Where’s the Arteta money Bill?
Okay, it’s a bit of a tongue in cheek shout, as everyone knows that the Arteta money was paid to Barclays as we always seem to be a bit skint, but it seems to be that Everton have spent very little in transfer money again, despite pre window optimism.
Having shifted David Moyes and staff, plus Pip Neville and other minor players like Jan Mucha and Tomas Hitzsperger off the wage bill; many Evertonians were sensing that we might have a little bit of moneyfor Roberto Martinez to spend this season. After all, we have just entered a new era of increased TV money and had seen a late turn in the transfer debacle of Leroy Fer having agreed an £8.5m fee with FC Twente.
Fer signed for Norwich for £4.5m after his Everton transfer went belly up
So far Everton have spent around the £5.6m mark on transfer fee’s (with obviously a little extra for some signing on fee’s too) having spent around £5m on Arouna Kone, £600k on Joel Robles and the signings of Antolin Alcaraz and Gerard Deulofeu on a free transfer and on loan respectively. These are all decent, if not remarkable signings in my own opinion.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do understand that there are still 3 weeks left of the current transfer window and I may be surprised, but I can’t help but feel that purchases that are coming will be funded by the possible sales of Baines, Fellaini and/or Heitinga. As a little side note, I would be delighted with the transfer window if we managed to keep Fellaini and Baines and only signed the players that we have.
I may be jumping the gun a little, but I fear that any incomings will be offset by the sale of 1 or 2 of our major players and I have a feeling by the end of the window we will have a minus figure for net spend and will have been outspent drastically by smaller clubs such as Swansea and Norwich, who I understand have smaller wage bills than us, but also have smaller fanbases and turnover.
Robert Earl should go back to selling cheeseburgers
For me the boards job is to provide the manager with funds to improve the squad, not just Bill Kenwright, but Robert Earl, Jon Woods et al. I understand that they haven’t all got the personal finances to put money in (As it’s reported that they haven’t invested one penny of their own personal money) but there should be plans in place to find new money and if they can’t they should personally sell their shares.
Robert Earl especially is worth a few quid, yet won’t invest in the team until we have a new stadium. Personally, I’d rather the charlatan got out of our club and sold his shares for what he paid. Go back to your cheeseburgers and get out of football.
On the Brightside, if we don’t buy any more players and sell Baines and Fellaini then at least we will have a nice set of brand new lawnmowers <claps>
Hopefully i’m completely wrong and we make a fantastic signing for record money and don’t sell any of our stars, which would send us into the new season on a massive high ………….. i just don’t think I will be!
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