Marcel Brands has wasted no time in beginning Everton’s big shake up. The managing director, appointed to his role last month, has struck up and instant working relationship with the clubs new manager Marco Silva – Both have highlighted 12 players who are to be listed for transfer.
The last few seasons have proven one turbulent turn after another for Everton, with managers Ronald Koeman and more recently Sam Allardyce failing to readdress the balance. Marcel Brands and Marco Silva have been appointed as the clubs new director of football and first team manager respectively, in the hope that both can turn the Toffees fortunes.
After both only being in their new roles for less than a week, Brands and Silva have already highlighted that they will seek to move 12 players on from their current Everton contracts, facilitating some improvements necessary for Silva to apply his tactics to the team this summer. Although the 12 players names are yet to be made public, it will become obvious as each of them will be sold before the new season arrives.
To some it is all too obvious who the potential departures could include, but some may not; so to give you an idea our other writers have formulated 12 names they believe could be a part of the movement:
Joel Robles (Free transfer to Getafe completed), Cuca Martina, Ashley Williams, Morgan Schniederlin, Oumar Niasse, Yannick Bolasie, James McCarthy, Luke Garbutt, Wayne Rooney, Ramiro Funes Mori and Phil Jagielka.
Joel Robles (” “), Luke Garbutt, Tyias Browning, Matthew Pennington, Kevin Mirallas, Ashley Williams, Cuca Martina, Maarten Stekelenburg, Muhamed Besic, Sandro Ramirez, Yannick Bolasie and Wayne Rooney.
Joel Robles ( ” “), Cuca Martina, Ashley Williams, Luke Garbutt, Morgan Schneiderlin, Muhamed Besic, Oumar Niasse, Tyias Browning, Yannick Bolasie, Kevin Mirallas, Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez.
Ashley Williams, Mason Holgate, Cuca Martina, Kevin Mirallas, Muhamed Besic, James McCarthy, Yannick Bolasie, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ramiro Funes Mori, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Oumar Niasse and Wayne Rooney.
Ashley Williams, Ramiro Funes Mori, Morgan Schneiderlin, Yannick Bolasie, Sandro Ramirez, Wayne Rooney, Joel Robles, Muhamed Besic, Cuca Martina, Luke Garbutt, Brendan Galloway and James McCarthy.
Marco Silva has already admitted that further heavy investment in the squad is not essential, offering instead to make funds available via the sale of players not contributing to the squad but taking up a chunk of the wage. Regardless of the funds Farhad Moshiri has, it makes perfect sense to me that his investment in the team is stalled temporarily until the manager can recover the mess left behind by the failed reigns previous.
Other potential candidates for a Goodison exit having found themselves on the periphery of previous squads could be players along the lines of Matthew Pennington, who having only just signed a new contract may struggle to still grab the headlines over Mason Holgate, Michael Keane and Ramiro Funes Mori. Another pair of defenders who will have their work cut out proving their worth will be Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway, both of whom had heavily unsuccessful loan spells at Sunderland last season.
Age is another factor that Silva and Brands will need to seriously consider, with some of Everton’s ageing players being high on the weekly wage bill. Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney and Leighton Baines all fall into the ageing list, although not all will be shown the door.
Failures in previous seasons has left Silva with a job that involves correcting wrongs and recovering the clubs losses more than usually expected for a new manager. However, Silva will need to find a small number of new players in order to get the team performing to his tactics, but not too many new faces in case of a further impact on the transition time that all new managers experience.