Journalist Greg O’Keeffe has admitted that key Everton figure Kevin Thelwell deserves the benefit of the doubt when it comes to transfers.
As things stand, Everton are heading into what is their most important game of the season this weekend inside the bottom three with no new players handed to Frank Lampard.
The last transfer window was Thelwell’s first working with Lampard and appeared to deliver some solid additions, although that hasn’t transpired into positive results on the pitch as of yet.
Despite playing a big role in Everton’s summer recruitment which has led them to a spot in the bottom three, O’Keeffe has defended Thelwell on the All Together Now podcast.
He said: “I probably am inclined to say give Kevin Thelwell the benefit of the doubt in this situation. I think it’s all from Everton’s lack of flexibility and resource to do any of the deals he’s probably highlighted.
“So it is a case of, I think, relying on loans with an obligation to buy and I think that is only going to push you back in the window.”
TIF Thoughts on Everton’s transfer window…
If Everton are going to have a fighting chance of staying in the Premier League they simply need reinforcements as their top scorer is Demarai Gray, who’s managed to find the back of the net three times, while their most creative player to have started more than two league games is Dwight McNeil, managing a measly 0.34 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes (FBref).
Therefore, we think Thelwell simply has to work his magic and bring in at least one good striker to either replace or compete with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a creative spark to help muster up more chances per game.
Everton have been linked with attacking players recently with the likes of Arnaut Danjuma and Ben Brereton Diaz tipped for a move to Goodison Park, but with the former playing European football and the latter becoming a free agent in the summer and will have a choice of many more clubs it may be difficult to land them this month.