Everton’s season looks set to fade out in mid-table mediocrity, following the news that influential midfielder Mikel Arteta will be out for the foreseeable future with a hamstring tear of the grade two persuasion. The Spanish schemer sustained the injury just ten minutes into his side’s 1-1 draw with Birmingham this week, forcing David Moyes to make an early change.
Arteta will join a number of key players who are currently filling the physio’s room at the club, Phil Neville, Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini all currently out of action with their respective injuries. Any team would miss having four players of that quality at their disposal, but with the modest size of Moyes’ squad it will hit Everton even harder and the latest football odds reflect this.
It looks as though the Toffees have done enough to avoid an end of season relegation dog-fight but anything is possible in this league this year. That said, it would be a real shock if Everton dropped down the league in the final months. The European places look to be all but gone and this season will be one that the Goodison faithful would be happy to see the back of sooner rather than later.
Moyes will spend the majority of the rest of the season trying to put things in place for Everton to mount a vastly improved effort during the next campaign. The club have never recovered from their tortoise like start to this season, and it was always going to be an uphill battle to salvage anything from it.