Everton's William Carvalho interest suggests they've fallen into worrying trend

Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Everton and Lyon at Goodison Park, in Liverpool on October 19, 2017.

The Toffees spent £140m in the summer and could spend another £31m bringing Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho to Goodison Park.

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on September 23, 2017 in Liverpool,...

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.

William Carvalho of Sporting CP in action during the Primeira Liga match between Sporting CP and Porto at Estadio Jose Alvalade on October 1, 2017 in Lisbon, Lisboa.

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.

Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho from Portugal  during the Five Violins Trophy match between Sporting CP and AC Fiorentina at Estadio Jose Alvalade on July 29, 2017 in Lisbon,...

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.

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