The summer transfer window has long been a worrying time for Everton fans. This time of year has seen some of the club’s brightest talents depart.
Whether it be the dragged out negotiations that saw Joleon Lescott leave for Manchester City in 2009, or the last minute deal thrashing that granted Mikel Arteta’s wish to play in the Champions League last summer, there is always the danger of key players leaving for pastures new.
It is therefore essential that the club keep hold of prized assets such as Marouane Fellaini, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka.
It is well documented that Everton tend to start the season slowly with the last campaign being no different. Is this purely a coincidence or a knock on effect from top performers leaving resulting in diminishing morale?
This article will argue the latter.
Take this season for example. Transfer deadline day saw the departure of fan favourite Arteta, along with top scorer Jermaine Beckford and formerly deadly striker Yakubu, who went on to 18 goals for relegated Blackburn Rovers.
The feeling of doom and gloom swept around Goodison Park and the atmosphere matched early season performances as defeats to Queens Park Rangers, Manchester City, Liverpool and Newcastle set up a dismal first half of the season.
Fast forward to January and what was shaping up to be a Situs Judi Bola season to forget for the blue half of Merseyside soon turned into one full of optimism.
The arrivals of Landon Donovan, Darron Gibson, Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar gave the whole club a lift and the second half of the season was a joy to behold.
In fact, as most Evertonians will tell you, if the season started in January than the blues …