Everton Football Club is a proud club with dedicated fans and a rich history.

Unfortunately, since 1995 the club have failed to win silverware and had to endure watching their city rivals enjoy success.

Things aren’t quite as bad as in 1994 when Mike Walker’s Everton escaped the relegation drop on the final day due to a wonder strike by Barry Horne.

Although there hasn’t been much to shout about in recent years, the noughties saw Everton struggle financially and sell some of their major assets like Rooney.

Now there is a new sense of optimism around the Toffees’, this all started in 2016 when Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri brought the majority stake in Everton club, taking responsibility from boyhood fan Bill Kenwright.

This new owner meant that Everton can afford to keep their best players and be serious contenders in the transfer market.

Everton are looking to strengthen their defence and are wanting to bring in Gabriel from Lille. Image Credit: Metro

As the old saying goes “Money can’t buy you happiness” this was the case for the Merseyside team as since the takeover they have seen five managers come and go, after having David Moyes for over 10 years.

Goodison Park and the fans were screaming to the board to show some ambition and sense with their newest manager, Moshiri and Co heard this plea loud and clear and in January 2020 Carlo Ancelotti was appointed.

A man who’s won the Champions League three times, along with domestic league titles in England, Germany, France Italy and Spain it was almost a pinch-me moment for the blues.

Finally, after years of waiting in the shadows, Everton look to have the most potential they’ve had in years, with substantial financial backing and one of the greatest managers to ever live it.

This summer is now a crucial moment in the clubs’ history and one the majority of fans know has to be executed correctly. Many fans have acknowledged that a manager of Ancelotti’s stature won’t stay if he feels the club isn’t being ran right. Added on to this you have Richarlison, a young, exciting player who has shown he has great things ahead of him, whose previously mentioned in an interview that he told Ancelotti he’d give the team another season.

It is clear that this summer is a make or break, the recruitment has to good. The team also need a clear out with financial fair play being a restraint, Everton need to cash in on players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson if they want to recoup some of the money they spent on him.

Everton are currently in the battle to sign Gabriel from Lille, they’re competing with Arsenal and Napoli but the Toffee’s remain favourites with reports saying it’s now down the player to make his choice.

There have been links with Allan, a box to box midfielder from Napoli and Leon Bailey, a pacey and explosive winger from Bayer Leverkusen. If the reports are true it looks like it will be an exciting window for fans.

I often hear the saying “It is the hope that kills you” being passed around by my fellow Everton fans, as every year we look to show more and more promise but fail to live up to expectations.

This year feels different with a manager of world-class pedigree and a rich owner, along with a new stadium on the horizon things are looking good for the blues and fans have every right to be excited.

As an infamous Everton fan once said: “We’re Everton aren’t we?”