After a quiet start to the transfer window, Everton went out with a bang on deadline day.
The Toffees first signing of the summer only came towards the end of July after Richarlison joined from Watford in a big-money deal before left-back Lucas Digne arrived from Barcelona shortly after.
And while both Richarlison and Digne are good additions, the work done by Everton yesterday is arguably the club’s most promising pieces of business.
The Toffees confirmed the signings of Bernard, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes on their official club website, while a deal to bring Kurt Zouma to Goodison Park on loan is expected to go through later today (via Daily Mail).
And each of the quartet will drastically improve what has become a very underwhelming Everton side.
The Merseyside club have splashed the cash since Farhad Moshiri became majority shareholder, but most of the acquisitions made under the Iranian have failed to deliver and Everton’s performances have suffered, as a result.
But in Bernard, Gomes, Mina and Zouma, Everton would have signed players of genuine quality who will make the team better overall.
Mina and Zouma, in particular, are significant captures. Central defence was the weakest area of Everton’s squad with the ageing Phil Jagielka probably the club’s best centre-back prior to the transfer window.
Ashley Williams, now at Stoke City, has declined rapidly in the last couple of seasons while Michael Keane has simply not been good enough since moving to Goodison Park from Burnley last summer.
However, with Mina and Zouma, manager Marco Silva has two aerially dominant central defenders who will make Everton’s defence solid.
Meanwhile, the additions of Richarlison, Bernard and Gomes will add much more creativity to Silva’s starting XI and ultimately, is a display of Everton’s ambitions as the club plots to break into the Champions League qualification spots.
Everton’s activity on deadline day has them on course for a much better season than the last.