Analysis:- Everton Striking Balance With Purposeful Signings

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Good money spent on notable signings:-

Everton have so far made good strides in order to challenge for Europe next season. At least the owners are giving their all to the amount of money they’re spending. Davy Klaassen for 23.6m Pounds, Jordan Pickford for 30m Pounds are some notables business done.

Further, if they manage to sign Michael Keane which they will, their transfer spending will touch around 100m Pounds. They also have snapped up Nigerian International striker Henry Onyekuru but the player will immediately go out on loan to Anderlecht for a season.

One point that strikes out as an observer is that Lukaku still hasn’t been sold. Obviously, the Belgian won’t play for Toffees anymore but revenue spent so far has been impressive by a team who hasn’t spent much in recent years.

Signings are making squad well-balanced:-

The first significant signing for Everton was Davy Klaassen from Ajax. Remember, Klaassen was the Ajax skipper who played in the Europa League final against Manchester United on 24th May. So, to attract a player of that importance to another club is something very notable. Obviously, the name attraction of the Dutch manager Ronald Koeman would have been pivotal.

Klaassen has played as a central midfielder or a number 8 at Ajax. He can play as an attacking midfielder to further give options to his new club. Everton had Barkley in that sort of role last season but didn’t work out. Maybe a player of a calibre of Klaassen will make that position his own in the coming season.

Signing a goalkeeper has been on Everton’s shortlist since the time Tim Howard retired. The American retired in 2016 and the Toffees struggled to replace him thereafter. Neither of Stekelenburg or Robles were able to stamp their first-choice place at Goodison. So, signing Jordan Pickford from Sunderland was a must.

The amount of money spent on a young goalkeeper was staggering. 30m Pounds on a player who was probably the best of the lot in a relegated Sunderland team is a bit surprising but England U-21 international has high potential. This also showed how desperate Koeman and Everton were to get a deal done for an upgrade goalkeeper. A long-term solution was also playing on the minds.

Snapping up Keane would be icing on the cake:-

Everton are clear favourites to sign Michael Keane from Burnley. A signing worth 25m Pounds is expected to materialise in coming few days. This would be a huge statement just because a club like Manchester United were also after this player. This just amplifies the potential of the England defender.

Everton have struggled defensively last season. Jagielka, 34 is not a long-term option for Koeman and Funes Mori has struggled to adapt the English game. Only Ashley Williams, 32 who came at Goodison last season look like a first-choice centre-back at the club. So, Keane signing will mean a straight start for the Englishman.

Striker hole to be filled by Sandro:-

It is being reported that the Toffees have almost signed striker Sandro Ramirez from Malaga on a 5.2m Pound fee. This means they have resolved the striker hole left by Lukaku. The fact that Sandro can play on either wing clearly states the Spaniard has pace in his armoury. 16 goals and 5 assists last season was a decent return. He may just take time to settle but can have potential to succeed Lukaku.

Conclusion:-

If we take a look at the business done by Everton so far, it is brilliant. They have signed players who will directly break into the playing 11 which goes to show they are up for the challenge.

The midfield trio of Schneiderlin, Gueye and Klaassen can be a force to reckon with. The defenders Williams, Keane, Baines and Coleman with a goalkeeper like Pickford will mean backline is solid. The potential front-line of Bolasie, Sandro and Sigurdsson will be pacy and crafty to deal with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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