It’s been no secret that Everton have had a fantastic summer transfer window, bringing in players such as Wayne Rooney, Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane just to name a few. In this article, I will be looking at how their summer signings have improved the team and whole dimension of the club.
Where better to start than the homecoming hero? Since his return to Goodison Park, Wayne Rooney has been phenomenal, quite the contrast to last season where if anything he was a hindrance at Manchester United. The revitalised Rooney has scored in back to back games and is playing with swagger and confidence that I haven’t seen in him for years.
I’ve always been the first to slate Rooney so I think it’s about time I give him some praise, with his current form he deserves a recall to the England side, make him our main man again, that’s what he loves being, he thrives on it, which is part of the reason he is doing so well at Everton so far this season.
The hitman has drawn eyes to Everton and without a doubt has made them a more attractive club to join or support, he’ll add more goals to the side and youngsters like Calvert-Lewin will learn so much from someone who has achieved so much in the game.
Moving aside from Rooney, the Toffees completed what could be the bargain of the summer, Sandro Ramirez arrived on Merseyside following the season of his life at Malaga. The ex-Barcelona man arrives at Everton aged at just 21 and on a four-year contract, with an impressive record of 16 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions for Malaga last season, he averaged better than a goal every two games.
Considering that this was his first season where he was a regular starter it makes it all the more impressive and at just £5,200,000, especially in today’s market, Everton have got themselves a serious player and someone who, with time could fill the boots of Romelu Lukaku.
One thing that occurred to me during Everton’s fixture against Manchester City was just how many English players were on the field, especially youngsters. Academy graduate, Tom Davies, England under-20 World Cup winner, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and defender Mason Holgate all starting for the blues last night.
All having good performances, but the one man out of the trio that caught my eye was Calvert-Lewin, providing Wayne Rooney an assist for his goal and causing City problems whenever Everton were going forward.
Despite all the money they’ve spent this summer (a lot of it, at that) they are still giving their younger players a chance and still have some ready in the wings waiting for their chance, which should be admired by all clubs, and is fantastic for the English game.