While Everton’s recruitment this summer doesn’t look particularly inspired with the benefit of hindsight. Despite spending over £140 million on a raft of new signings, The Toffees find themselves in the Premier League relegation zone and without a manager.
Nonetheless, at least Everton managed to bring the majority of their top targets to Goodison Park – which certainly was not the case in the summer of 2016. The Merseyside giants were knocked back in their chase for a whole host of big-name players – including Porto winger Yacine Brahimi.
The Mirror reported that Everton saw a then-club-record bid of £33.6 million rejected by the Portuguese side on transfer deadline day. Porto, the report added, were hoping that a bigger offer would arrive from local rivals Liverpool.
Over a year on, Brahimi is still a Porto player but Everton are now crying out for a player with his speed, creativity and goal threat from out wide. Those are three key attributes a toothless Toffees side have badly lacked in a disastrous start to the 2017/18 campaign.
Everything Everton need
Though with respected journalist Guillem Balague stating on Twitter that Everton have identified Brahimi’s former Porto manager Nuno Espirito Santo as a possible replacement for Ronald Koeman, could a deal be revived in January?
Well, possibly not. Nuno may have worked with Brahimi at Porto last season but that does not mean player and manager see eye to eye. Brahimi started just 16 Primeira Liga games last season but has reverted to being the club’s key man once more since Nuno was replaced by Sergio Conceição, scoring four times and creating three goals in 10 games.
"Now I have a manager [Conceição] that gives me confidence, not the other way around like last year," Brahimi said in quotes reported by Goal after being announced as Porto’s Player of the Year.
Brahimi is exactly the kind of player Everton need. But if Nuno is appointed at Goodison Park, The Toffees can wave goodbye to any hopes they may have had of reviving a deal.