Ex-Everton man gives verdict on early signings

Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman has been full of praise for the club for getting their transfer business started early.

Ronald Koeman and the club have made it clear that they intend to push towards the top four over the next few years, and they have certainly shown intent with regards to spending.

With majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri providing the funds, the Merseyside outfit have already splashed more than £50m on new signings.

The club managed to beat their competitors to the signature of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland, while midfielder Davy Klaassen has also arrived at Goodison Park.

On Monday, Everton also strengthened their Under-23s side with the capture of Nathangelo Markelo from Dutch second division team FC Volendam.

The future of Romelu Lukaku remains uncertain, and it will be a big blow if the 25-goal striker moves on to pastures new, but Everton are doing all the right things in terms of incomings.

Osman, who spent 16 years playing for the Toffees, is more than happy with Everton’s transfer activity.

He told BBC 5 Live Sport:

“I’m very excited about [the new signings]. It has been a long time coming waiting for us as a club to have the ammunition to go out and buy the players that the manager wants and not wait until the last minute. We are doing our business early, the manager has identified his targets and it is really great to see.”