The last two weeks have been frenzied at L4 with plenty going out, and up to four coming in. Without wishing to become too optimistic, I'm feeling a lot better about my club than I did three months ago.
I honestly don't know how the appointment of Silva as our new manager will turn out; he still has a lot to do to convince people, but I have to say, I am quietly impressed about how our new Director of Football has gone about his business.
He has had an incredibly difficult job to do in a limited amount of time. Getting shut of probably seven players by the time 5pm comes around on Thursday night is no mean feat, but he has managed to achieve it. I may be a tad conservative with seven, it may well be in excess of that figure... who knows?
What we haven't seen is any banner headlines in the tabloids, 'Everton Clearout'... just a steely determination to get rid of the deadwood who have been stealing a living from the club for some time. Instructing four of them to train with the Under-23s last week was probably the clearest hint yet they had no future at this club.
The players he has brought in are simply younger and better (and hopefully) hungrier than what we had, although I do feel a little sympathy for Vlasic and Bolaise who always displayed the right attitude at least, even if their ability was brought into question.
What Brands and Silva have done very quickly is to bring more balance to the squad (any more No 10s, anyone?), and identify those areas which needed addressing as a priority – left-back, centre-back, creative midfielder, more pace in attack.
However, we won't remedy the awful squad decisions by Koeman and Walsh in just one transfer window, and I hope fans give the new players in the team time to gel, as some of them won't have played a competitive game together.
There I go again, 'the player's need time', God forbid us.
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1 Posted 10/08/2018 at 01:09:09
Brands and Silva have obviously put a huge amount of effort into addressing the weaknesses and identifying the deadwood. Full marks to them and also to Moshiri for facilitating the cash.
We now have cover at LB, CB (and hopefully) a playmaker in midfield and, at last, some pace in the side.
Maybe still at little short in out and out goal scorers and only one experienced backup goalkeeper but, hey, I think this transfer window exceeded all our expectations!
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