As the majority of us will know, Everton haven’t been afraid to put their hands in their pockets in recent windows.
The Toffees have splashed huge sums on the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Yerry Mina, Jordan Pickford, Richarlison and others, but have very little to show for their investments.
With the positive-thinking managerial mind of Marco Silva, a man who always looks to play on the front foot, and a wealth of talent at his disposal, you would at the very least expect Everton to be pushing hard for a trophy or be in with a shot at Europe.
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But no. The Merseysiders are currently sat in ninth place, crashed out of the FA Cup in embarrassing fashion to Championship side Millwall, and also exited the Carabao Cup early on having lost to Southampton on penalties.
Whilst all of the aforesaid is the Toffees’ disappointment written in black and white, a recent table constructed by Daniel Storey highlights clearly just how underwhelming they have been.
Just for the ‘why not do it in rank order’ Ultras. pic.twitter.com/OQ0Z134ICD
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) April 16, 2019
The graphic demonstrates that, out of all 20 Premier League teams, Everton rank sixth for ‘highest combined transfer fees of 10 most regular starters this season’.
Whilst that in itself isn’t out of the ordinary given how much the Toffees have spent on their side – as previously mentioned – their league position amongst those around them in Storey’s table make for damning reading.
Everton find themselves amongst the Premier League’s ‘Top Six’ – they’re even ahead of 3rd-placed Tottenham – which is a hard-hitting indictment on just how much they are underperforming given the amount of cash they’ve spent.
Whilst their spending hasn’t necessarily been awful, with young players such as Lucas Digne, Richarlison and Jordan Pickford signed under Marcel Brand’s new vision for the club, those players currently aren’t pulling their weight at Goodison Park.
They obviously have bags of potential, but they must do better in the immediate future.