LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 23:  Jordan Pickford of Everton celebrates after the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 23, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Stay or Go? Deciding Which Players Everton Should Keep and Offload This Summer

Everton went into the 2017/18 season off the back of a record transfer spend of £150m. The summer window had bred immense optimism amongst fans who believed Ronald Koeman could conduct a genuine top-four challenge.


It soon became clear that the summer investment had provided Koeman with an unbalanced squad, as the early season optimism soon gave way to total despair and a likely relegation scrap. Koeman left, Sam Allardyce came in and the day was saved.


The Goodison Park club have another huge window ahead of them - made no easier by disruption caused by this summer's World Cup - and with Allardyce out the door, Everton's incoming manager must balance fans expectations with the obvious need to strengthen in defence.


Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has indicated his willingness to invest this summer, but to allow for new signings, players must sure depart first. Here we look at who could make the final cut at Everton ahead of next season...

1. Goalkeepers

Jordan Pickford - STAY - Everton's player of the season has excelled since his £30m move from Sunderland last summer, also establishing himself as England's No.1 - the club would be wise to build their squad around the young keeper.


Joel Robles - STAY - The Spanish stopper offers good cover for Pickford, however Everton will do well to persuade the stopper to stay on in such a capacity with his contract expiring this summer. Getafe amongst others have expressed an interest in signing the 27-year-old.


Maarten Stekelenburg - STAY -  The former Dutch international has been out injured for the majority of the campaign, however the 35-year-old would offer a steady pair of hands if called upon and would be content not to be a regular starter.

2. Full Backs

Leighton Baines - STAY -  Remains the only left-back of note, Everton must look to reinforce his position, but despite his recent decline, the 33-year-old remains an important member of the first team squad.


Luke Garbutt - GO - A promising young player under Martinez, however his development has stalled and despite Everton deciding against sending the 24-year-old out on loan this season, Garbutt has managed only three appearances.


Seamus Coleman - STAY - The right-back struggled throughout much of the campaign with injury, but returned to much adoration, he is loved by fans and teammates and will undoubtably start next season as first choice.  


Jonjoe Kenny - STAY - The youngster filled the Coleman shaped void at right-back admirably in the first half of the season and Everton will hope he can continue his development at Goodison Park.


Cuco Martina - GO - A favourite of Ronald Koeman, however the 28-year-old Dutchman will struggle to find a realistic route into the first team and should look to move on.

3. Centre Backs

Michael Keane - STAY - The defender struggled through last year's campaign with a recurring foot injury, and has found it hard to adapt to life in the Everton defence. Towards the end of the campaign however, the 25-year-old showed glimpses of the quality the Toffees hope he has. Remains key to Everton's future.


Eliaquim Mangala* - GO - The Frenchman played a total of 134 minutes for Everton since signing on loan from Manchester City in January, before being struck down with injury. Chances of Everton making the deal permanent seem extremely unlikely.


Ramiro Funes Mori - STAY - A knee injury kept the Argentine sidelined for much of the campaign - playing only 118 minutes of first-team football. The 27-year-old will hope that his injury problems are in the past and will aim to rediscover the kind of form that saw him figure regularly for the Toffees throughout the 15/16 and 16/17 campaigns.


Ashley Williams - GO - Looks a shadow of the player that he once was at Swansea, with the 33-year-old culpable for a plethora of defensive mistakes last campaign. Needs to be moved on in the summer.


Mason Holgate - STAY - Has been deployed in the unfamiliar right-back position for much of the season and has looked out of his depth. At 21-years-old the defender has plenty of scope for improvement and offers bundles of pace whilst also being able to hold his own with the Premier League's most physical strikers.


Phil Jagielka - STAY - At 35 years old, Jagielka is coming to the end of his long Everton career and although the club will seek to find a replacement, his influence within the dressing room cannot be underestimated.

