It was a gloomy weekend at Merseyside, with both Everton and Liverpool suffering heavy defeats at the hands of Tottenham and Manchester City respectively.
The Toffees spent almost £140million on the recruitment of 8 signings during the summer transfer window, but have had an awful start to the campaign, winning just once and losing their last 2 features.
The 3-nil home defeat to Spurs means Everton have now shipped 6 goals and found the back of the net just twice in 4 games.
Ex-Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes manager Ronald Koeman tried copying Liverpool with Everton’s summer transfer business, and might have failed to get it right in the market as a result.
He wrote in his Dailymail column: “Rather than replacing Romelu Lukaku, it seems Everton have tried to emulate neighbours Liverpool in spreading the goals around.
“Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen are all similar players who can thrive as No 10s but where is the target man?
“Think back to Joe Royle, Graeme Sharp, Duncan Ferguson. Everton fans love a commanding centre forward but Sandro Ramirez does not give them that presence at the top of the team.
“On paper, Everton’s transfer business suggests they can break into the top six. In practice, they have left themselves short.”
Koeman led the Goodison Park outfit to a 7th place finish last season in his maiden campaign in charge of the club, but wants to go one better this term, as Everton attempt to establish themselves as Premier League heavyweights in the near future.
However, their earlier struggles have highlighted how under-equipped the club are in terms of man power to achieve their ambitions for the season, and should they fail to impress before Christmas, the Dutch manager might be forced to spend more during the winter transfer window.