Speaking at the club’s AGM on Tuesday night, Everton director of football Marcel Brands dropped a solid hint at where the club’s next transfer business could be, as per The Athletic’s Greg O’Keeffe.
Well, the Dutchman was speaking about how the squad has changed during his time in the role – he was appointed at the end of the 2017/18 season – and picked out a position he sees as a potential weakness after current manager Carlo Ancelotti arrived and changed the formation to 4-4-2 – Marco Silva preferred 4-2-3-1 previously.
According to O’Keeffe of The Athletic, Brands said: “The new manager has changed the system to 442 and so we have more options in the middle and maybe a little less on the right side. We’re always looking for new players but have to be careful and think about the numbers.”
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While the likes of Bernard, Richarlison and Alex Iwobi are able to play on the right if required, they are more suited to playing on the left – or in the case of Richarlison and Iwobi maybe even through the middle given the former’s performance up front this term and the latter suggesting his strongest position is as a No.10.
That leaves Theo Walcott as the only natural senior option to play on that flank, and even he has largely flattered to deceive this term with no goals and two assists in 19 appearances in all competitions.
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The Toffees then look to need some extra quality on the right flank, and that is perhaps why Ancelotti experimented with using Djibril Sidibe as a right wing-back in some matches recently – it wasn’t a decision that really paid off, however.
The other issue the Merseyside outfit have if they want to strengthen the right flank either this month or in the summer is money – they announced record losses of £111.8m for year to June 2019 at the AGM, although they insist that they remain compliant with FFP.
Despite that, you would think that a loan addition would me more likely in the short-term.