Marcel Brands’ arrival at Goodison Park has enabled Everton to complete plenty of progressive deals, with the likes of Andre Gomes, Richarlison and Yerry Mina all bringing a new level of quality to the club.
Marco Silva deserves great credit for how he has improved Everton during the early months of his time on Merseyside, but there is no question that Brands, Everton’s Director of Football, is also worthy of a special mention.
The summer transfer strategy is already beginning to bear fruit and Brands is unquestionably central to the marked improvement in the club’s performances on the field of play.
Gylfi Sigurdsson was the club’s headline-making acquisition in 2017, and his performances this season suggest he was worth the £45 million price-tag, but at 29-years-old he is not blessed with plenty of years ahead of him at the top level.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Brands is already looking ahead to a future without Sigurdsson, as Everton are reportedly interested in signing RB Salzburg’s Hannes Wolf, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder is also attracting interest from Tottenham, Arsenal and Southampton according to the report, and it’s easy to see why.
A record of 16 goals and 18 assists from just 70 first-team appearances at RB Salzburg, which includes one goal and two assists in this seasons Europa League, is a phenomenal record for a player who is yet to celebrate his 20th birthday.
With diligent work-rate, a dynamic approach to dribbling and the incisive vision for a killer pass, Wolf possesses the skill-set to thrive in Everton’s attacking midfield.
In the short-team he would offer a genuine alternative to Sigurdsson, whilst in the long-term he could eventually blossom into a capable replacement for the Iceland international.
And considering Wolf is also comfortable operating on both wings, Silva would have a perfect opportunity to experiment with different combinations in his attacking midfield players.
Brands has already completed some genius transfers during his time with the Toffees, and beating some of the Premier League’s most prestigious clubs to Wolf’s signature would represent yet another shrewd move.
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