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Micah Richards has brutally ripped apart Everton’s recruitment in the past five years. The former Manchester City star insisted whoever has sanctioned their deals has ‘serious questions to answer’ after their recent slump in form.
The Toffees have sensationally spent more than Real Madrid and Bayern over the past five years, having splurged £500m on 44 players.
But the club have gone backwards and currently sit in 14th place in the Premier League following some woeful results.
Marcel Brands, who came to Everton in 2018 with a burgeoning reputation after bringing through a number of star players at PSV, is the club’s sporting director and believed to play a crucial role in identifying players.
The Dutchman came under scrutiny midweek when a fan confronted him in the aftermath of their 4-1 defeat against Liverpool.
Brands is not the only senior figure to come under criticism with Rafa Benitez and club chief Farhad Moshiri also copping blame for their underwhelming season so far.
Things have got so bad at Everton that fans are even planning a five-minute walk out protest for their game against Arsenal on Monday.
According to The Athletic, fans are unhappy with the perceived lack of communication by majority shareholder Moshiri during difficult periods of form and will walk out on 27 minutes of the match.
The time has been picked as it is 27 years since Everton’s last trophy – the 1995 FA Cup.
Richards has been perplexed by the decision-making at boardroom level and called out three expensive flops as he highlighted their errors in the transfer market.
Writing in his Daily Mail column, he said: “The more I look at the numbers, the less I understand. Everton have invested £500million in five years on 44 players. It should have taken them forwards but they are going backwards.
“Their net spend in that period of £213m dwarfs superpowers such as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. In the Premier League, only the Manchester clubs have a bigger transfer deficit.
“I simply cannot fathom how so much can be invested and for a team to be no better than they were before.
“Whoever has sanctioned these deals — such as £27m on Davy Klaassen, £35m on Alex Iwobi and £45m on Gylfi Sigurdsson — has serious questions to answer.”
He added: “They used to make smart signings like Joleon, who cost £5m from Wolves, or Seamus Coleman, who at £60,000 is one of the best value for money transfers you will ever see. Unfortunately, they have got themselves into a horrible mess, one that has led fans to talk about the prospect of relegation.
“Everton won’t go down — but it’s going to be a long road back.”
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