Everton endured a difficult season last term, flirting with relegation, and Marco Silva has inherited a side with plenty of problems to fix.
The business at Goodison Park so far in the summer window has been promising, with Silva capturing former protege Richarlison from Watford and finally landing a long-term replacement for veteran Leighton Baines in the form of Lucas Digne.
Those two signings have provided the breath of fresh air that Everton need in their transfer strategy but worry has started to emerge following the latest links, which suggest that the Toffees could become stuck in their old ways once more.
Goal reports that Everton are eyeing Manchester United centre-back Marcos Rojo to bolster their defensive ranks, while The Times has Danny Welbeck moving from Arsenal as one of ten Premier League deals that could be finalised in the final week of the window.
Both internationals who represented their respective nations at the World Cup, the harsh reality is that neither would be a significant upgrade on the current options that Everton have at their disposal and, crucially, would continue mistakes of the past.
In recent years, Everton have done a lot of business with the established big clubs that has seen the Toffees land a number of outcasts – including Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott from United and Arsenal respectively in the past 12 months.
Rooney has of course now moved on to DC United, while Everton’s recent signing of Richarlison and their continued pursuit of wide players raises questions as to where Walcott fits into the picture on Merseyside – and both Rojo and Welbeck could swiftly find themselves in the same boat.
“If you are talking to me it is not the most important thing to talk about what are the positions because I need to be fair to our players but I can tell you four or five, or maybe one more, six, players, we have to sign.”
Since moving to Arsenal in 2014, Welbeck has failed to hit double figures for the Gunners in any of his four seasons and has suffered with continued injury problems, which is hardly the sort of facts that will get fans excited.
Rojo, meanwhile, has proven to be inconsistent in the Premier League since his move in 2014 and is certainly not worth the £30m price-tag The Telegraph states Manchester United have put upon the Argentina international’s head.
Meanwhile, The Sun says Welbeck would cost around £15m – which would total an outlay of £45m for two players who have not cut it at top Premier League sides and should therefore be avoided by Everton in their quest to return to the top-end of the Premier League table.