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Everton Hoping that New Danish and French Recruits Can Take Them to the Next Level

It’s been a busy summer for Everton Women with several new arrivals joining the Toffees ahead of the 2020-21 WSL season. Chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale is hoping that the extra investment in the playing squad will help the club challenge for trophies this year, and the early signs look extremely promising.

Although Willie Kirk’s first signing of the summer was Bristol City’s Poppy Pattinson, it’s the international recruits which have caught the eye. Prolific French striker Valerie Gauvin is arguably the pick of the bunch with the 24-year old signing a three-year contract with the Merseyside club. Having scored 14 goals in 16 appearances for Montpellier last season, and having represented her country on 31 occasions, her signing can be viewed as a real statement of intent. The club worked hard to finalise the deal, and they’ll be desperately hoping that their endeavour will be repaid by the Sainte-Clotilde-born star.

The club have also snapped up Danish defender Rikke Sevecke, who arrives from FC Fluery 91 in France. Despite her age, the 24-year old has plenty of experience, having made 37 appearances for Brondby, as well as spending time on loan at the University of Northwestern Ohio. She is joined by her fellow countrywoman Nicoline Sorensen who has agreed a two-year deal with the club off the back of winning successive championships with Brondby. Norwegian Moe Wold is another new arrival at Walton Hall Park, and the versatile right-back is likely to bring plenty of experience to the side. She played an unbroken run of 195 games for LSK women back in 2018, and is likely to be one of the first names on the team-sheet next season.

The Toffees made a superb start to the 2019-20 campaign with five wins in their opening seven matches. However, their form dropped off during the festive period, and they went on to pick up just a single victory in 2020. The Everton hierarchy will be hoping that the investment this summer can help them avoid a similar dip next year, and with a bulkier squad at his disposal, Kirk will be expected to improve upon last season’s sixth place finish.

Having endured a nightmare 2018-19 campaign, which saw them pick up just three victories all season, the club appear determined to continue their upward momentum, and the recent arrivals should be able to contribute to some much-improved performances on the field.

With their last major silverware arriving over a decade ago, Everton Women will be hoping to bulk out their trophy cabinet over the coming seasons. It’s a similar situation for the men’s team, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side having struggled in recent years. They ended the 2019-20 Premier League campaign in 12th, their worst finish since 2004, and have been priced up at 11/2 in the ante-post football betting markets to return to the top six next season.

Kirk’s side will be hoping to hit the ground running in mid-August, and having made a blistering start to the 2019-20 campaign, fans will be hoping that the new recruits can make an immediate difference. With plenty of international know-how, and a wealth of top-flight experience to call upon, Everton Women’s squad looks far stronger this time around, and they will be expected to be challenging for a place in the top four next season.

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