David Hughes has been speaking on the latest edition of the Royal Blue podcast about Everton’s managerial hunt.
Carlo Ancelotti decided to leave Goodison Park earlier this week for a return to Real Madrid, and it has left the Toffees suddenly looking for a new boss.
One man who is said to be in talks with the club is Nuno Espirito Santo, however, Hughes doesn’t think he would be a great appointment and believes that if Nuno does come in, the Toffees would need to sign some players with pace.
He said: “I think one big problem Everton have is I think they’ve got that defensive solidity, they could certainly set up the way he set Wolves up, and they’d difficult to bypass because they had a lot of success doing this under Ancelotti.
“But they just haven’t got that pace on the counter at all, and that’s going to be a sticking point. If he does come in, that needs to be a priority in this summer window. You need to buy players who’ve got pace.
“I must admit, I don’t hate the appointment. I’m just not blown away by it, either. I think it could be a steady pair of hands coming in.”
Do you agree with Hughes?
Yes, we need more pace in the team
No, we are fine
TIF Thoughts on Nuno Espirito Santo…
While Espirito Santo was at Wolves, in the two seasons he finished seventh in the Premier League, he had the likes of Adama Traore and Diogo Jota, and Wolves were very efficient on the counter-attack, but Everton don’t really have that pace in their side.
For example, in the 2020/21 campaign, Gylfi Sigurdsson found himself out on the wing, and he is hardly known for his pace, so you can see why this could be a problem.
However, if the Toffees brought Nuno in and signed someone like Wilfried Zaha, who has been linked with an Everton move, that would provide them with some pace.
We think if Everton appoint Nuno, they might have to bring in a few quick players to ensure the Portuguese manager can be successful.