There’s no indication, just yet, that we will be seeing Marcel Brands vacate his role as Director of Football, but the Liverpool Echo are reporting that we could soon see plans put in place on how we will cope with his eventual departure.
It follows the same thinking that Brands’ former side PSV Eindhoven took, where his choice to leave his native Netherlands for Merseyside left a huge void, and could have easily disrupted their plans for the upcoming summer.
As their former Head of Scouting Staff John de Jong had been an integral part of Brands’ team, though, he initially filled the role on a temporary basis, and was given full control come October after ensuring the Eredivisie side continued on as they were.
The thinking at Finch Farm, now, is that Gretar Steinsson, our Chief European Scout, could replicate what de Jong managed, and could start to be groomed as the long-term successor to Brands.
Despite only joining the club in December from Fleetwood Town, and spending the first few months of the year watching games across the continent, Steinsson is said to have already influenced our plans for the upcoming window extensively, by helping to identify targets that fit the areas of the side which need to be strengthened.
Brands also considers his vast knowledge of the Football League to be a great resource for the Toffees, in order to help identify the emerging talents and the best outfits to send our youth stars to so they can gain valuable experience.
Steinsson’s not only working on players we could bring in, either, as the Liverpool Echo note that the club have been impressed with ideas he has put forward on how we could improve our production line having been praised for the “inception and growth” of Fleetwood’s academy.
Clearly, if the club are plotting out a way to groom Steinsson to become Brands’ long-term successor, we will see the club well taken care of going forward.
Our first chance to see, first hand, what he is capable of will come this summer, too, with how well we deal with the transfer window, where we have already been linked with sensational talents like Ajax duo David Neres and Hakim Ziyech, and now Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Benito Raman, who has scored four goals in his last five games.
We could also see our emerging talents, such as Fraser Hornby and Bassala Sambou, find new homes for the season, as chances with the first-team will be slim should they not secure loan adventures.