Micah Richards has questioned the quality of transfers Everton have made since Farhad Moshiri purchased the Goodison Park side in 2016, while writing in his Daily Mail column.
Moshiri first bought a 49.9% stake in Everton five-years ago, before increasing his holding in 2018 with further investment planned. The Blues have since broken their transfer record twice with a £50m deal for Richarlison and £45m on Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Everton also spent over £20m on a host of players, like: Alex Iwobi, Yerry Mina, Yannick Bolasie, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Moise Kean, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Morgan Schneiderlin, Davy Klaassen, Andre Gomes, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Ben Godfrey and Allan.
But Richards questions to what extent Moshiri’s investment and Everton’s transfers have actually improved the club. Noting that their biggest arrivals were a declining Wayne Rooney and James Rodriguez, who only stayed for a year.
“They have spent more than £500m on players (with a net spend of over £210m), trying to break into the top-four under owner Farhad Moshiri,” Richards wrote. “But the biggest names they have landed remain Wayne Rooney and James Rodriguez.
“With the greatest respect to them, the Rooney they got in 2017 was not the Rooney at the peak of his powers and Rodriguez was not the golden boy he was at the 2014 World Cup.
“Everton have found it difficult to get that one player who will be the magnet for others who are approaching their peak years, the one who can be the catalyst for change.”
Is Richards right to question Everton transfer record under Moshiri?
Everton have certainly had their fair share of expensive misses in the transfer market, like Richards says, under Moshiri’s ownership. Iwobi has never managed to find a key role at Goodison since his £34m move from Arsenal in 2019.
Bolasie – who joined for £25m in 2016 – also only made 32 appearances before leaving as a free agent this summer. While Klaassen, a £23.5m signing in 2017, left after 12-months for £12m after playing 16 times, starting just 10.
Richarlison has been a hit, however, with 43 goals and 11 assists in 123 appearances for the club so far. The Brazilian also boats a market value exceeding his cost, with Ian McGarry touting a £70m asking price this summer.
Amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain as they targeted Kylian Mbappe’s replacement, per Eurosport. And Real Madrid, as Carlo Ancelotti sought to reunite with the forward from their productive spell together, per Goal.