Everton are renowned for their reckless spending and endless signings that have ultimately put the side in no better position since Farhad Moshiri became the owner six years ago, and it seems that he still hasn’t learned his lesson if the latest reports are anything to go by.
According to Spanish news outlet, Sport, Everton are back in the race to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Norberto Neto for a fee of around €14m (£11.8m) if reports are to be believed.
The keeper has been planning to leave the La Liga club for a while now according to the report, and this summer could be the opportunity for the 32-year-old to leave the club, with Everton in strong contention to sign him.
Despite the strong links, Sport do report that it would depend on the Merseyside club’s Premier League status next season, which currently hangs in the balance in the remaining months of the season.
Despite a poor season, Jordan Pickford has always been the number one choice for Everton and for England too, which makes the signing of Neto not viable in terms of the player wanting to leave Barcelona to gain more game time at another club, so yet again it seems that Moshiri is set for a huge blunder in the transfer market.
Furthermore, he was described as a “disaster” on Premier Sports last term after a catastrophic blunder cost his side a goal against Alaves, getting the ball trapped under his feet, only to have the ball stolen away from him and tucked into an empty net.
Thus, it really is a wonder why Moshiri would be interested in signing a ‘keeper who has not only had a serious lack of game time with just 20 appearances in his almost three years playing for the Spanish club but clearly doesn’t hold a good record in his shot-stopping abilities either.
There are so many other areas that require the attention of the transfer powers at Goodison Park, with the defensive set-up being criticised for being “Championship” quality by Jamie Carragher in a scathing review of Everton’s embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Spurs last week.
“This back four is a Championship back four,” the Sky Sports pundit stressed. “There’s absolutely no doubt about this whatsoever.”
With that being said, surely the board, the owner and the manager should be focusing on repairing the obvious issues in defence this season and looking for solutions on signings they can bring in to improve the back four, especially if the side do manage to stay in the Premier League next season.
They cannot afford to have another campaign in the league like the one we have witnessed over the last nine months.