Would you take Bolasie, Williams, Gueye for Stones?

, 4 September, 8comments  |  Jump to most recent
So much has been made of Premier League clubs breaking the £1b mark in summer transfer spend this summer, but looking at that number in isolation is a little misleading. Net transfer spend is far more accurate and breaking down per team gives much greater insight.

Analysing the quality of the players and how much they will contribute to the strongest XI a team can field is also telling.

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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 06/09/2016 at 19:22:33
This is such a simple answer. YES. Stones may go on to have a good season with Man City. But I think the players brought in this pre-season have made the squad much better.
Colin Metcalfe
2 Posted 06/09/2016 at 19:42:13
No, I would've kept Stones no matter what! Could've and should've been an Everton great!
Stan Schofield
3 Posted 06/09/2016 at 21:54:05
Ideally I would have kept Stones, and signed Bolasie, Williams and Gueye. Stones could have learned much from RK, plus playing alongside Williams.

But, if I had to choose between keeping Stones, and signing Bolasie, Williams and Gueye, in the present situation and given Stones' recent form and his desire to leave Everton, then I would opt for the three new signings. This solves an immediate problem, and helps build a base for further improvement under the new disciplined regime of a top-class manager.

David Ellis
4 Posted 07/09/2016 at 02:56:04
Yes – given that Stones wanted to leave.

The full article is interesting seeing the net spend table (although it is inaccurate as it does not include the sell-on fee we owed Barnsley on the Stones deal). It rightly says that for example Man City's net spend is so high partly because they failed to move on many of the players that are now surplus to requirements.

A high net spend can also indicate failure to execute sales as opposed to increase in ambition. It also ignores free transfers and understates the impact of players brought in on high wages but low transfer fees relating to age/end of contract/buy out clauses. Context is all.

A comparison of changes in wage bills during the transfer window may be more revealing as a measure of a club's ambition.

Mike Green
5 Posted 07/09/2016 at 06:16:59
Terence Leong
6 Posted 07/09/2016 at 14:33:18
I would have preferred to keep Stones and add the three other players.
It would mean then, that we will be overcrowded with the central defence, now that Holgate is proving himself to be promising. I still think that John Stones will exceed that of Rio Ferdinand; pity that he won't be doing that with us.

However, all that is done and dusted. Here's hoping that Galloway will develop at WBA, Browning to recover and develop, while Holgate and Funes Mori get helped by playing alongside the seasoned pros of Jags and Williams.

Williams and Jags might prove to be a Gough/Weir or Weir/Stubbs pairing, albeit with a lot more pace and mobility!

Ronald Koeman has shown that he's able to change formations on a whim, so I reckon that there will be sufficient opportunities for our defenders to all get some game time.

Anto Byrne
7 Posted 07/09/2016 at 16:38:03
Mason Holgate is a better player and hopefully Davies and Dowell can come on this season. Stones is a good player and time will tell how good he becomes.
Ian Smyth
8 Posted 09/09/2016 at 14:40:08
Still not completely convinced by Stones but he's still young of course, so time to develop. The lads brought in with the money will hopefully proved their worth in good time. If we can get Bolasie in particular to be more consistent then we've got a cracking player in our hands.

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