Everton are yet to make their first splash in the transfer market this summer as they spent a large chunk of time searching for Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement.
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Benitez has inherited Ancelotti’s squad as the Italian brought in the likes of Allan, James Rodriguez and Ben Godfrey last term, so he will need a summer of backing to put his own print on an Everton squad that finished below Leeds United last season.
The Toffees have been linked with some big-money moves this summer, with the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin, Max Aarons and Kalidou Koulibaly all having their names linked with a possible move to Goodison Park.
O’Neill discussed how transfers might happen this summer and how Everton fans should be feeling on the latest episode of Royal Blue.
“I think the whole incoming transfer thing is interesting in many respects, in the sense of what’s Marcel Brands and Rafa’s roles are going to be in the summer recruitment – who’s going to ultimately have the final say?
“Obviously, you suspect that there would have been a lot of planning already in place before Rafa’s arrival in terms of the summer window, so are the club still going to be going down those lines? Or, has Rafa come in now with a kind of list of who he wants and are we reevaluating things?
“So I think in terms of incoming transfers, it’s one of them things where you’re almost waiting with excitement in what’s going to come.”
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Judging by what O’Neill had to say, it remains to be seen whether Brands and Benitez will be a match made in heaven when it comes to transfers, and there still appears to be uncertainty as to how Everton will look to obtain their targets with the season only a matter of weeks away and no arrivals at Goodison Park just yet.
Everton have to get their recruitment right this summer if they are to make a serious push for Europe next season as they fell away too easily last year, when star players such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin picked up injuries – with the Toffees winning just once in the five games he missed.
Benitez prefers a more conservative approach to games, unlike Ancelotti, so the Toffees may target players he has already worked with and trusts, much like he did by bringing Federico Fernandez to Newcastle after working with him at Napoli, just as he has done with the linked Koulibaly.