Dutch legend Wim Kieft has launched an extraordinary rant at Everton director of football Marcel Brands in the Dutch media this weekend.
Kieft, who was a prolific goalscorer with the likes of Ajax, Pisa and Brands’ former club PSV Eindhoven, was writing in his column for De Telegraaf.
In it, he spoke of Everton’s current struggles and pointed the finger at Brands’ transfer record. It came after Brands spoke to the same publication recently about Adam Maher and Bert Ramselaar. They were two players he previously brought to PSV but both failed to make it in Eindhoven. Both are now with FC Utrecht and Brands couldn’t believe that they have fallen back so far.
Kieft, however, was having none of it, suggesting Brands looks in the mirror regarding the signings he makes.
“You don’t expect someone like Brands to blame others for failing players whose talent he himself misjudged…He should have just said about Maher and Ramselaar: ‘Sorry, I was mistaken and it cost PSV too much money…’
“Nevertheless, the presence of the Dutch technical director Brands is by no means a guarantee of success. Although he can buy almost any player that he wants and has attracted many players without producing results. Everton finished in eighth place without European football and despite major investments, the club is now third from the bottom, at a place where you relegate at the end of the season.
“I fear for the position of the Portuguese trainer Marco Silva at Everton. Brands is better at looking in the mirror instead of covering up his mistakes and blaming others.”
Brands has a fine reputation from his time at PSV Eindhoven and, in most cases, with good reason. The likes of Hirving Lozano, Dries Mertens and Gini Wijnaldum were all fantastic additions.
However, there was also plenty of recruits that did not work out. Over the past few weeks Everton fans have, perhaps for the first time, started to become critical of Brands and the choices Everton have made in the transfer market.
But hopefully, none of his recruits at Goodison Park end up going backward.