Opposition View: ‘Everton will be fighting for survival yet again but we will be a Premier League side next season…’

We caught up with Everton fan Charlie Davies ahead of our Premier League clash

What seems to have been the biggest problem for you over last season and the start of this season?

Charlie: There have been lots of contributing factors to our decline. We have been declining for some time now, but the last few seasons it’s really shown. Injuries have hit hard, losing key players like Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the change in managers and the managers not knowing their strongest 11. We have also spent around £40m this summer window which is terrible for a club of our stature.

On paper your team looks really strong. What are you missing?

Charlie: I think we’re missing a few things in different areas. Such as morale and confidence. We really need a goal scorer. I love Calvert-Lewin but the injuries have hit him hard and he’s not what he used to be. Hopefully our new signing Beto can be that figure we are looking for.

Do you think you will be safe from another relegation battle?

Charlie: I don’t think we will go down due to the fact they’re our three worse teams than us, Luton, Sheffield Utd, Burnley. But yes, I do think it will be a battle we will be dragged into unfortunately.

Is Sean Dyche to blame for the results or is it the owners or players?

Charlie: Dyche came midway last season and out of 18 league games we either drew or won 11 out of those 18 games, while saving us from relegation. However starting this season off with four losses from the opening six games is awful. There are some glimpses of good football in there but we are missing that cutting edge which I believe is to do with our thin squad and lack of experience. I feel you can pin the blame on everyone at the club for the poor results, but I’m happy with Dyche at this moment in time.

What are your thoughts on Dele Ali’s story about his mental health?

Charlie: I was amazed and touched. I did not expect it one bit, and the the whole interview with Gary Neville was eye opening. Ali has received a ton of hate in his career, and was once the best youngster in the Premier League and arguably the world. The interview showed we have no idea what’s happening behind closed doors and the players we watch week in and out have struggles as well. I really hope he’s getting the support he needs and Everton, as a club, are playing its part. I’d love to see him back in an Everton shirt reaching back to his potential.

Goodison Park was the first stadium in England to introduce dugouts for managers, floodlights and under soil heating. There’s so much history there. Are you excited / scared for the move?

Charlie: I absolutely love Goodison Park, it’s a traditional stadium. I love the idea of the club evolving, but after seeing teams like Arsenal and West Ham move grounds and basically lose their soul, I’m very worried about the move. As long as we do it right, it can be fantastic for the club.

What does Nil Satis, Nisi Optimum mean?

Charlie: Nothing but the best is good enough. It was first worn by our chairmen back in the 1930s and it’s been embedded in our club ever since.

Score predictions for your game against West Ham?

Charlie: I love playing back against Moyes, although sometimes we fall short. I Would be happy with a point as you’re on form right now, but these are the teams we need to try and get three points off if we want to avoid the relegation battle.

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