By Jack Cunningham

23rd Nov, 2021 | 4:10pm

Everton Fan Mailbag: Why do the Toffees buy older players?

Every week we’ll be asking Everton fans on our Twitter account for questions that will be answered by Goodison News correspondent Jack Cunningham. You can join in by following the Goodison News Twitter account and watching out for weekly mailbag posts.

Everton have a lot of players injured and are on a bad run of form in the Premier League.

Something has to change, and perhaps handing some of the Toffees’ youth players a chance might be the best place to start.

Rafael Benitez has been left in a tricky situation by years of transfer mistakes from Marcel Brands and Farhad Moshiri, but he could still play some of the younger players to try and add some energy into this Everton team.

With that in mind, we asked for your burning questions about all things Everton-related for Goodison News correspondent Jack Cunningham to answer. One Toffees fan wanted to know why his club buy older players and don’t focus on youth development.

Thanks for the question, Arthur.

This is a tricky one because the Toffees have in the past bought younger players with potential.

Recent examples include Moise Kean, Richarlison, and Ben Godfrey.

However, in the summer, they signed three players who are approaching the end or the latter stages of their career in Asmir Begovic, Salomon Rondon, and Andros Townsend [transfermarkt].

They also signed Demarai Gray, who is a lot younger than the others but can’t really be classed as a young player, given that he is 25.

In the past, Everton have tended to sign older and more experienced players like James Rodriguez and Allan.

So, they have struggled to find a balance with transfers, and many of the players they have signed have failed to deliver and have then left for nothing or very little.

Yannick Bolasie springs to mind here or Davy Klaassen perhaps, so I understand your frustrations, Arthur and I am sure many other Evertonians feel the exact same.

The club have made too many transfer mistakes to count, and Benitez is suffering because of it [Daily Mail].

Of course, he could play Lewis Dobbin or Ellis Simms, but he mustn’t feel as if they are ready yet, which is a shame, but you also don’t want to destroy their confidence by throwing them into a losing team.

Ultimately, Everton haven’t been good enough in the transfer market for a long time, and they are really feeling the impact of that now.

In other Everton news, Leroy Rosenior has had a go at Allan after the defeat to Manchester City.

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