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Carlton Palmer, speaking exclusively with Tom Ward of Football FanCast, has questioned Everton’s chances of qualifying for a UEFA competition this season and fulfilling Farhad Moshiri’s mission as majority owner.
Everton emerged from the summer as one of the fittest clubs in the Premier League with four consecutive victories, while remaining one of only two sides be undefeated after five games following the October Merseyside Derby draw with rival Liverpool.
The Toffees’ form and the demonstration that they could compete with players like champions Jurgen Klopp saw claims emerge suggesting Carlo Ancelotti could secure Everton. back to the Champions League, something the Blues haven’t achieved since David Moyes’s team appeared on the 2005/06 edition from the competition.
Will Everton qualify for Europe this season?
Yes, the Champions League
Yes, but only in the Europa League
No, they will miss Europe again
However, since scoring a point at the Merseyside Derby, Everton have endured what Palmer describes as a “disappointing” losing streak. four of his last five Premier League matches to leave Ancelotti’s men eighth in the table.
“They came out of the blocks quickly, didn’t they? They started very, very fast. I mean they are seventh [eighth] at the table and they had a stutter, ”Palmer told Football FanCast. “Players have to adapt to the way Ancelotti wants them to play. And they have to adapt to the type of football they want to play.
But where do you realistically think Everton is going to end up? I don’t see them finishing in the top five. So they are not too far from where they will be at the end of the season. I think we’re a bit disappointed that they were off the blocks as they were, I don’t see them ending up higher than where they are now. [7th at time of interview], if they end there.
“They have had disappointing results. But, as I say, I didn’t expect they started as well as they did. “
Only Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United have taken less points (nil) in the five Premier League games played since Liverpool’s trip to Goodison Park last month, with Ancelotti’s Everton and Dean Smith’s Aston Villa managing just one win to four losses.
The contrasting fortunes of Wolverhampton Wanderers (11 points), Southampton (10 points) and West Ham United (10 points) in the same period has seen all three teams move ahead of Everton in the standings, while the leader of the Tottenham Hotspur league has opened a five-point margin to the Blues.
Everton’s form will be a major setback to their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League or Europa League at the end of the campaign, but as Palmer suggests, they have endured this stutter and remain just one point behind West Ham, fifth classified.
And in other news, Carlo Ancelotti must get ruthless and end the 14-year association with Everton.