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It’s a tough time to be an Everton fan.
Marco Silva’s side have picked up just 14 points from a possible 39 and are 16th in the Premier League table, behind two of the three newly promoted sides.
Everton’s problems might be coming to a head this season, but it’s been an amalgamation of oversights behind the scenes which have been going on since David Moyes left Goodison Park in 2013.
Recruitment has been at the heart of criticism directed towards the club – specifically their scatter gun approach to scouting players and what seems like a desperation to spend money for the sake of it.
Since Moyes moved to Manchester United, Everton have dipped into their coffers to make 37 permanent signings.
But there hasn’t appeared to be any clear transfer strategy from their recruitment team over the last six years, having signed players from 15 different leagues and 23 different nationalities.
It’s not just Everton’s lack of planning in the transfer market either.
There’s a feeling at Goodison Park that those in charge of the club have been overpaying for their new stars.
And while Transfermarkt isn’t the go-to place for finding a player’s value, data shows that Everton have overspent for 29 out of their 37 permanent signings since the summer transfer window in 2013/14.
It’s not good viewing for Everton’s recruitment team when specifically looking at their transfer profits since Moyes’ departure.
At a quick glance, Romelu Lukaku’s £76m move to Manchester United does well to mask most of Everton’s transfer failings – overall they’ve made a £42.3m profit on all players bought and sold since 2013/14.
But for the most, Everton are lucky when they make minor profit on players who had been planned to be long-term investments, like Nikola Vlašić (£4m profit) and Gerard Deulofeu (£5.4m profit).
It has to be noted, however, that sometimes Everton haven’t been helped when players either struggle to adapt early in their career or can’t secure a work permit in England.
In terms of transfers, things have started to move in the right direction since the appointment of former PSV Eindhoven sporting director Marcel Brands – he’s signed some of the manager’s personal targets, as well as being able to secure permanent deals for loanees who impressed on Merseyside.
But with the pressure now piling on Silva, only time will tell if Everton’s backroom staff have what it takes to help the club force their way back into contention for a place in the Premier League’s top seven.