Everton’s January plans revealed
Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands has been talking about the January transfer window this week and has revealed what his intentions are.
The Toffees are having a very up and down season in their first campaign under Marco Silva.
They went through a very good spell not too long ago but have since fallen out of form.
However, they bounced back from their poor run by beating Burnley 5-1 on Wednesday.
A plethora of their summer signings were pivotal in the result too.
Lucas Digne scored two goals, Yerry Mina scored one and Richarlison scored the fifth.
With the January window just days away, everyone is planning out their moves including Everton.
Now, Marcel Brands has given an insight into their plans to add players or lack thereof.
No plans to add to their squad?
The Dutch director of football has revealed that the club are not actively looking to buy anyone, nor do they really want to sell anyone.
“The goal is not to look for new players in this January window,” he explained to the Liverpool Echo.
Not only that, the club isn’t looking to get rid of any players too, bar Mason Holgate and Kieran Dowell who will leave on loan.
“For the rest, we are not looking to offload players. We have a squad of 27 still and so if those boys [Holgate & Dowell] go, we have 25.
“But if really serious things happen (offers) then we have to look at what we have to do consider if we sell or not.
“But it is not a goal to sell, it’s not a goal to bring in new players in the January window.”
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Protecting the future of their young stars
There’s one player Everton are lacking and that is a top quality centre-forward.
The club have Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse in that position but none are capable of being that 20-goal a season striker Romelu Lukaku was at Goodison.
That has left fans praying for a new one in January but Marcel Brands has suggested they won’t bring one in.
That is because he doesn’t want to stunt the growth of Everton’s young forwards.
“I think we are a very, very lucky club in England that we have three players with great potential who are just 21-years-old – we have Dominic, we have Richarlison and we have Ademola.
“And if I bring in a new player, a huge striker or a name, should I destroy one of them?
“It is also my goal to protect those boys. Everyone agrees with me that they have great potential and a great future.”
“Ok, they need some time and we have to give them time and confidence for the future to show that potential and, for me, it will hurt me if we destroyed those talents because everyone is jealous of those type of talents.”