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Carlo Ancelotti sets Marcel Brands mission to address one Everton flaw in summer transfer window

Carlo Ancelotti has set Marcel Brands a mission to sign players comfortable in possession, after identifying the area – via The Athletic – as the key flaw of his Everton side that he hopes to address in the summer transfer window.

The Italian tactician believes his lack of players able to play at their best with the ball at their feet is why the Toffees have struggled to perform at home this season, while able to pick up results on the road by playing a more direct style.

Everton rank just 15th among the 20 Premier League sides for points taken on home soil this term, compared to fourth for away points, with the Blues only winning five and drawing four of their 18 fixtures held at Goodison Park.

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Only Burnley (4), Sheffield United (4), Brighton (3), West Brom (3) and Fulham (2) have won fewer fixtures at home this term, while Everton also rank 17th for the least goals allowed having conceded 28 – ahead of Crystal Palace (29), Newcastle (33) and the Baggies (36).

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Ancelotti hopes the introduction of players more accustomed to a possession-based style in the summer transfer window will help see the Blues enjoy a change of fortunes next season, having confirmed that transfers are a must.

“We are a team with defined characteristics,” he said. “We are strong without the ball and direct. I think one of the technical reasons of this home run is this. We don’t have players of strong personality with the ball, strong quality with the ball.”

Ancelotti added: “I have to find a solution for this. Maybe, for next season, we need to try and have, for sure, a better squad. For next season, we are going to change. We have to analyse the season.”

TBR’s view:

An improved home record next season is an absolute must for Ancelotti to achieve if he is to guide Everton into a realistic challenge for the European places, having seen his side’s threat vanish this term in line with the lack of results.

Ancelotti’s desires to have players more accustomed to a possession-based style of play will also act as a statement of intent for how he and the Toffees’ Director of Football Brands will operate in the transfer window, looking to generate the better squad he hopes to have.

Whether that means pursuing moves for players like Juventus duo Aaron Ramsey (Il Bianco Nero) and Adrien Rabiot (Calciomercato), Real Madrid’s Isco (Defensa Central) or Sheffield United’s Sander Berge (Sky Sports) remains to be, but signings clearly are inbound at Goodison Park.

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