Date: 28th May 2021 at 1:35pm
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David Hughes has been speaking on the latest edition of the Royal Blue podcast about transfer policy.

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To kick off this quiz on Seamus Coleman, what squad number does the right-back currently wear for the Toffees?

The Toffees signed the likes of Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and James Rodriguez in the last summer transfer window – all experienced players at the peak of their career.

However, Hughes wonders if Marcel Brands wants to sign players who will help Everton in the long term and is being restricted by the powers that be to allow Carlo Ancelotti to sign the big-name players that he knows can do a job for a season.

He said: “I’m just not sure whether giving Ancelotti a load of money and saying, ‘you bring in the players you want, forget anything more long-term’, is the right idea.

“And I wonder, what’s Brands doing? Because Brands clearly is this guy who has this more long-term thing and I am starting to think is he kind of just being a bit restricted in what he can do?

“Are his hands tied a little bit because Moshiri invests the money, but he likes to be involved. So he probably wants to be involved, wants to bring in those big names, wants Ancelotti to bring in those big names with a reputation.”

Would you like to see Everton sign younger players?

Yes, that would be good

Yes, that would be good

No, the current policy works

No, the current policy works

TIF Thoughts on Brands and Ancelotti…

This certainly seems like a fair suggestion, the Toffees’ signings from last summer proved.

However, you have to say that it didn’t really work, and apart from a few players, this is quite an old Everton squad that might need revamping.

It will be interesting to see what sort of profile of players Everton try to sign this summer as Farhad Moshiri wants to deliver Champions League football, and finishing tenth is nowhere near good enough for a club with those ambitions.

So perhaps a change in transfer strategy is needed.

In other news: ‘Someone they would be interested in’ – Pundit reveals Everton’s transfer stance on ‘talent’