Marcel Brands arrival in the summer window provided Everton with a Director of Football who managed to help the club secure a handful of high-profile signings which may otherwise have been beyond them.
Everton find themselves caught in no mans land between mid-table obscurity and a genuine push for Champions League football, but with Brands and Marco Silva at the club they have every chance of closing the gulf in class on the top-six.
It’s certainly not an overnight process and patience is the order of the day for Everton supporters as the club bid to step up to the next level.
Indeed, the gulf in class is so substantial that Everton will need two-three seasons at the very least before they can compete with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United for a place in the top-four, but the summer window gave them legitimate reason to believe that their future is glowing.
With the likes of Richarlison, Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina all joining Silva at Goodison Park, Brands pulled off a handful of coups which sent out a clear message to the rest of the division: Everton are here to break the status quo.
The signings they completed in the summer were predominantly for players with plenty to prove at the highest level: Richarlison was a half-season wonder at Watford; Gomes was cruelly ridiculed by his own supporters after failing to impress at Barcelona; Mina has yet to spend a full year in European football.
But in order to break down metaphorical barriers and compete with the very best Everton will have to act like the very best in the transfer market and, with that in mind, Brands and Silva should be working in conjunction to secure the signature of Krzysztof Piatek.
Piatek has rapidly emerged as one of the most prolific strikers in European football since he completed a £3.5 million move to Genoa in the summer transfer window.
After notching 21 goals from 36 appearances in the Polish Ekstraklasa last season, Genoa capitalised on his availability and secured a masterstroke deal whilst the rest of Europe were sleeping, but it’s unlikely they will be able to keep hold of him beyond the current campaign if he continues to perform in the electric vein he has started the season in.
A complete forward who is a technically gifted and determined footballer and not merely a goal-scoring poacher, Piatek would be a dream replacement for Cenk Tosun at the spearhead of Everton’s attack.
With Piatek’s form unquestionably provoking interest from a handful of Europe’s heavyweight clubs, Everton will face stern competition for his signature but, if Brands is able to convince him that first-team opportunities are more important than playing for a club with an elite profile at this stage in his career, he would make himself a hero amongst the Goodison Park faithful.
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