Marcel Brands doesn’t want to take risks with young Everton trio.
Everton brought in several players this summer to revamp their squad but that certainly wasn’t all they did once Sam Allardyce had the left the club.
The real change was in the background and the dugout – Marcel Brands arrived from PSV Eindhoven as Director of Football, while Marco Silva became the new manager at Goodison Park.
The duo have already made a big impact at Everton with some of their singings; Richarlison, Lucas Digne, and Andre Gomes have proven to be what the Toffees have wanted for years.
The transfer success will naturally spark excitement for the January window, particularly for the next area the fans want to see improvement: up front.
But Brands has dismissed signing a ’20 goal forward’ while acknowledging the demand for one – although he has a very good reason.
“I think we have a good squad and I am aware that the fans are asking if we can find a new striker who can score 20 goals,” Brands told the Liverpool Echo, before explaining his reason for ignoring the demand.
“I think we are a very, very lucky club in England that we have three players with great potential who are just 21-years-old,” he said. “We have Dominic [Calvert-Lewin], we have Richarlison and we have Ademola [Lookman].
“And if I bring in a new player, a huge striker or a name, should I destroy one of them? It is also my goal to protect those boys. Everyone agrees with me that they have great potential and a great future.”
It would be something of a gamble for Brands to bank on three young players like that but there’s no doubt that it could pay off massively in the long run.
Should all three fulfil their potential, Everton would be left with an outstanding front line – they’d be very well off if just two made it to their peak.
Finding a 20-goal striker is difficult for absolutely everyone, Chelsea spent over £60m on Alvaro Morata 18 months ago but still weren’t fortunate enough to get one.
So perhaps Brands is taking the safer option – it’s certainly an option that could end up giving Everton one of their best attacks in a long time, if they have the patience and fortune.