The Liverpool Echo’s head of sport David Prentice has claimed that he does not expect much transfer action from the Toffees this month.
During the summer transfer window, the Goodison Park outfit sank £67.38m on incoming players as they sealed the arrival of six new faces (per Transfermarkt).
Five of those players arrived on permanent transfers, with fees paid for four while James Rodriguez arrived on a free transfer and Robin Olsen arrived on loan.
The most expensive deal which Carlo Ancelotti’s side agreed to during the summer was the £24.75m arrival of Ben Godfrey from Championship club Norwich City.
In a recent episode of the Liverpool Echo’s Royal Blue: The Everton FC Podcast, Prentice aired his belief that it is unlikely there will be any further additions this month.
When asked if he expects there to be any signings this month, he said: “No, not at all. I think [Marcel Brands] made that quite clear [during the AGM].
“He said that January’s not a market that we’ve operated in much over the last couple of years, I think [Jarrad] Branthwaite, he said, was the only guy they’ve brought in during that time.
“Even the players that we have brought in, in January in the past have all been pretty underwhelming, to be honest. Theo Walcott’s possibly the only one that you could say was a relative success.
“What did he describe it as? A really weird transfer window because of the pandemic. I don’t think they’d be wanting to spend any more money because of the financial uncertainty surrounding football at the moment.
“It’s been a very, very resolute and steady building process so far by Carlo Ancelotti and by Marcel Brands and I don’t see them changing that right now.
“So, no, I wouldn’t expect much at all.”
TIF Thoughts on what David Prentice said about the transfer window…
As can be seen in what the Liverpool Echo’s head of sport had to say, he clearly believes that it is not a good time for Everton to sign players and that is a feeling shared by the club.
Do Everton need to sign any new players this month?
No, it's not necessary
Yes, it is essential
With Everton currently challenging at the top end of the Premier League table (per BBC), it seems that the current squad is performing to a good enough standard.
However, there does seem to be a slight hole in Ancelotti’s first-team squad as there is no natural right-winger at his disposal, although as many as seven players can fill in there (per Transfermarkt).
So, it does seem that waiting until the summer transfer window for more additions could be the most sensible plan for the Merseyside outfit.