Football managers tend to take centre-stage when clubs bring in new players, but now, the figures above them are also getting a lot of attention.
Everton took time to get their transfer window up and running following the appointment of Marco Silva as Sam Allardyce’s replacement.
The club eventually made a move by recruiting Richarlison for an eye-watering fee of around £40m, according to The Guardian.
Lucas Digne shortly followed from Barcelona, but it was not until the final few days of the window when the club sprung into action.
Midfielder Andre Gomes, winger Bernard and defenders Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma were all secured.
Director of football Marcel Brands took on the role at Goodison Park in May, replacing Steve Walsh.
Last year, Everton splashed the cash on a handful of players, but the plan did not work as the club came close to a relegation battle.
Brands was under pressure to have a more beneficial window, and even though time will tell, some Everton fans have been left satisfied with the job that he has done so far.