As those of you that religiously read the weekly loan recaps know, Everton have enough fringe players to make up a decent Championship-level squad. Those players will become the focus of the club’s transfer activity once the summer window opens in twenty days, and manager Marco Silva knows his squad building for next season is contingent on their departures.
Speaking ahead of the Toffees’ weekend trip to London to take on Crystal Palace, the manager was asked if he thought he would be receiving a transfer kitty this summer despite all the players inflating the squad’s wage bill.
“I think yes.
“The ambition you have as a football club, you have the funds to do that because we want to be better next season. When you want to be better next season, we are able to do that. It’s my ambition but more it is the ambition of the club, it is the ambition of the people that are behind me and support us at the football club.
“Ok, we have a big number of players with contracts with us and we have to look at this situation. If you can do something before we sign (players) it will be very good for us. We are talking about business and money which is not my daily concern, but of course your vision is right because we have a big number of players and we have to do something with them, see who will be the important players to come back or not and after try to do something with them on the market.”
Silva has only been at Finch Farm for one season along with Director of Football Marcel Brands, but the pair has done some shrewd business in the two transfer windows so far, and the fans will be expecting more of the same this summer.
“It’s really tough. Not just the next season, even the season before.
“We realise the number of players we have under current contract, the wages and everything we must do. It’s up to us to keep doing the right things. I’m 100 per cent sure that what we did in the last market was really good for us. It was tough, in some moments not as fast as we wanted but it was really good. It is our goal and our aim to do the same in the next market because our goal is to improve our squad.”
Does he feel Everton will have to sell first to buy, or is he expecting Farhad Moshiri and the Board to come up with the funds nevertheless?
“OK, we have a big number of players with contracts with us and we have to look at this situation.
“If you can do something (sell) before we sign (players) it will be very good for us. We are talking about business and money which is not my daily concern but we have a big number of players and we have to do something with them, try to do something with them on the market.”
Everton squad management has been utterly awful throughout the last couple of regimes, and it will take more than one season for Brands and Silva to correct the mistakes made in the past, but they have certainly taken big strides in the right direction. If the club can continue to support them by ensuring Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma’s loan deals are made permanent, and a couple of other world-class placers get signed, the Blues will be in much better shape to try again to break into the top six.