David Hughes has been speaking on the All Together Now podcast about how Everton need signings very badly in certain areas.
The Toffees’ summer transfer business was nothing flashy or lavish – much to the contrast of previous seasons when they had spent huge fees on players that failed to live up to expectations, and that may lead to a different approach in the transfer market by potentially searching for players that have a point to prove like Demarai Gray, or free transfers like Andros Townsend.
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Gray is currently proving to the Premier League and more specifically, Leicester City – who sold him for just £1.8 million in January after he failed to start a single league match for them during the 2020/21 campaign – why he deserves to be in the English top flight, having already scored three goals and got one assist this term.
Over the summer, Everton were linked with players such as Denzel Dumfries and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, highlighting a clear idea of improving the right-back spot, but nobody was brought in, leaving just Seamus Coleman as the sole senior right back, while Jonjoe Kenny has been loaned out the last two seasons, which suggests he may not be good enough for Everton.
Hughes spoke about how and where Everton must improve in January.
“I think you’ve desperately got to plug some holes – the right-back being one, of course, that needs sorting; maybe one or two other positions.
“So my thing would be not necessarily avoiding players who you think would massively improve the team but aren’t necessities, and instead bringing in important cover in key areas – the right-back being the best example of that.”
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With Everton struggling with Financial Fair Play regulations and a new stadium soon to be on the horizon, copying the summer’s model fo buying cheap players, who Rafa Benitez believes he can mould into better players could be the way to go if they are to become a successful side without spending a fortune.
This season, it’s been a balancing act for Benitez at the right-back position as he started the campaign with captain Seamus Coleman there but once he picked up an injury while away with the Republic of Ireland and coupled with his age means he can’t play every single game and that’s led to Ben Godfrey operating there in three league games this season, despite being a natural centre back.