Analysis of Everton’s bloated squad, incoherent youth policy & a wage bill the size of Tottenham’s

Everton & Marco Silva

Writing in the Times on Tuesday, Oliver Kay has looked into what’s going wrong for Marco Silva at Everton.

Is Silva’s job on the line at Goodison Park?

Many Everton fans are calling for the Portuguese’s head following last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at home to Wolves.

The Toffees have only won once in their last six Premier League home games. They also have six defeats in their last nine league games. That’s simply unacceptable.

Everton’s wages vs Tottenham

Everton have invested huge sums of money in recent years.

Indeed, as revealed in the Times, Everton’s wage bill is on a par with Tottenham:

Everton’s wage bill rose from £104.6 million in 2016-17 to £145.5 million last season, which is likely to be similar to the figure in Tottenham Hotspur’s annual report when it is submitted to Companies House.

Everton’s figure for 2017-18 is understood to include pay-offs for Koeman, Allardyce and Walsh, but that, too, reflects poor decision-making.

For the record, Everton are ninth in the league on 33 points.

Spurs are third in the division on 57 points.

Everton’s bloated squad & incoherent youth policy

Oliver Kay has argued that Everton’s recruitment policy in recent years has been reckless.

While the club have spent huge sums, most of their big signings have failed to deliver.

Moreover, while Silva has used some of Everton’s youth players this season, the argument is made that Everton lack a clear policy when it comes to blooding their academy players:

(Everton have ended) up with a squad that looks far better on paper than it is proving on grass.

Sigurdsson and Richarlison have been the most expensive, arriving for £40 million apiece from Swansea City and Watford respectively, but their contributions have been sporadic. Walcott’s, since his £20 million arrival from Arsenal in January last year, has barely even been that.

Silva has shown a pleasing willingness to pick younger players such as Jonjoe Kenny, Davies, Lookman and Calvert-Lewin… but it remains to be seen whether Silva will stick with them against Manchester City.

Man City & Watford

Everton are back in Premier League action on Wednesday night when they host Man City.

Following that match, the Toffees head to Watford next weekend in the league.

Will Silva be fired if he loses these next two matches?

Also see: Bristol City fan filmed evading stewards to punch Swansea City supporters.

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