TalkSport pundit Danny Murphy has been speaking about Everton and their transfer policy so far this window.
The Toffees have been rather quiet so far this window, with the recent signing of Andros Townsend their only arrival of the summer thus far, whilst the other names that they are reportedly close to signing, namely Demarai Gray and Asmir Begovic, won’t be costing too much, with the only fee set to be paid is that for Gray at a reported €2m (£1.5m).
However, speaking about the matter on TalkSport, Murphy didn’t seem too concerned that the club haven’t gone out and bought any big-name players or spent a lot of money at this stage, insisting that new head coach Rafael Benitez wouldn’t have taken the job if there wasn’t some proper investment that came with it:
“It’s hard to judge their transfer business now, when, just because they might bring in one or two frees or cheap signings to bolster the squad, they might still go out and spend on a couple. And he’s got a lot of dough, hasn’t he, the owner, and he is ambitious, he’s backed his managers before.”
“As I said previously when Rafa, who I think is a great appointment, I think he would have gone in there with the promise of a decent treasure chest. I can’t see him having to rely on freebies, you know, the odd £1.5m and a free from Palace.”
TIF Thoughts on Danny Murphy’s comments about Everton and their transfer spending…
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Benitez has not been the Toffees hotseat too long, so it is likely that there are still some bigger deals in the works that perhaps just haven’t had the time to come to fruition.
And given the financial situation they find themselves in right now, they’re hardly going to turn into Manchester City overnight, plus as Murphy points out, the owner hasn’t been scared to fund big transfer windows in the past.
So we should perhaps wait to see what Everton and Benitez have got up their sleeve before we start making assumptions on how the rest of the window – which still has six weeks to run – is going to go for the Toffees.