When you’ve got the money, the temptation is to spend, spend and spend some more until your heart’s content. Though the cynics and the anti-oligarchs may argue otherwise, however, money does not guarantee you success in football.
And reports in Portuguese newspaper Record that Everton are considering splurging £31 million on Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho in January perhaps indicates a worrying trend taking place at Goodison Park.
The Toffees spent around £140 million in the summer in an attempt to break in to the Champions League places for the first time since 2004 but, after just eight Premier League games, that dream looks over already. Instead, Everton are just two points of the relegation zone and also staring a group-stage Europa League exit in the face after picking up one point from three fixtures.
And, on the face of it, signing a genuinely high class midfielder, one who has plenty of Champions League experience and who was a major part in Portugal’s Euro 2016 winning team, makes perfect sense.
Money doesn't solve everything
Carvalho would, on paper, improve Everton’s starting XI.
Though The Toffees should be acutely aware that they cannot afford to start throwing money at a problem to make it disappear. Central midfield is arguably the strongest area of Everton’s squad and, with reinforcements needed at both full-back positions, centre-half, centre-forward and out wide, Carvalho would be a statement signing but not a player Everton need.
Consider this; Manchester United spent over £500 million on transfers between Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 and Jose Mourinho’s first season in 2016. In that time, they finished seventh, fourth and fifth.
Big money signings are no replacement for good quality coaching, as Mourinho is proving this season. Therefore, Everton should think about their long-term plans before they get the chequebook out again.