It’s all gone a bit wrong for Everton so far this season, hasn’t it?
The Toffees are currently down in 18th place in the Premier League table, despite forking out over £140million on several new additions to their squad over the summer.
Ronald Koeman’s side have lost all of their last four games and conceded 13 times in the provcess against Chelsea, Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester United.
And what’s more, the club have failed to find the back of net since Gylfi Sigurdsson struck from 50 yards against Hajduk Split.
Pricey, leaky at the back and impotent at the front.
Not pleasant at all.
Romelu Lukaku’s £75m sale to Man United coupled with Farhad Moshiri’s financial backing means Everton showed the world they’re more than capable of competing with the top sides in the transfer market.
The club were one of the highest spenders in the Premier League during the transfer window, with only the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, along with Paris Saint-Germain and Milan, spending more than them throughout Europe.
And as Nick Harris of Sporting Intelligence pointed out, Everton – a club currently placed in the relegation zone of the Premier League – has a squad that cost the same as Bayern Munich’s.
Just another statistic to show the sheer ‘madness of English football economics’ during the summer’s ridiculously inflated market, if you ask me.
To be fair, Everton’s opening fixtures have been extremely challenging, having gone up against four of last season’s top six early on.
What’s more, Bayern’s squad – made up of the likes of Arjen Robben, Arturo Vidal and Mats Hummels – has been assembled over a number of years, with only Corentin Tolisso breaking the bank this summer.
Meanwhile, Everton went for a complete overhaul in more-or-less one go by snapping up Sigurdsson (£45m), Michael Keane (£25m), Jordan Pickford (£25m) and Davy Klaassen (£24m), among others.
Still, it seems for the meantime, the club’s current struggles will continue to stand out due to the money they’ve spent recently.
Jose Mourinho (of course) was the latest to comment on Everton’s summer transfer activity , writing in United‘s official matchday programme at the weekend: “We are up against a team that has spent over £140m in the summer that wants to at least secure a top-four position.”
When asked about the comments after the game, Koeman said that Mourinho should be “be realistic, we [the club] need time.”
Unfortunately, ‘time’ is something Premier League managers don’t get too much of.