By Nick Ware

15th Sep, 2021 | 8:40pm

Journalist ponders 'unthinkable' Everton transfer strategy

Everton may be wise to keep their money in their pocket after Rafa Benitez’s brilliant start to life at Goodison Park, according to Daniel Storey.

The chief football writer of inews has posed an “unthinkable theory” [personal Twitter profile] in his latest article.

He wrote: “What if spending nothing is better than spending plenty (or at least spending for its own sake)? And, more pertinently, what if Everton suit being a financial underdog, chasing high-profile clubs through a deliberately alternative strategy rather than attempting to take them on at their own game?

“Everton are unlikely to ever challenge the Premier League’s richest clubs successfully to recruit the highest-class signings, at least not when they are established names. Instead, they paid over the odds for players in the next class down; some came off, many others didn’t.

“Without vast resources, Everton might have looked to find value at bargain prices, becoming the natural home of players who had something to prove or potential to fulfill.

“Might not buying a clutch of new players help build attributes such as resilience, given the lack of acclimatisation time required?

“These are early days and Rafa Benitez would likely insist that balance is key; he has already expressed hope that Everton might have a little money to spend in January and the squad is not perfect.”

Too soon

It’s surely way too early to be casting these sorts of aspersions over future transfer business.

Everton were fairly quiet in the summer window, only spending £1.7million on Demarai Gray, while the likes of Andros Townsend and Salomon Rondon arrived on free transfers.

It has been widely reported that the Blues have been hampered by FFP which has meant they have been restricted as to the business they could do.

While the likes of Gray and Townsend have shown that money is not everything, one only has to look at the start of last season to see how quickly events can go downhill.

It’s squad depth that has hurt the Blues in recent years, and it could only take a long-term injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Abdoulaye Doucoure or Lucas Digne for things to start unravelling.

Benitez needs backing next summer, if not January, and the club cannot afford to sit still, even if there is progress being made already.

In other Everton news, the Blues have signed this attacker after a seven-figure deal was agreed.

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