Ask any Evertonian this summer and they’ll tell you it’s been an exciting one. Even using the word exciting is to undersell what has happened at Goodison Park.
Several big money signings secured, Wayne Rooney brought back to the club and with more transfers expected in the coming weeks means it is a great time to be an Everton fan.
The man behind all of this is Farhad Moshiri, the Blues major shareholder who has transformed the club since his arrival just over a year ago.
His money, ambition and sheer force of will have pushed Everton further forward in the last year than they have managed to move in all the years under Bill Kenwright that preceded his arrival.
In terms of signings, it is manager Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh who have to take the credit. The pair have sat down and laid out a plan of action to turn the squad they inherited from Roberto Martinez into top four challengers and they have executed that plan superbly so far.
Time will tell if they manage to break into that bracket but there is no denying that the work they have done has been impressive, more so the manner in which it has been done.
Nobody has questioned the moves they have made, with total faith having been given to both. Even the return of Wayne Rooney, a player many feel is on the wane, has been greeted with more optimism than pessimism.
That is why the reaction to the news of a move for Gylfi Sigurdsson is so baffling. The trust that has been afforded to Everton’s head honchos appears to have been tossed to one side in an instant.
While £50 million for the Swansea star may be pricey in the extreme it is a representation of the market itself rather than the player.
Koeman and Walsh want him and that means the price is justified. The pair obviously sees something they like in the midfielder and believe he would be a crucial addition to the team they are building.
To question the move for him is to question those two directly and that is something that does not make any sense. Why is there faith in the expensive moves for Pickford, Klaassen and Keane but not here?
Why do fans believe that they know better than Koeman and Walsh, simply because they have had a look at a number of stats on the Internet?
Of course, trust does not have to be absolute and fans are free to query it all they like, but if they are happy to laud the moves done so far this summer then surely the Sigurdsson pursuit should be afforded the same breathing room and level of patience.
Everton’s manager and director of football know what they are doing and Sigurdsson is clearly seen as a key component of the machine. His price tag may be over inflated but that is just a sign of the times.
It’s time to give Koeman and Walsh the faith they deserve, it’s the least they’ve earned that with the business they’ve done at the club already. Let’s not forget how Idrissa Gueye turned out. Absolutely nobody is questioning the logic behind that one these days are they?