Having been hailed as ‘winning the transfer window’ and ‘making Liverpool fans heads fall off’ in the summer, Evertonians were in high spirit heading into 2017/18. A raft of new signings, including the return of homegrown star Wayne Rooney, meant many fans felt super positive heading into the season. Names like Sandro Ramirez, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford and Nikola Vlasic had a lot of fans in high spirits.
Quickly, though, the season has fallen into utter disrepute. The failure to grab a good forward has left the club with a raft of number tens, no width and very little in the way of any dynamism. All three of their major signings – Sigurdsson, Rooney and Dutchman Davy Klaassen – have majorly struggled to make a positive impact on the season. In fact, between the three of them they have 6 goals and 1 assist – all from Rooney, bar the assist, which came in a home defeat to Lyon by Sigurdsson.
The complete lack of quality up front the statuesque nature of their play and the sheer bereft nature of both their pace and their ability to stay in games has seen the season fall away rapidly. In fact, the most fight the Toffees have shown in recent weeks came when much-maligned Ashley Williams created a rather embarrassing fracas with the Lyon team, smashing into the goalkeeper before losing his head.
A fan even tried to launch a punch at a Lyon player – while holding his infant son!
The club is in a major bad way, and it just goes to show that money means nothing. Koeman is in major trouble, with no wins in 5 and no discernible style of play nearly 18 months into his tenure. At over £20m to release the Dutchman from his contract, according to reports, and a raft of signings that nobody wants to take any credit/flak for, it looks like the ‘summer transfer winners’ are back to reality.
For a club that waited so long to get any kind of financial injection, how do Everton fans feel now? Is the prevailing mood shifting to see that buying players from the clubs they did – Rooney aside, though his quality at his age could and should be questioned – really signify a changing of the guard?
The Barkley debacle, too, has created a cloud over the club that nobody can seem to move on. At the moment, it looks like a season of promise could turn into a relegation scrap. With fans calling for ‘Rhino’ David Unsworth to step up from the reserves, too, the season looks to have hit a rather bleak point. Did anyone expect Everton to do so badly?
Perhaps not this bad, but it now appears that those who found themselves questioning the gleeful Everton fans may have had a point when raising the lack of overall grit in the names being signed. Where next for Everton? And what about Koeman – where does this disaster leave his managerial career?