This summer, fans were told to expect a revolution at Goodison Park. The financial injection by Farhad Moshiri and the overall change in direction of their transfer policy had people very excited. Names with some pedigree arrived; the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Kean and Sandro Ramirez all came through the door for an outlay far exceeding €100m.
However, the sale of all-time Premier League top scorer Romelu Lukaku raised eyebrows. The lack of a replacement furrowed brows.
With the return of Wayne Rooney and the investment in Davy Klaassen, there’s a fear that the club has bought too many players of a similar style but not enough of another. There’s a lack of pace, penetration in between and ambition in front of goal. They now have four, perhaps five if you include the cast-aside Ross Barkley, who can play in the ‘10’ role. All come with a lack of pace, a lack of movement in behind, and while each are renowned for being good goal scorers prior to arriving at Goodison, do not look capable of scoring in the present system.
Fans are beginning to question Dutch tactician Ronald Koeman, unsure if he’s helped or hindered the side. From what looked to be a deeply ambitious window to now looking like a case of paying what they could for who they could get that were ‘names’, it feels like Everton have a team that does not work well together.
With no pace or movement from their glut of attacking midfielders and most other positons in desperate need of improvement and fresh impetus, the ‘summer revolution’ now looks like a false dawn.
With just 17 goals scored so far, and facing roughly 1 shot more per game than they manage offensively, it looks like a wholesale shift might be required or Koeman could find himself wishing he’d never moved on from Southampton.