Brands shouldn't be worried about spending big on Lozano to replace Walcott
Marcel Brands has said he is reluctant to spend over the odds for PSV Eindhoven’s exciting winger Hirving Lozano, according to Dutch outlet VI.
He said: “If Hirving Lozano and Steven Bergwijn go directly to the absolute top in the Premier League, they will find it very difficult.
“Thirty million for Hirving… we will not pay that. I do not know yet about Lozano and Bergwijn. If Lozano would cost twenty million, I would consider it, but at higher amounts we look at players who have already proven it in the Premier League or in another big league.”
After some reckless recent spending, Everton fans may be pleased to hear Brands talk about more considered investment, but his reluctance to go big on Lozano may also be a source of frustration.
Everton have an improving attack, but so far this season, Theo Walcott has been the weak link and there is a clear need to improve on the Englishman in the wide areas.
Lozano’s World Cup performances in the summer and Champions League performances this season show that he would be an instant upgrade on Walcott.
And £30m does not appear absolutely ludicrous for such an impressive performer – especially in a market where Walcott reportedly cost more than £20m.