4. Centre Midfielders

Morgan Schneiderlin - GO - The Frenchman has come under fire from his own fans since his £22m move from Old Trafford and does not appear to be happy with life on Merseyside - recently talked up a potential return to France.


Idrissa Gueye - STAY - The Senegalese international is another key figure in this Everton side, with his value demonstrated in his signing of a long-term contract extension in February - registered more tackles last season than N'Golo Kante.  


Tom Davies - STAY - The 19-year-old clocked up 43 appearances for Everton last season, developing into an integral part of the Everton side. The midfielder can look raw at times but has bundles of promise.


James McCarthy - GO - The midfielder has hopes of returning from his double-leg fracture suffered in January before the start of next season, however he is unlikely to return in an Everton shirt as another summer of change looks to take hold - Crystal Palace have emerged as potential suitors.


Beni Baningime - STAY - A strong breakthrough season prompted Everton to tie the 19-year-old to a contract extension earlier this month. Will hope to gain a starting birth next season.


Mohamed Besic - STAY - Has lit up the Championship since signing on loan to Tony Pulis' Middlesborough, Besic has looked too good for the division and has been given much of the credit for taking Middlesborough to the playoffs. 

5. Attacking Midfielders

Wayne Rooney - STAY - There has been much speculation linking Rooney to a move to the MLS - an agreement is principally in place, but the Toffees would be mad to let a player of his calibre and experience go.


Nikola Vlasic - STAY - It was a frustrating debut season at the club for the Croatian, with Vlasic limited to just 18 appearances. The 20-year-old could be loaned out next season to gain further experience.


Davy Klaassen - GO - The Dutch international has had a season to forget, with competition for places rife in the number 10 role. Klaasen has failed to nail down a spot in Everton's starting lineup - looks nothing like the player that once contributed 20 goals from midfield for Ajax.


Gylfi Sigurdsson - STAY - Arguably Everton's most gifted player, though the Icelandic midfielder has done little to pay back the £50m that Everton shelled out on him last summer. Injuries have stagnatied his progress, but he will remain a key figure going forward.


Kevin Mirallas - GO - The Belgium winger is not the force he once was and returned to Everton at the end of the season with his tail between his legs following a disastrous loan spell at Greek side Olympiakos.


Theo Walcott - STAY - The winger is unlikely to ever fulfil the potential that saw him travel to the 2006 World Cup as a 17-year-old, but he has found his level at Everton becoming a mainstay in the side since his departure from Arsenal.


Yannick Bolasie - STAY - Unplayable at his best but his performances remain inconsistent, regularly going missing in games. If he gets past his habit of overcomplicating the straightforward, Everton will have a devastating player on their hands.

6. Forwards

Cenk Tosun - STAY - The Turkish international was signed off the back off a prolific run of goal scoring form at Besiktas and the striker has proved a handy signing since his January move, scoring five goals.


Dominic Calvert-Lewin - STAY - The 21-year-old made 44 appearances Everton before his season was cut short in April due to injury. Arguably Everton's most promising youngster, the forward provided 8 goals and 7 assists last season. 


Oumar Niasse - GO - Having previously found game time under Koeman near impossible to come by, the striker impressed after seizing his chance, scoring 12 goals. It might be worthwhile keeping the Senegalese striker on as a deputy, however he does appear expendable.


Ademola Lookman - STAY - The youngster has proved a revelation in Germany after forcing a January loan move to RB Leipzig. The winger has scored seven times for the Bundesliga  outfit which has led to pleas for him to remain at the club.


Sandro Ramirez - GO - The promising Spanish forward seemingly represented an exciting signing last summer, however the 22-year-old never got going at Goodison Park - made just 15 appearances before returning to Spain on loan in January. 


Shani Tarashaj - GO - Signed by Everton in 2016, Martinez had promised that the club had completed a major coup signing up the youngster. The 23-year-old's development has stagnated however, and after a number of unsuccessful loan spells, it seems the right time to move on.