Virtually everything that could have gone wrong for Everton last season did. With only five wins in the whole year, and two coaches and an interim coach later, they finished 10th after flirting with relegation.
A strong 2020-21 campaign had given the feeling that Everton could be the club to break the established top four. However, a tough losing streak against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal saw Willie Kirk sacked after five games. The disaster followed with the appointment of Jean-Luc Vasseur which lasted only three months. Assistant Chris Roberts stepped forward to stabilize the ship and make sure Everton stayed in the top division.
It is therefore difficult to know what to expect this year. To begin with, they have a new coach in Brian Sørensen. The Dane is highly regarded, but he will need time to shape a greatly changed team, which his two predecessors were not allowed.
Everton lost several players over the summer, including Danielle Turner and Simone Magill, who have been consistent over the past decade. Claire Emslie, Kenza Dali and Anna Anvegård, Everton’s attacking team, have also left.
Sørensen recruited intelligently, however. Fast Dutch forward Katja Snoeijs has arrived from Bordeaux while Katrine Veje returns to the WSL from Rosengård. Likewise, the arrival of the Danish twins Holmgaard, Sara and Karen, from Potsdam offers cause for optimism. Sara will immediately go on loan to Fortuna Hjørring, but Karen is part of the first team. Meanwhile, acclaimed Manchester United goalkeeper Emily Ramsey has arrived on loan to fill the void left by Sandy MacIver, while Jess Park and Aggie Beever-Jones, two of England’s most exciting young attacking talents, also joined for the season.
Compared to last year, Everton has a relatively comfortable start to the season. They would expect to win their first three games, against Leicester, West Ham and newly promoted neighbors Liverpool. If so, the club’s ambitions to finish in the first half shouldn’t be far off.
Sørensen comes from Danish club Fortuna Hjørring with titles to his name and is known for building a strong club culture. He has already invited his players to know their identity and will have identified the need for them to improve their productivity. He likes his teams to play possession-based football, creating different passing options. Off the ball he prepares his teams to defend against attack while the midfield area is the key component.
Captain Izzy Christiansen he is one of those who make everything work. A leader both on and off the pitch, he has embraced the role of captain despite the difficult moments of last season. Forward-thinking, he has the vision and the skills to move his team forward. Christiansen is also tenacious and will not shy away from a contrast. Her experience is key and will have a calming influence on the younger players around her.
Great summer signature
The arrival of the Holmgaard twins is an exciting prospect for Everton. However, Katrine Veje is probably the star purchase of the Toffees summer. The veteran Danish full-back brings with him a great experience; he has 140 appearances for his country, previous WSL shows from a spell at Arsenal and has won trophies in multiple countries. The 31-year-old is versatile and can play later if the need arises.
Euro 2022 delight / anguish
Swedes Hanna Bennison and Nathalie Björn were both key to Sweden’s advance to the semi-finals in the summer. Björn has provided vital strength to a Covid-ravaged team. Meanwhile, Bennison scored one of the tournament’s goals with a rocket against Switzerland. Veje, Rikke Sevecke and the Holmgaard twins played a lot for Denmark but did not make it through the group stage.
Attract the crowd
Everton has been busy activating fans over the summer to try and capitalize on the growing interest in the women’s game. They held an open training season in front of around 1,000 fans at Goodison Park and got involved in community projects over the summer. They’ve ramped up their content production, including a piece written by Christiansen highlighting his hopes for a Euro 2022 legacy. Their home games are played at Walton Hall Park, a stadium Everton worked hard to create. one’s.