View: Everton's recruitment is dire and a much-needed refresh is welcomed
Kevin Thelwell was appointed sporting director at Everton back in February, and sadly for him, the Toffees’ January transfer damage had already been done.
The January signings of Dele Alli for what could be up to £40million and the loan of Anwar El Ghazi are the prime examples of what Everton’s recruitment is at present.
Between both of them, they have mustered eleven appearances this season.
These two transfers are just two of the many high-earning underperforming players Everton have signed in recent years. Something needs to change heading into the preseason, regardless of what League the Toffees find themselves in.
As alluded to by Matt Jones in the Liverpool Echo The Toffees’ “feckless and frantic spending” has ignored the Championship market.
Everton would do well to look at their rivals.
West Ham under David Moyes have unearthed Jarrod Bowen from the EFL and are interested in Keane Lewis-Potter from Hull City.
The Hammers have also found value from lesser Leagues in Europe with Thomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal.
Crystal Palace have picked up Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze from the Championship for less than Everton will eventually pay for bench-warmer Dele Alli if they don’t move him on.
Palace also picked up Marc Guéhi from Chelsea after his superb loan spell at Swansea City.
Finally, Brentford are the best example of smart recruitment in the Premier League.
Ivan Toney, Rico Henry, David Raya, Charlie Goode, Ethan Pinnock, Pontus Jansson, Josh Da silva, Tariqe Fosu-Henry and Shandon Baptiste were all picked up from EFL clubs.
Brentford are on the verge of a top ten finish – Everton need to take notes.
Recruiting players on an upward trajectory is something that is being replicated across the EFL and Everton should start looking towards the Championship this summer.
Brennan Johnson, Keane Lewis-Potter, Gavin Bazunu, Djed Spence and Lewis O’Brien is just a small sample of the talent in the EFL that would come at a fraction of the price Everton paid for Dele Alli and on considerably lower wages.
Time for Thelwell and Lampard to change the way recruitment is handled at Goodison Park.
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