When Farhad Moshiri sat down with Bill Kenwright and Marcel Brands a few months ago to speak about Everton’s recruitment, there would have been excitement in their words.
They were looking forward to a summer of Carlo Ancelotti flexing his muscle to strengthen the club’s hopes of Champions League football. However, life is never simple, especially at Goodison Park.
Ancelotti is no longer the manager of Everton after he moved back to Real Madrid in a shock turn of events.
According to reports (via The Daily Mail), Everton’s former manager could return to rob them of their star striker; Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Madrid are apparently keen on signing the Englishman and a bid of £50m may be enough to tempt Moshiri and Brands into selling.
If Everton did go on to lose Calvert-Lewin this summer, it would be a catastrophic blow to the new manager and the club’s supporters.
The forward has come out of nowhere in recent years to become a real shining light at Goodison Park.
Last term ,he became the first player to score over 20 goals in a single season for the Toffees since a certain Romelu Lukaku.
Calvert-Lewin eventually ended the campaign with 21 strikes, form that earned him a place in England’s squad for the ongoing European Championships.
In terms of finding the net, the England striker was untouchable for Everton last term. He was the only player in Ancelotti’s ranks to find the net on double figures in the league as he led the line in dominant fashion.
With that in mind, fans of the club should be running for the hills if he departs. It would leave the Merseyside outfit desperately short in attack and there is no guarantee that a replacement would score as many goals.
When a club like Real Madrid have an interest in a player, it can often be worrying news for supporters of said player’s club and that is exactly the case right now for Everton.
Signed from Sheffield United for just over £1m, the club would be making a hefty profit but the financial gain of securing Champions League football for next term would significantly outweigh that.
Of course, finishing in the top four is an incredibly arduous task for Everton but their best chance of doing that is with Calvert-Lewin in the squad. They simply have to keep him.