Everton’s transfer recruitment down the years has been perplexing, to say the least.
The Toffees have spent considerable sums on new players but haven’t had an awful lot to show for it. In fact, their league finishes since spending big money have been nothing but average.
They’ve not qualified for Europe and were forced into taking a completely different approach after Rafa Benitez penned terms at Goodison Park.
Expecting a wealth of finances, he opened the cheque book for just one player – Demarai Gray – who cost as little as £1.7m. The rest of Everton’s business was built around free transfers.
However, for all of the dodgy incomings, there have been some blunders when it comes to selling players too.
Moise Kean hasn’t left Merseyside permanently yet but his loan exit to Juventus this summer has to raise question marks. He is clearly of good enough quality to play for Everton after scoring 17 times for PSG last term.
Yet, we want to cast your minds back even further to the Marco Silva era.
It’s a time in Everton’s history that supporters won’t want to remember quickly but one of the exits he sanctioned has gone under the radar.
In the summer of 2019, he let full-back Antonee Robinson sign for Wigan after a successful loan spell there and at Bolton. Following his time with the Trotters, Karl Henry described him as “unbelievable,” such was his impact on the club.
What followed was rather incredible. The left-back very nearly joined AC Milan in the January window of 2020 but a move collapsed after problems with his medical.
He subsequently moved to Fulham last summer and was the subject of £10m interest from Wolves in recent months.
Robinson has stayed in the second tier but if Silva hadn’t allowed his departure, Everton now wouldn’t have a huge predicament on their hands.
Benitez is incredibly stretched in full-back areas with Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne the sole senior options in those areas.
The likes of Ben Godfrey, Fabian Delph and Jonjoe Kenny could all fill in up to a point but after loaning out Niels Nkounkou, they are severely restricted on the left.
However, if they had Robinson then it might not only save them millions in the winter market, but it will also have been beneficial for Digne.
Robinson isn’t a bad player either. He showed as much during his first full season in the Premier League with Fulham last campaign.
With that in mind, the former Everton man clearly has a lot in his locker. They should now be reeling from Silva’s bizarre call three years ago.