By Sam Stone

26th May, 2022 | 8:10pm

Gary Neville blasts Everton's January decision to sell Lucas Digne to Aston Villa

Gary Neville has dubbed the decision to sell Lucas Digne in January as a “shocker” from Everton whilst talking on the Overlap Live fan debate.

Everton sold the defender to Premier League rivals Aston Villa for £27million in January.

The decision was made by Rafael Benítez just days before he was sacked by the Toffees.

Talking on the Overlap Live fan debate on Wednesday [25 May] [quoted by Birmingham Live], Neville said: “That was a shocker.

“Selling him [Digne], then sacking Benitez.”

Neville added: “That just told you how bad it was, they sold Digne and basically three days later, they sacked their manager and got rid of one of your best players.”

Spot on

Neville is completely right in brandishing the Digne situation a “shocker” but it is hardly a surprise given Everton’s recent history in transfer windows.

Everton did receive a good fee for Digne, however, they needed to assess the position they found themselves in at the time of selling the defender.

Having a player of Digne’s quality would’ve eased the Toffee’s relegation fears a bit earlier than the dramatic 3-2 win over Crystal Palace in the penultimate game of the season.

Everton sacking Benitez a matter of hours after selling Digne is a great example of the car crash decisions that have been made at Goodison in recent years.

With Frank Lampard in charge and a change of recruitment mooted, hopefully, a scenario such as this won’t occur again at Goodison Park.

It is time for the Toffees to recruit smartly by looking for value and youth.

The days of throwing millions at underperforming and over-paid players need to end.

In other Everton news, Jeff Stelling was interrupted by a Sky Sports pundit who wanted to make a point about Evertonians on Sky Sports News.

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