Everton started the season with ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League. Four months in, it appears they are about to turn to Sam Allardyce in a bid to avoid getting dragged deeper into a relegation dogfight.
And inevitably questions have started being asked of director of football Steve Walsh. Everton spent around £150 million in the summer but very few of the signings made by the club since Walsh arrived in 2016 can be considered a success.
But it’s not just the big-name, big-money signings Walsh should take responsibility for. The former Leicester City scout has also been tasked with bringing some of Europe’s most exciting prospects to Goodison Park – and it appears he has been far more successful in this part of the job description.
So far, Ademola Lookman, Lewis Gibson and Josh Bowler have moved to Goodison Park from Charlton, Newcastle and QPR amid high expectations. But is the best yet to come?
Jewel in the crown
Calciomercato reported earlier this month that Everton had made an enquiry about the availability of the hugely talented Inter Milan youngster Andrea Pinamonti. It is understood that former Toffees manager Ronald Koeman was a big fan but, even though the Dutchman has now departed, Walsh should continue attempting to bring the teenager to Merseyside.
The 18-year-old is one of the most exciting prospects in Italian football and, although he has not yet broken into Inter’s first-team with any regularity, it seems only a matter of time before he gets the chance to confirm his wonderkid status.
Per Calciomercato, Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus have watched Pinamonti in the past while Chelsea have also been heavily linked. But if Walsh can somehow pull off a deal for a striker who has scored at an impressive rate for Italy and Inter’s youth teams, he could prove to be the jewel in Walsh’s crown.