Quantity not quality will always catch you out

Everton have come up short so far this season, but it is not hard to see why the Toffees have come unstuck.

It comes down to the summer transfer window, and what turned out to be poor business.

Everton spent money over the course of the summer, they brought in nine players – only Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea spent more, which shows just how much they invested.

Their latest defeat to Burnley came just a week after they only just managed to beat Bournemouth – and it is not necessarily the results that will frighten Everton fans as much as the manner and performances.

Everton are awful to watch, they are going backwards under Ronald Koeman. Against Burnley we saw five of the summer signings playing – and before we go any further, lets point out – and it is a hugely valid point, Everton have some huge players missing through injury. Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie are huge losses, I would also say Ross Barkley, but lets not forget Koeman has already told him he can leave the club.

But back to Everton as we speak, it is poor, really poor. The last two games have seen him star Oumar Niasse – this is a player that didn’t even have a locker last year – most of the Everton squad had not seen him in action, I asked one current Toffees player about Niasse and he couldn’t tell me anything as he had never seen him player. Niasse was just a few small details away from signing for Crystal Palace on deadline day, and he also held talks with Brighton…but still Koeman has turned to Niasse.

Yes Niasse has turned to Niasse – but had summer signings Wayne Rooney and Sandro on the bench? Less than ten games in that tells us Koeman’s plans in the forward positions have gone out of the window already, is he panicking?

One of the biggest summer signings was Gylfi Sigurdsson – a proven Premier League performer, and so he should be for £45million, but does Koeman know how to use him? It doesn’t seem so.

He can’t seem to find a place for marvellous Tom Davies, who is sharing the bench with £25million Davy Klassen – who looks miles away from being a top Premier League performer.

Everton have clearly fallen into the quantity over quality trap, but worryingly – I think Everton thought they were getting quality. That is a major worry.

Koeman was defiant after the loss to Burnley – their fifth in eight games and following on from the midweek draw at home to Cypriot minnows Apollon.

This simply isn’t good enough for Everton and Koeman needs to address it, but is the man to do it, clearly there are major doubts – but they have to stick with the Ducthman in my view, at least give him until Christmas. They have a hugely talented squad, that is clearly under-performing – the question the Goodison Park hierarchy have to ask themselves, is Koeman the right man to get the best out of this squad, hopefully for his sake it is a yes.

As I said I would give Koeman until Christmas – will the Everton board? Not so sure…

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