sport news Everton have splurged over £500m on players under Farhad Moshiri... what a waste

sport news Everton have splurged over £500m on players under Farhad Moshiri... what a waste
sport news Everton have splurged over £500m on players under Farhad Moshiri... what a waste

Angry chants of 'sack the board', one supporter confronting the now former director of football Marcel Brands and another running on the Goodison Park pitch to remonstrate with the players.

A manager in Rafa Benitez under serious pressure after six defeats in seven Premier League games but receiving a public vote of confidence from majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

And that's before we even get to the humiliation of a 4-1 defeat at home to local rivals Liverpool that leaves them just five points above the relegation zone.

It certainly feels like pantomime season at Everton with fan anger spilling over again during last Wednesday night's Merseyside derby.

Given that over £500million has been spent on new players since the British-Iranian businessman Moshiri took a 49.9 per cent stake in Everton back in February 2016, you'd really expect them to be doing better, and Brands has now paid the price, with Moshiri allowing him to quit on Saturday while again publicly backing Benitez in their power struggle.

It was another night of misery for Everton as rivals Liverpool thrashed them at Goodison Park

It was another night of misery for Everton as rivals Liverpool thrashed them at Goodison Park

Manager Rafael Benitez is now under serious pressure following six defeats in seven games

Manager Rafael Benitez is now under serious pressure following six defeats in seven games

Since Moshiri's buy-in, the Toffees have seen Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva and Carlo Ancelotti all come and go in the dug-out.

Premier League finishes of 7th, 8th, 8th, 12th and 10th have been recorded - seriously underwhelming given the investment - and the club appear no closer to ending a trophy drought stretching back to 1995.

What's more, the enormous spending on players between 2016 and 2020 now sees Everton struggling to meet Financial Fair Play obligations and meant recruitment last summer had to be pared back - hardly the best start for Benitez.

A recent analysis of Premier League club's 'wriggle room' when it came to FFP, conducted for Sportsmail by Kieran Maguire at the University of Liverpool, showed how much trouble Everton are in.

Everton have spent over £500m on new players since Farhad Moshiri took a 49.9 per cent stake in the club back in February 2016. But they don't seem to be making any progress

Everton have spent over £500m on new players since Farhad Moshiri took a 49.9 per cent stake in the club back in February 2016. But they don't seem to be making any progress 

Everton's now former director of football Marcel Brands was involved in a heated argument with one fan during last Wednesday night's 4-1 defeat in the Merseyside derby

Brands was responding to fierce criticism

Everton's now former director of football Marcel Brands was involved in a heated argument with one fan during last Wednesday night's 4-1 defeat in the Merseyside derby

One fan invaded the pitch at full-time as he remonstrated with Anthony Gordon (left), Seamus Coleman (hidden) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (right)

One fan invaded the pitch at full-time as he remonstrated with Anthony Gordon (left), Seamus Coleman (hidden) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (right) 

Supporters protested with a banner complaining about the club's lack of ambition

Supporters protested with a banner complaining about the club's lack of ambition

What's criminal to the fans is that the majority of players expensively brought in have failed to live up to expectations and this is both before and after Brands came in to head up recruitment in 2018.

Steve McManaman, part of the Amazon Prime Video coverage of the Merseyside derby, was critical of the wasted cash.

'Somebody, I don't know who it is, has spent a lot of money at Goodison. The new owners have come in and spent a lot of money,' he said.

'When you looked to the bench today and what they could bring on there was nothing there.

'So who's wasted this money on these players? Because someone has to be held accountable for it.'

We take a look at all Everton's 43 signings during the Moshiri era and assess whether they made the grade. 

