Former West Ham United defender Tony Gale has claimed that Everton need to spend £200m in this summer’s transfer window in order to break into the top six in the Premier League.
Monday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United moved Everton into eighth position, but they are eight points off seventh-placed Burnley, and 12 behind sixth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
The Toffees spent big last summer when Ronald Koeman was at the helm, but the Dutchman was sacked following a disappointing start to the campaign.
Current boss Sam Allardyce is said to be under intense pressure at Goodison Park, with a number of Everton supporters unhappy with the former England boss.
Pundit Gale, however, has claimed that Allardyce ‘can’t do any more’ at Everton as things stand, with the Merseyside outfit needing to spend £200m in this summer’s transfer window in order to move into top six in the Premier League next season.
Gale told Premier League Daily:
“To progress in the league next season, it’s only Burnley higher than them currently who they could get above because the other six are a given. To make that jump into the top six, you’re talking about £200m of investment.
“The recruitment is key in the summer to how they want to play. For now, he’s done the job they’ve asked him to do, kept them in the Premier League and he can’t do any more.”
Everton, who spent big last summer but also sold Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, will finish the 2017-18 Premier League campaign with fixtures against Huddersfield Town, Southampton and West Ham United.