Everton’s Premier League ambitions will likely bring another big-money transfer window, but who should they target?
When you spend a record amount of money in an attempt to challenge for the Champions League places but end up with a squad that suits Sam Allardyce, it is safe to say that things did not go to plan.
That is the situation Everton found themselves in this season and, should Allardyce leave this summer, it will take similar spending to rectify things.
The current squad is an uneasy mix of inexperience and players winding down their careers – two things that the current boss can work with, requiring both discipline and players he can mould into his style. But a new coach, one who suits Everton’s plans, will require a different set of players.
That is not to say that everything is ruined, far from it, and instead, this summer will need to see an influx of the ‘right’ players. Everton need footballers approaching their prime who have the know-how to handle ambition.
Signing Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun is a start, but it will take much more than that.
It is time for Everton to flex their financial muscle over the higher ends of foreign leagues. After all, you are not going to build a top-six side out of players from teams below you.
Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane are both players with real potential but neither know what it takes to drive a team towards the top. The huge investment in Yannick Bolasie and Gylfi Sigurdsson can work, but not if you are expecting two players who have only succeeded at the bottom to run games at the top.
Why not try to take advantage of situations like in Sevilla? Everton have the money and it is a club struggling to make things work properly, leaving proven players like Steven N’Zonzi and Wissam Ben Yedder to look elsewhere.
Both men would be a consirable improvement on the options currently available at Goodison Park and Everton can flex their financial muscle in the right direction with some forward thinking.
The Toffees want to be a big club – now is the chance to go out there and prove it.