The transfer deadline has closed for Premier League clubs, and of all the clubs in the English top flight it could well be argued that Everton fans enjoyed the best deadline day of the lot. Signing not one, but three players in the space of 10 minutes saw some top quality players arriving at Goodison Park. Some arrived on permanent deals while others were loans, but in all the Toffees secured the services of the likes of Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes from Barcelona, Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk and by the looks of things Kurt Zouma will be arriving on Merseyside on a loan deal as well. Mina in particular is a real coup for the club, as he was also interesting Man Utd – Everton have done very well.
The moves offer new manager Marco Silva some real options on the pitch this season as well. Having brought through players like Richarlison at Watford last season – another player to have joined the Blues this summer, reuniting with the manager – he now has the infrastructure there to spread some true international experience to the youngsters at the club as well as arguably competing at a higher level than they have been doing in recent seasons. Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has willingly opened his chequebook and splashed the cash, and he seems to have done it wisely. Often, a large squad overhaul requires time for the players to get to know each other and properly gel on the pitch, but new arrivals Mina and Gomes are already familiar from being team-mates at Barcelona.
A new manager in the dugout as well imples that there should be a real sense of the unknown at Goodison Park at the start of the season, but there is also a sense of stability as well – Mina has signed a contract and is officially an Everton player, for example – and will provide competition for the likes of Michael Keane. Leighton Baines could see his position as a starter threatened by the arrival of Lucas Digne (also from Barcelona), too. They have taken any and all measures against running the risk of repeating the poor starts they have endured over the last couple of seasons – one of which wound up costing Ronald Koeman his job early last season. Silva should be granted more time into the campaign to get it right, of course – his status as a new arrival means he will be given some leniency if things don’t click straight from the off.
However, with a bunch of new arrivals joining an already exciting squad you would have to question whether Silva is the right man for the job at all if he can’t improve upon their last couple of season starts. All of the ingredients have been mixed together – if they can get the execution of their plan right then Everton fans may have a jolly time of things this season. Moshiri deserves credit for his willingness to actually invest in the club.
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