After raiding the backroom staff and the manager away from the DW Stadium now Everton have started what was always going to be a likely swoop for some of Wigan’s players from last season.
Roberto Martinez was always set to bring some players with him but he has now taken three men who helped him win the FA Cup for The Lactics last season.
Arouna Kone arrived for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £6.5 million on Monday and on Tuesday it was the turn of Antolin Alcaraz and Joel Robles to sign on the dotted line at Goodison Park.
Alcaraz has arrived on a free transfer after his contract was mutually terminated at Wigan this summer and the Paraguayan international has signed a two-year deal.
Robles arrives on an undisclosed fee from Atletico Madrid for five years.
But are these the Wigan players Everton fans wanted to come through the entrance door?
Kone for instance certainly had a good start to last season. But his form can be ropey and at the apparent price the Toffees have paid he is a very expensive acquisition for what he actually brings to the club.
At 29-years-old he is hardly in his prime and I find it hard to see him scoring more than the 13 he did last campaign. With money tight at Everton you wonder if splashing out on a forward is sensible.
Alcaraz seems a decent signing. At 30-years-old and an experienced international he adds excellent defensive cover at a bargain price of, well, nothing.
Then there is Robles.
A Spanish Under-21 international he seems to have many of the characteristics most talented Spaniards have.
He is as good on the ball as he is with it in his hands although can get caught out when he tries to be too nonchalant between the sticks (Gareth Bale anybody?).
However he proved by usurping Ali Al-Habsi and putting in an excellent performance in the FA Cup final that there is plenty of potential. With Jan Mucha leaving and Tim Howard’s form under scrutiny this actually seems an astute signature; even if Robles may give us Evertonian’s the odd palpitation I am sure.
But they are not the players I am sure we wanted to see. Callum McManaman, James McCarthy, James McArthur and Shaun Maloney were the more, for want of a better word, sexy signings that the club wanted to see coming into the club.
But instead Martinez has gone with the more pragmatic approach and while I am not sure about Kone’s price-tag all three players should add something to the Everton squad.
And it is only the 10th July; we might just see one of the Mc’s coming through the door yet.
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