Everton are renowned for their transfer disasters with Farhad Moshiri spending over £500m on new signings only for the club to be caught up in the middle of a relegation scrap at the bottom of the table last season.
Therefore, Frank Lampard will be hoping their recent summer business won’t follow the same suit.
Dwight McNeil, Neal Maupay, Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Conor Coady, James Tarkowski, Ruben Vinagre and James Garner have all joined the club over the last few months. They are players the Toffees boss will hope can inspire a much more comfortable finish in the Premier League this season.
Indeed, Everton were linked with numerous players over the transfer window following their troublesome campaign and one player in particular who may well have been a transfer disaster for the club was Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay.
It was reported by talkSPORT last month that Everton had registered their interest in the 25-year-old after it was believed that the player would lose his spot in Erik ten Hag’s side following the arrival of Casemiro.
The £60k-per-week Scottish midfielder has been blasted for his performances in a Man United shirt with sports journalist Hans Mensah Andoh branding him “awful” and club legend Roy Keane claiming he isn’t “good enough” for the Red Devils.
Luckily, nothing further materialised and the Toffees completed a deal to reunite with Paris Saint-Germain’s Gueye, which is a decision that the powers at Goodison Park will not regret as the talented midfielder is twice the player in the centre of the pitch.
When you compare the two midfielders over last season, Gueye goes clear in both attacking and defensive midfielder attributes. He registered with more goal contributions than McTominay (4 v 2), had a better pass completion rate (93.4% v 85%), won more tackles won (44 v 33), a enjoyed a higher successful pressure rate (28.2% v 26.4%). Furthermore, the new Everton man produced more shot-creating actions per 90 (1.81 v 1.7) over the course of the term.
As a result, in a rare Moshiri masterclass, he sanctioned the right transfer in terms of the talent acquired in midfield. Instead of McTominay, they brought in a player who not only has a better output but would likely have cost Everton a fraction of what Man United would have expected for their talent.
The return of the Senegalese midfielder will surely be warmly welcomed by supporters as the team could certainly use his experience, pass accuracy and ball control in the centre of the pitch. He is yet to make an appearance in the starting line up for Lampard’s side but he will no doubt add a lot of quality to the team.