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Lit transfer window, dull season: Everton's story thus far

Tuesday 19th September 2017
Can it get any worse for Everton? I mean just look at their squad, the players they brought in the transfer season and the money spent on them isn't reflected in their recent results. Something is definitely going wrong for The Toffees and their latest drubbing at the hands of Manchester United absolutely proves it.

The latest debacle

Everton travelled to Old Trafford to take on the in-form Manchester United side in a game which saw Wayne Rooney's first visit to his old stomping ground, after joining the Merseyside club in the off-season. Well, talking about the game, the visitors were left open-mouthed when Antonio Valencia fired a thunderous shot from outside the penalty area into the Everton net past a hapless  Jordan Pickford. Then the game went quiet till the 80 minute-mark; United went rampant and scored three goals to put the result beyond any doubt.

Everton did have several decent chances on goal but, call it poor finishing or some good saves by De Gea, either way, they didn't manage to register a score. The result might reflect that United were far more dominant and superior than Everton but that is not the reality. United weren't sharp enough and they lacked pace in their game. They also missed some clear-cut chances. And they did make some silly mistakes on which Everton failed to capitalise. So, this should tell you that how poor Everton were and has been lately.

The squad and the transfer signings

Their squad is capable enough to trouble the top sides in the league. Also, we shouldn't forget that they spent a whopping £100m+ on transfers this summer. They did some fancy business this summer in the transfer market.

They did sell their best goal scorer Romelu Lukaku for a club record fee but, the money acquired in the deal was spent judiciously. Ronald Koeman has got every player he asked for the Goodison Park club to sign. Just have look at some of the star names that he bought in the summer...

Michael Keane from Burnley and the aforementioned Pickford from Sunderland, both were sensational last season with their respective clubs. Davy Klaassen, a midfield gem of Ajax who scored 14 and provided 9 goals last season in the Eredivisie. Then comes Wayne Rooney from Manchester United on a free deal. Do I have to say anything about this move? Next up, Gylfi Sigurdsson, another midfield maestro from Swansea. Well, that's a heck of a list, isn't it?

The existing list also includes some quality players like – Kevin Mirallas, Leighton Baines, Morgan Schneiderlin, Muhamed Besic, Idrissa Gueye and Phil Jagielka to name a few.

The long injury list

Koeman must've thought that his squad is hard done by the injuries. There are five players sidelined due to problems which include – Seamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, James McCarthy, Yannick Bolasie, and Ross Barkley. All of them are key players in their respective positions and Everton are dearly missing them right now.

Are they lacking a proper striker?

Well, they did have an excellent summer in terms of signings but Ronald Koeman was criticised for not signing a proper replacement for Lukaku. Everton needed a target man when their top scorer was sold, and eventually, they failed to bring in an ideal man. It's certainly hurting them now as you can see they've gone four games without scoring a goal.

As explained by one of our writers that failing to replace Lukaku could cost Koeman his job. It's turning out to be true indeed. The pressure is mounting on Koeman. They dropped into the relegation zone after their defeat against Manchester United last weekend. That is not the place you'd want your team in, certainly, not after spending over a £100m.

It's like everything was going their way in the transfer window and now everything is going against them. They have themselves to blame for because they have got a quality squad with decent players and a suitable manager but they still lack the key elements like – team chemistry and leadership which could be decisive in delivering the results.
Zaid Pathan

A huge fan of Peter Drury's bombastic post-goal narration and an ardent football follower since his teens, Zaid believes the beautiful game is the best mode of escape from the daily hustle and bustle. He particularly loves to watch the Premier League and wants English clubs to dominate Europe again.

“Life may or may not be beautiful, but football surely is”

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