Everton survival in Premier League clash with Bournemouth could be worth £100m
£100million could be at stake when Everton face Bournemouth in their Premier League finale on Sunday (28 May), according to the Mirror.
The Toffees are in a precarious position heading into the showdown, sitting 17th and only two points above Leicester City and Leeds United.
The Mirror’s report calculates the fixture to be worth an eye-watering £100m to Everton if they can secure survival.
EFL chairman Mike Parry has previously described the gap between the Premier League and the Championship as “unbridgeable” and the huge figure adds pressure to Everton and their hopes of survival.
To make matters worse, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Nathan Patterson – both of whom sustained hamstring injuries last time out against Wolves – have not trained in the early stages of the week and are huge doubts to face the Cherries this weekend.
Survival crucial with changes afoot
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Much of the focus surrounding Everton this week is the news that MSP Sports Capital are set to acquire a 25 per cent stake in the club.
The US entity is ready to have a hands-on approach in terms of player recruitment and providing capital for the completion of Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Which is why the stakes for Sean Dyche and his men could hardly be higher against Bournemouth.
No club ever wants to suffer the ignominy of relegation but Everton’s situation is particularly precarious, and a series of poor boardroom decisions has led them to this stage.
But if they want to get the club trending in the right direction once more, then Dyche and his team need to put in one last big effort against the Cherries this weekend.
Admittedly, that situation becomes even more difficult with Calvert-Lewin and Patterson adding to an injury list that already includes the likes of Seamus Coleman and Vitaliy Mykolenko.