Last-gasp deal-making ended up in a stronger squad for the Blues
What a great deadline day for Everton.
There are always winners and losers during the transfer window, and there’s no doubt Roberto Martinez’s men have emerged pretty triumphant.
Monday’s last-gasp events reminded me of the work they did back in January 2010.
And if matters turn out as impressively, I can’t imagine any Evertonian is going to complain too much. Supporters will have instead woken up the next morning knowing they had a good night without nursing any headache.
Of course, the surplus of at least £10million will be a bone of contention for supporters who want to see that money pumped back into the team.
If they wonder where it may have gone, I will tell them: it’s probably gone to manage the club’s debt.
That has been the way for several years now at Everton, and it isn’t going to change overnight.
Nobody could argue Martinez’s squad is not stronger as a result of the club’s work in the window, not least as they held on to Leighton Baines.
I’m not sure what happened with Manchester United’s move for Marouane Fellaini. Why didn’t they pay the buy-out clause of £23.5million a month ago rather than spend an extra £4m on Monday night?
I can only imagine David Moyes didn’t want his former player to be his first marquee signing, although in the end he had no choice.
Everton, though, won’t be complaining too much.
They may have to sell players, but they still don’t make it easy.
And to be honest, a lot of Evertonians I know are not that fussed Fellaini has gone. And they are happy the club got good money for the departed Victor Anichebe.
Coming in, I’d previously said the loan signing of Gareth Barry was an absolute no-brainer and he will do well for Everton and add experience, poise and professionalism to the midfield.
James McCarthy is a player I really like. And he is only going to improve.
Look at how much he has come on in recent years. Yes, Wigan were relegated last season but McCarthy was easily, easily their best player. He is a real players’ player. He works hard and is industrious, and will be able to fit in immediately as he knows what Martinez will expect.
From six months ago looking ponderous and old, Everton’s midfield – with Ross Barkley emerging and Gerard Deulofeu an instant hit – now looks vibrant with a real competition for places and injury cover.
If there have been some grumbles from Everton supporters during the opening weeks, it has been over a continued lack of cutting edge.
The arrival of Romelu Lukaku will surely change that. Lukaku could have gone to several teams, and I’d imagine Chelsea were wary over where he could go. But Everton have snuck in and it’s a great loan deal.
Lukaku has to play in the centre of the attacking three. That’s the only place you can play him. He is Drogba-lite, and that’s me being nice to him. Lukaku has clearly modelled his game on the Ivorian, and there were times at West Brom last season where he was very difficult to play against.
The punters will love him. And in fact, the supporters will surely be pleased at all three new signings.
Everton, despite having not yet won a Premier League game under Martinez, surely now cannot wait until the action resumes again after the international break.