Speaking on the All Together Now podcast, Tony Scott has claimed nobody will question Rafael Benitez in the transfer market.
There was a lot of controversy surrounding Everton and Benitez when he was appointed as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor, with fans showing their anger towards the appointment, but seven games into the Premier League season, they sit in fifth, having only lost once.
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This comes after a tough summer transfer window which saw the Toffees splash out £1.8 million while bringing in five players – with all that money going on Demarai Gray, and he’s been in scintillating form.
However, someone else they continue to be linked with is Sean Longstaff, who Benitez handed his league debut to at Newcastle United, and now Scott would back the Spaniard if he wanted to bring in the Toon midfielder because of how well he did with recruitment over the summer.
Scott was full of praise for Benitez and his decision in the transfer market.
“Going onto Demarai Gray, absolutely fantastic, and this is where now, it buys Benitez time in the transfer market because he could go and sign, I know we’re heavily linked with Longstaff in January, aren’t we, from Newcastle.
“If he signs him, no one’s going to bat an eyelid, nobody. Because you’ve seen what he’s done with [Andros] Townsend and Demarai Gray, been absolutely fantastic signings.”
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In the last few years, the Toffees have spent heavily and wasted a lot of money on big-name signings such as Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean and Davy Klaassen, however, Benitez brought a steady pair of eyes and hands which allowed the Toffees to box smart and cut back on their spending to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
Despite the lack of money being spent, Everton have some of the most in-form players in the Premier League in Andros Townsend, Gray and Abdoulaye Doucoure – with the former two being new recruits, and between them, they have eight goals and seven assists in the Premier League.
Judging by the two wingers Benitez brought in over the summer, it would only be right for fans and the board to back him in the transfer market and not want to just bring in a big-name player like James Rodriguez, because someone like Longstaff could cost very little given he’s out of contract next summer.
And having been linked with a big-money to Manchester United because of his performances under the Spaniard at Newcastle, you would imagine he would love to work under Benitez once again.