take any competition lightly.
“The temptation to do so because of the negative perceptions attached to the Europa League must be resisted.”
The journalist’s views will come as a wake-up call to the Toffees as they prepare to face Serie A side Atalanta in their group stage opener in the European competition.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman will have to make a quick decision on which competition he plans to focus on as his side embarks on it’s Europa journey.
The Merseyside outfit began their campaign well with a 1-0 win over Stoke City, which was followed by a number of tough fixtures against Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham.
As well as Atalanta, the Blues will also face fellow Group E opponents Apollon Limassol and Lyon.
In other Everton news, Davy Klaassen has made an admission about his opening games with the Toffees.