Everton have enjoyed a relatively quiet summer this year, with the arrival of Jermaine Beckford the only high-profile movement in or out of Goodison Park. In light of this, the recent announcement that key midfielder Steven Pienaar will see out the final season of his contract with the Toffees will come as a major boost to the Merseyside outfit.
With the Toffees hoping to ensure that this season is more successful than the one they endured last year, when a dreadful start left the side playing catch up for the rest of the domestic campaign, the announcement that Pienaar will be staying with the squad will provide a massive boost to their football betting prices for a place in Europe.
As Steven Pienaar joins Mikel Arteta in commiting his future to the Toffees, Everton fans will be aware that Chairman Bill Kenwright will need to pull out all the stops if the club is to secure the long term future of his top stars.
With Premier League betting pundits noting that Chelsea have cooled their interest in youngster Jack Rodwell, Everton fans will be aware that this season may be the one in which the team needs to put in a top performance in order to secure the long term future of its best players. The finances generated by European qualification would go a long way towards helping the club continue to look at improving itself both on and off the field, with Everton still looking for adequate funding for their long-awaited stadium.
While Everton’s fans will be enjoying their successful summer so far, many will be hoping that their Merseyside rivals Liverpool collapse and, in the process, help to spur the club on to a bigger and brighter future in which they continue to build on their current potential. (119)