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Everton’s Transfer Window Review – How Did Koeman Do With All The Money He Had Available?

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

Things are changing quick and fast at Everton after the completion of the last season. After his three disappointing years at Goodison Park, Roberto Martinez was finally shown the exit door from the club and Ronald Koeman took the helm. With the sync of the experience of Koeman and the financial power of owner Farhad Moshiri, Everton were expected to be one of the most active clubs in the transfer window. The lack of quality in the squad Koeman inherited from Martinez was evident but did the Dutch gaffer do enough in the transfer market? Let us make a quick review of how Everton had fared in this record-breaking transfer window.

Ins

Yannick Bolasie – Crystal Palace, £28m

Ashley Williams – Swansea, £12m

Enner Valencia – West Ham, loan

Maarten Stekelenburg – Fulham, undisclosed

Bassala Sambou – Coventry, compensation

Chris Renshaw – Oldham, undisclosed

Idrissa Gueye – Aston Villa, £7.1m

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Sheffield United, £1m

Fees quoted from Sky Sports

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Yannick Bolasie of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on August 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Yannick Bolasie of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on August 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

Outs

Leon Osman, released

Tony Hibbert, released

Tim Howard – Colorado Rapids, free

Steven Pienaar – Sunderland, free

Jordan Thorniley – Sheffield Wednesday, undisclosed

Jindrich Stanek – released

Felipe Mattioni – released

Conor Grant – Ipswich, loan

John Stones – Manchester City, £47.5m

Luke Garbutt – Wigan, loan

Brendan Galloway – West Brom, loan

Ryan Ledson – Oxford Utd, undisclosed

Russell Griffiths – Cheltenham, loan

Shani Tarashaj – Eintracht Frankfurt, loan

Fees quoted from Sky Sports

Everton's English defender John Stones (C) runs between Manchester United's French striker Anthony Martial (L) and Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick (R) during the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Everton and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London on April 23, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALL / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Everton’s English defender John Stones (C) runs between Manchester United’s French striker Anthony Martial (L) and Manchester United’s English midfielder Michael Carrick (R) during the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Everton and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London on April 23, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALL / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)eman

What Everton managed to bring in

Overall, it was a good window for Everton but things could have been much better. First, let us look at the good deals they have done. Getting a quality defender rich with Premier League experience in Ashley Williams for just £12m is a major coup even though he is not the youngest of players. Maarten Stekelenburg, captured from Fulham for a paltry sum was another good move. On the other hand, Idrissa Gueye had shown his quality last season in the Premier League even though Aston Villa faced a drop. The industry and defensive ability of the tenacious midfielder is a massive addition to Everton and the Toffees did not have to spend too much for it.

Making Manchester City pay £47.5m for John Stones proves the resilience of the Merseyside club. However, paying £28m for a player like Bolasie does not make much sense. Everton could have got a much better player for that much fee.

What they still miss

Everton did a decent job this summer but the squad still looks far from complete. There are a few missing links in the team and Koeman will probably react to those in January. The Toffees were looking for Moussa Sissoko until the deadline day and missed on the Frenchman. Everton needed a central midfielder badly who can replace Gareth Barry in the long run but failed to bring it. While Gueye can do the defensive duty, he won’t be able to replicate Barry’s impeccable distribution. A new right-back and probably another central defender should have been on their wishlist but surprisingly they never moved for either of them.

Remarks

As for the summer transfer window, we give Everton six out of ten.

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