Five years of lavish outlay on new players under Farhad Moshiri has left Everton with no room for manoeuvre when it comes to Financial Fair Play - hence a frugal summer window

Five years of lavish outlay on new players under Farhad Moshiri has left Everton with no room for manoeuvre when it comes to Financial Fair Play - hence a frugal summer window 

2016-2017

Yannick Bolasie (£25m, Crystal Palace) - An exciting winger but his time at Goodison Park was ruined by a serious knee ligament injury that meant he never established himself. Return of just two goals and four assists for the club in 32 appearances was followed by four loan spells. MISS

Morgan Schneiderlin (£20m, Manchester United) - Wanted to revive his career under his former boss at Southampton, Koeman, following a dreadful time at Old Trafford. A promising start but struggled in the 2017-18 season amid a rapid turnover of managers. MISS

Morgan Schneiderlin wasn't able to revive his career at Everton after joining from Man United

Morgan Schneiderlin wasn't able to revive his career at Everton after joining from Man United

Ashley Williams (£9m, Swansea) - Having shone in the Premier League with Swansea, Williams started off brightly enough at Everton and looked very good value for money. But they were far too leaky at the back in 2017-18, conceding 58 times (only five teams were worse), and Williams' stock fell. MISS

Ademola Lookman (£7.5m, Charlton) - One of the most promising youngsters in English football at the time and he scored on his debut in a 4-0 win over Manchester City. Sam Allardyce wasn't keen, however, and Lookman went on loan to RB Leipzig, where he impressed and earned a permanent move. MISS

Idrissa Gueye (£7.1m, Aston Villa) - The Senegal international performed very well in midfield for Everton and his transfer fee would come to look like a bargain. Energetic and committed in the tackle, he was one of Everton's best performers and jointly won their player of the season award in 2018-19. Was spirited away by Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 with the French club paying £30m. A rare good bit of business. HIT

Idrissa Gueye represented a rare bit of good business by Everton as they made a big profit

Idrissa Gueye represented a rare bit of good business by Everton as they made a big profit 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£1.5m, Sheffield United) - One of the most exciting strikers in the EFL when he joined and Calvert-Lewin has certainly done well at Goodison Park. 56 goals and counting for the England international at Everton and they're certainly missing him right now. HIT

Maarten Stekelenburg (£850,000, Fulham) - Played only 26 times for the club as he served largely as Jordan Pickford's understudy after losing his place post-Koeman. MISS

Enner Valencia (loan, West Ham) - Three goals and two assists in 30 games was nowhere near enough to convince Everton to activate a £14.5m option to buy the Ecuadorian winger. MISS

2017-2018

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£40m, Swansea) - A club record outlay at the time, Sigurdsson has made 156 appearances for the club, scoring 31 goals and contributing a further 25 assists. The Icelandic attacking midfielder has delivered some memorable moments but never scaled the heights expected of such a big transfer fee. MISS

Scoring a penalty as Everton registered a rare win at Anfield was a Gylfi Sigurdsson highlight

Scoring a penalty as Everton registered a rare win at Anfield was a Gylfi Sigurdsson highlight

Michael Keane (£25m, Burnley) - The defender has been a mainstay for Everton since signing four years ago. There have certainly been plenty of moments where Everton have looked too vulnerable at the back but Keane should still be judged a success after 164 games for the club. HIT

Jordan Pickford (£25m, Sunderland) - Another signing from the summer of 2017 who has established himself as a No 1 pick. The keeper has also gone on to be England's regular first choice despite semi-regular errors of judgement for his club. HIT

Jordan Pickford has established himself as first choice for both Everton and England

Jordan Pickford has established himself as first choice for both Everton and England  

Davy Klaassen (£23.6m, Ajax) - A great example of squandered cash. Promised so much when he came in from Ajax but the midfielder played in only seven Premier League games and departed for Werder Bremen just 12 months after signing - and for half the cost. MISS

Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen is a great example of how Everton have squandered money

Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen is a great example of how Everton have squandered money

Nikola Vlasic (£8m, Hajduk Split) - Signed after catching the eye of Koeman and then director of football Steve Walsh when playing against Everton in the Europa League. Completely surplus to requirements, played only 19 times, went on loan to CSKA Moscow as Marco Silva cleared the decks and ultimately moved to the Russian club. MISS

Henry Onyekuru (£6.8m, Eupen) - Easily forgotten, the Nigerian never played a game for the club because he was immediately loaned to Anderlecht and then spent time at Galatasaray. Moved on to Monaco in 2019. MISS

Sandro (£5.2m, Malaga) - Another signing that makes you ask 'why?' Spanish forward was never really needed, played only 15 times for the return of a solitary

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