Former Everton director of football Steve Walsh has claimed that the club turned down the chance to sign Andy Robertson, Harry Maguire, Jonny Evans and Erling Haaland.
The man who made a big reputation for himself in a similar role at Leicester City, supposedly responsible for signing many of their Premier League title winning side, such as Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy, took up the same position with the Toffees, but did not have the desired effect.
Walsh is adamant that his lack of success at Everton was not down to him, claiming that the club did not back him on a number of high profile moves that he had lined up.
‘While I was at Everton, I offered them Andrew Robertson and Harry Maguire deals, when they were at Hull, and it was worth £20 million for the pair. Everton wouldn’t take them,” The Athletic quote him as saying.
‘I had a deal done for Jonny Evans too before he came to Leicester, but again they wouldn’t take him.
‘Erling Haaland, the striker with Salzburg, I had him and his dad at the club with a deal done for £3.4m (€4m). The club wouldn’t back me.’
Everton have struggled since Walsh was at the club, but it could have been so different for the Toffees, had he been listened to and backed like he was at Leicester.
Robertson and Maguire have been shining lights in the Premier League for the last couple of campaigns, the former with the Toffees’ main rivals Liverpool, and the latter the Foxes and now Manchester United.
Evans is currently impressing for Leicester in an appealing unit there, but perhaps the biggest one to get away from Everton is Haaland, a man who is forging a huge reputation at Red Bull Salzburg, scoring plenty of goals and earning a likely big move somewhere soon.