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Exclusive: Michael Ball defends Rafa Benitez’s first signings at Everton helm

Michael Ball insists Everton fans should not be underwhelmed by the club’s transfer business ahead of the new Premier League season.

The Toffees have entered a new era, with Carlo Ancelotti leaving Goodison Park in favour of a return to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Rafa Benitez being named as the Italian’s successor.

New boss Benitez has welcomed three fresh faces to Merseyside, with the trio all arriving within a 24-hour period last month.

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Andros Townsend, who worked under Benitez during their time at Newcastle United, has penned a two-year deal after seeing his Crystal Palace contract expire at the end of June.

Experienced goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is set to provide competition for first choice shot-stopper Jordan Pickford having made 51 appearances for Championship side Bournemouth last term.

Ex-Leicester City winger Demarai Gray has returned to his homeland thanks to a £1.7million switch from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

While Everton have failed to clinch the signing of Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who is Benitez’s top target, Ball believes there is no reason for Toffees fans to be concerned.

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The former Everton left-back exclusively told Football FanCast: “I think there was an inkling of Everton fans seeing the signings as pretty underwhelming.

“We have been spoilt in the past with big names but it’s not just about one player. You need to be compact as a team and have ability all around the squad.

“Rafa has come in, seen where we are pretty weak and where he wants to improve.”

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