Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT, Andy Gray has shared the horrible feeling he has about Everton, suggesting that they will lose one or two of their young stars this summer.
Gray said: “The one thing I’d want the new owner to do is to keep the young talents that are already there. I have a horrible feeling that one, possibly two, youngsters will be gone this summer. If that happens it will be a tragedy for Everton. I’d like to think his first job as a shareholder would be to convince these young players that Everton are going for Champions League football, and that they would do well staying there.”
Gray was speaking in the wake of Farad Moshiri buying a large stake in Everton, and the promise that this will bring further investment in the playing squad.
However, these added funds will not prevent players wanting to move away from Goodison Park in search of silverware, with the likes of John Stones, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku all held in extremely high regard.
The trio will be wanted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs in the next few years, and Gray has admitted that he is worried one, or even two, of the young players will leave the Toffees this summer.
This would deal a major blow to Everton, as there is no chance they will be able to replace these youngsters with equally talented players without breaking the bank.
It will be impossible to replace these players with a trio as young as them as well, meaning the Toffees will be taking a massive backwards step if they sell any of Lukaku, Stones or Barkley.