Everton transfer news: Behind-the-scenes figure 'had a say' in all Toffees' best signings

Everton's director of football Marcel Brands deserves credit for the players he has brought to the club during his tenure, according to journalist Paul Brown.

The Dutchman arrived at Goodison Park in May 2018, and Brown believes that he has done a fine job on Merseyside.

What's the latest news involving Brands?

Since Brands started his role at Everton, the club have been through their fair share of managers, including Marco Silva, Carlo Ancelotti and now Rafael Benitez.

However, Brands has provided some stability off the pitch, helping the team attract high-profile players such as Richarlison, Allan and James Rodriguez in recent years.

He signed a new three-year contract back in April, meaning that he is set to continue to be heavily involved in Everton's transfer strategy through until at least 2024.

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What has Brown said about Brands?

Brown feels that Brands ought to be recognised for his accomplishments at Everton, as he has claimed that the 59-year-old has played a part in signing most of the side's best players.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about Brands, Brown said: “Pretty much all of the best players in the team at the moment have been signed on his watch. Whether they were his idea or not, you can debate, some of them probably weren’t. But he’s had a say in all of those transfers.”

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Who has been Everton's best signing under Brands?

There are a number of players in contention for this honour, and they all have legitimate claims.

Richarlison was one of the first signings that Brands was involved in at Everton, and the Brazilian forward has been a major hit for the Toffees, scoring at least 13 goals in each of his three full seasons at the club

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Everton also had a strong transfer window last summer when they brought in Ben Godfrey and Abdoulaye Doucoure. The former has shown his ability to play all across the back four, and was named in England's provisional squad for the Euros earlier this year before eventually missing out on the final 23. Meanwhile, Doucoure appears to have grown in stature at the heart of the side's midfield this season, and is now one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Yet Brands' best work may actually have come in the most recent transfer window. Everton added Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend to their ranks for a combined fee of just £1.8m, and the pair have both found the net regularly in their opening few months on Merseyside.

If they can continue playing at their current level, they will be firmly in the running to be crowned the team's best signing since Brands became director of football.