Everton can make Spurs regret their transfer inactivity
Top six clubs tend to flex their financial muscle in transfer windows, reinforcing squads and consolidating power. This window differed. Everton signed several top-class players while Tottenham Hotspur became the only team to add no one since the window was introduced in 2003. This could have a devastating impact on the status quo of the English top flight.
Mauricio Pochettino's side is young, arguably yet to peak. Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Serge Aurier and even peripheral players Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son are yet to turn 27. That obviously bodes well for the North London side in regards to player improvement.
However, is Kane really expected to exceed 30 goals a season? It is unreasonable to think the same squad can display enough growth to claw back the 23-point deficit they had to first place in 2017/18.
The Lilywhites have too many players returning from the World Cup. Their opening game versus Newcastle United revealed the negative effect a short turnover can have on a top club. Kane and Dier especially looked off the boil. The latter had to be replaced by Mousa Dembele, himself unfit to start. Spurs miss the injury-prone Victor Wanyama.
They're light at both ends of the pitch. Aside from Son, is there adequate attacking cover with Erik Lamela injured? Toby Alderweireld's absence hurts the defence. Idle in the window, Tottenham did not made provisions to start the season with a largely unrested squad. All their rivals made upgrades and filled gaps. Not Spurs.
Last season, Everton faced criticism for poor away performances, failing to invest wisely and leaking goals. This summer's signings righted last year's wrongs and showed ambition. Heavy investment has gone, unfortunately for Michael Keane, into the defence. Marcel Brands raided Barcelona and Chelsea for World Cup star Yerry Mina, fullback Lucas Digne and centre-half Kurt Zouma, three talented, athletic players.
Everton resolved their lack of firepower, too. Lauded Brazilian winger Bernard comes in from Shakhtar Donetsk on a free transfer alongside up and coming star Richarlison. The latter scored a brace on his competitive debut for the Toffees. Another ex-Barcelona man, Andre Gomes, intrigues as well. Despite a forgettable two seasons at the Nou Camp, the Portuguese star has the talent to flourish in the Premier League.
With a host of exciting players, Everton are raring to go with their new manager. An era of spending with performance to match seems to have arrived at last for the Toffees. Under Ronald Koeman, they were touted to challenge for a top-six place. A backbreaking early fixture list that featured most of the top clubs put them so far behind, Koeman was sacked. Sam Allardyce's Draconian measures brought them back up the table, albeit in ugly fashion. Now, Brand's eye for talent and Silva's tactical nous may achieve the goal.
Backed at a respectable 7/2 to break the top six, Everton may be the team to make Spurs pay for their inactivity.