Host of the All Together Now Everton Podcast Tony Scott has expressed his dissatisfaction with the club’s recruitment over the past few years.
While speaking on the podcast, Scott detailed his frustrations at the club’s failure to sign an adequate replacement for their ageing right-back, Seamus Coleman.
Coleman fractured his leg in 2017, missing almost a year of football. He’ll be turning 33 this October and Scott feels as if the combination of his injury record and age means the defender can’t be trusted upon as the club’s main right-back option.
Speaking on the All Together Now podcast, he explained: “We said [after Ronald Koeman’s arrival], ‘yeah we know that Seamus Coleman needs replacing very, very soon. We know his legs are going, and we know he’s had a bad injury, and we need cover at right-back, definitely’.
“Now, here we are, four years down the line, going into a Premier League season with Seamus Coleman, our first choice right-back. And we know we’re not going to get 30-odd games out of him next season. Everyone knows that.
“How on earth has this happened? Because it’s extremely frustrating, we know the recruitment side of it, etc. But this is just, it’s beyond belief.”
TIF Thoughts on Seamus Coleman and Everton…
While Godfrey has impressed in this role, ahead of last season, it wasn’t really a position he has had much experience in and is perhaps more likely to play most of his football at centre-back if possible.
The club are yet to spend big so far in this window and they certainly haven’t signed anyone to come in and take over from Coleman.
However, Jonjoe Kenny does play in the position and has just returned after spending some time out on loan with Celtic last season. If all else fails, he could at least provide the club with an alternative defensive option.