Anyone who doubted the impact of the arrival of our new majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, only has to look at the current transfer window to realise that the wind of change is blowing through every aspect of Goodison Park.
Koeman's press conference today, in which he has said our current club captain, Phil Jagielka, along with Gerard Deulofeu, can effectively leave the club, is further confirmation that the manager is looking to clear out the remaining 'old guard', as he intends to bring in players or replacements that he considers will bring about further improvement to the current squad.
By June this year, I expect as many as six or seven will have gone, with an influx of U-23 homegrown lads and incoming transfers totally transforming the playing squad.
After nearly 30 years of under-investment and subsequent under-achievement, I welcome change, but can't help feel a little sorry for the likes of Jagielka who has given incredible service for nearly 10 years, but has now reached the end of the road, as he has simply lost the pace and timing required for a top class central defender in the Premier League. Deulofeu, on the other hand, was not given the same playing opportunities as Mirallas and Lennon, and for some reason, Koeman made his mind up very early about his playing chances at Everton; I for one wish him well. As a player, he always made himself available for every kid who wanted a photo, and was the last of the players to leave the car park at Goodison after a match.
I guess we have all moaned for so long about the lack of drive and ambition at Everton, that when it does happen, it takes a bit of getting used to...
The next 12 months will see further seismic change both on and off the pitch at Everton. Hold on to your hats!
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