Michael Ball piles pressure on Everton in 'huge' summer view
Michael Ball has insisted that Everton have a “huge” summer transfer window ahead of them as Frank Lampard looks to mould the squad to his image.
The Blues will remain a Premier League side next campaign having secured survival in their penultimate game against Crystal Palace.
To avoid any relegation scares next season, Ball has urged the Toffees to learn from previous mistakes and move as quickly as possible for their targets.
“Everton have got a huge job to do in the summer, an absolutely massive one,” he wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
He added: “Moving forward over the summer I think what supporters really want to see is, for any new signing, you want them now – you don’t want to see them at the end of pre-season.
“Everton have done this summer after summer after summer, bringing in players too late who then can’t start the season as well. Frank Lampard will want the players he wants but they also have to tick the boxes for the club. They have got to be willing to improve themselves, they have got to fit into the Everton DNA.”
“It is going to be difficult. Last year we finished tenth but everyone around us bought better players.”
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All of the hard work has been done this season after the players fought tooth and nail to stay in the Premier League but this is where it tends to get tricky.
It is all okay battling on the pitch but off the pitch and in the boardroom is where the problems stem from.
The recruitment at Goodison Park has been nothing short of a disgrace over the last several years and if Lampard has any hopes of making the Blues somewhat successful again – they need to learn from their catalogue of mistakes.
They need to be targeting young, hungry talents that are desperate to prove themselves and that fit into a system – no more massive names with huge egos coming in with a list of demands.
It is Kevin Thelwell’s first window to show what he has got as director of football and it is really exciting to see what he and Lampard will have in store as the club looks to embark on a new journey – hopefully, they don’t disappoint.
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