Everton's Brands under serious scrutiny from pundit

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Everton enjoyed an excellent summer.

They have brought in a number of top midfielders, and also strengthened their backline and in goal.
Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, and James Rodriguez have all arrived to bolster the centre of the pitch, while Ben Godfrey and Niels Nkounkou improve the defence.

In goal, Roma’s Robin Olsen has arrived on loan to provide back-up and competition for Jordan Pickford.

It has been an exceptional start to the season, too, with the Toffees yet to lose after five games, beating Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace, and Brighton and Hove Albion, and drawing with Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

But it is fair to say that they’re transfer record has been mixed before now.

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The likes of Alex Iwobi and Jean-Philippe Gbamin have struggled after big-money moves and it is perhaps for that reason that the Liverpool Echo reports that Director of Football Marcel Brands may not have his contract renewed.

Everton will examine the situation in January and former Premier League pro Michael Brown believes the Dutchman’s record deserves scrutiny.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “You wouldn’t want to change things now with where Everton are at.

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“You must say, with the spend over the last few years at Everton, the recruitment had to get better. The amount of money spent and wasted, you look at value of the squad.

“They had something like the 12th biggest spending in Europe and it’s just obscene. They finally seem to be getting somewhere with the squad.”

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Everton have spent some serious money.

Gylfi Sigurdsson cost around £45m while Iwobi was a plus £30m addition as well, and neither have set the world alight at Goodison Park.

The key isn’t what the spend is, but the players identified and recruited, and it finally seems they are moving in the right direction in that regard.

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Brands deserves credit for the spending this summer but one has to say that one swallow does not make a summer.

Scrutiny is deserved because of the position Brands occupies; it will be intriguing to see if the Toffees do keep him at Goodison Park.

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