Rafa Benitez has urged all departments to improve by five to 10 per cent as Everton should be in a ‘much’ better place than they are with the cash they have spent, via the Daily Mail.

The Toffees have fluttered more than £500m on transfers since Farhad Moshiri first bought shares in the Premier League outfit. But have only ended each complete season since 2016 in seventh, eight (twice), 12th and 10th-place in the table.

Everton enter the weekend again in eighth after their strong start under Benitez began to fade in September. The Spaniard oversaw three wins and a draw in his first four games at Goodison Park, but has only won one of the following four to two defeats and a stalemate.

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Benitez calls for Everton improvements

Everton could claim their first win of October at home to Watford on Saturday afternoon. The Hornets visit Merseyside chasing a first win under Claudio Ranieri and only a second in their last eight matches. Succumbing to five defeats and a draw, only beating Norwich City.

Benitez wants to see Everton show improvements across all areas of the club to move up the Premier League table. But the Blues boss accepts the main area to show results is on the pitch and what the players produce.

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“We have a lot of people pushing and doing things right,” Benitez said. “The main thing will be the players. I am not stupid. It depends on the players what we do on the pitch. Then the rest of the people around will follow.

“I want to be sure every player understands what it means to play for this club and go on the pitch in front of the fans and give everything. They are doing that. I am happy with that, and I think the fans also appreciate the effort of the players.

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“But it has to be the same in each department. When you see the money spent, the club has to be in a much better position. You have to compete against all the other teams. I will be the first to make mistakes, but I have experience and I want to win. How can we win? By improving five per cent or 10 per cent in each department.”

Have Everton underperformed during Moshiri’s tenure?

Everton will feel they have underperformed during Moshiri’s tenure as owner at Goodison Park, like Benitez suggests. Especially in the past two seasons under Marco Silva and then Carlo Ancelotti, before the Italian left for Real Madrid.

Moshiri would have wanted Everton to show gains from their back-to-back eight-places but fell back into the bottom-half instead. Benitez then arrived and operated on a shoestring transfer budget, and returned the desired results at first. Now, he needs to maintain them and believes urging all corners of the club to improve is seemingly the way he needs to go.