Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands hopes the club will soon be able to move away from signing several players each summer, and instead focus on signing the two or three exceptional additions that will make a significant impact, as told to the club’s official website.
This summer saw Brands complete deals for seven new players, with Jonas Lossl the first to put pen to paper on Merseyside following his release by Huddersfield Town. Andre Gomes later completed a permanent move from FC Barcelona, and is now joined at Goodison Park by Fabian Delph, Djibril Sidibe, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi.
Brands was busy signing checks last year, too, with Richarlison, Bernard, Yerry Mina, and Lucas Digne acquired permanently, alongside loan deals for Gomes and Kurt Zouma – with the French centre-back a player the club hoped would be staying around for longer, as well.
It will likely take time before the change to a quiet summer comes into force, but Brands is optimistic that the high turn over of players will soon be a thing of the past, having also said goodbye to around 20 names since his arrival from PSV Eindhoven.
“My goal for the long-term is to bring this club to a situation, like the top clubs, where you do two or three deals,” Brands said. “Two or three new players, maybe two or three players out – that should give the Club more stability.
“But the situation is like it is, and I am very happy with the players who came in. It was a very busy and exciting summer until the last day, and I am happy with how we finished.”
Everton fans have been reacting on social media to the Blues chief’s optimistic comments, but not every Toffees supporter expects to see a realistic change any time soon.
Here’s what these fans have shared…