As well as bringing in Marco Silva this summer to replace Sam Allardyce as manager, Everton have also recruited Marcel Brands as Steve Walsh’s successor for the Director of Football position at the club.
Big things were expected from Walsh on the blue side of Merseyside after he discovered the brilliant N’Golo Kante while at Leicester. However, the English scout was not able to replicate his transfer market success at Everton and has since been replaced by Brands.
Everton are yet to make a signing under the new Brands regime, but that hasn’t stopped supporters from already heaping praise on PSV Eindhoven’s former Director of Football.
Defender Funes Mori has joined La Liga side Villarreal for an undisclosed amount, as reported by Sky Sports. But there is a rumour from Sporx circulating that a fee of up to £17m was agreed between the two clubs for Mori, and Everton fans believe Brands deserves the credit for sanctioning such a deal if true.
With Mori, who is valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, having now departed the club, alongside Michael Keane, the ageing pair of Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka remain as Silva’s only options for central defence.
Furthermore, Everton are likely to explore the market for a new centre-back, and Everton supporters will be hoping that Brands can work his transfer magic again.
Have a look at Toffee fans’ thoughts on Brands and Mori below..
If Marcel Brands has got £17.5m for Funes Mori, I can only think Steve Walsh is now the Director of Football at Villareal
— Alun Williams (@AlunWilliams16) June 21, 2018
TWENTY MILLION FOR FUNES MORI? @Everton . Brands is amazing
— P (@Paul_M__H) June 21, 2018
— Joe (@joesworld1878) June 21, 2018
Daylight robbery that Funes Mori fee. Good luck to him though. Brands doing what he’s being paid to do so far and some. Hopefully more outs this weekend and week coming.
— Trent Cini (@trentcini22) June 22, 2018
This is exactly why I’m completely calm regarding our transfers now. I know Brands is in full control of all behind the scenes. This might be just the beginning. #IBWT
— jon hein (@jdhein13) June 22, 2018
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Ya’kna what, as much as I’m guttered Funes Mori didn’t get enough game time at @Everton, 20 million is ALOT for that player. Already loving Marcel Brands
— Kieeraan (@Kieeraan07) June 21, 2018