Farhad Moshiri must make a huge call over Carlo Ancelotti and decide whether he is willing to back the Italian in the transfer market after Barry Fry claimed that Everton are too inconsistent in their challenge for a regular top-four finish.
While speaking exclusively with Football FanCast, Fry claimed that Everton have set their sights on a consistent challenge for Champions League action. However, Peterborough United’s Director of Football suggested that the Toffees are currently too inconsistent to achieve their goals, despite praising the progress seen since Ancelotti’s arrival.
The Italian has stood at the Goodison Park helm for 48 Premier League games ahead of Monday night’s clash with Crystal Palace, but has won less than 50% of those fixtures and boasts an even goal difference at 64 scored and 64 conceded.
Fry believes that progress is being made on Merseyside, with a 50% win rate this season, but claimed that more needs to be done to disrupt the established order long-term.
“They definitely want to get in the top-four, they want to play in the best competitions in the world, there’s no doubt about that,” he told FFC.
“So does the manager, so when the manager went there a lot of people went ‘why has he gone there, they don’t really have any ambition’, but I think they’ve shown they have with the progress of the new ground and he’s made them a better team.
“They’re a bit inconsistent, I think everybody in the country bar Manchester City is inconsistent, but they’re going to be a powerful club again, I’m sure of that.”
Fry’s comments will surely leave Everton’s owner Moshiri facing a huge call over whether he is willing to back Ancelotti to the hilt this summer, or whether enough funds have already been invested in the playing squad to make the Toffees consistent top-four challengers.
Reports by talkSPORT have suggested that Moshiri is willing to back Ancelotti as the Blues feel they have the right man in charge to maintain a regular challenge at the top of the table, amid the former Napoli head coach’s efforts to be reunited with Kalidou Koulibaly.
However, Football Insider have claimed that Yerry Mina could be on the chopping block at the end of the season, as the Merseysiders strive to raise funds to land a high-ticket centre-back of Koulibaly’s stature.
A deal to sign the Senegal ace is expected to be worth €50m (£42.5m) and could see Everton go toe-to-toe with Bayern Munich and Manchester City, per La Repubblica via Football-Italia, more than double what Everton are expected to make through the sale of Mina.
With doubts over the futures of Moise Kean, Cenk Tosun and Joshua King on Merseyside, Ancelotti will also need to invest in a striker to support Dominic Calvert-Lewin, adding extra millions of pounds to Everton’s likely summer outlay.
With £21m spent on Allan, £20m on Abdoulaye Doucoure and £20m on Ben Godfrey last year, plus the vast millions fluttered under Marco Silva, only time will tell how willing Moshiri will be to reach for the chequebook again this summer.