Date: 2nd June 2022 at 8:05am
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Everton’s reckless spending is common knowledge at this point.

Since Farhad Moshiri became the owner of the Toffees, they have spent over £560m, which is the fifth-highest in the Premier League, more than Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, teams in the so-called ‘Big Six’.

However, the Merseyside club has failed to see this spending materialise in their league position. The highest they have been under Moshiri is 7th in 2016-17, and for the last three seasons, they have been in the bottom half.

One of the biggest issues at Goodison Park is that their transfer policy often revolved around signing big names from big clubs. One such example of this is Fabian Delph.

The 32-year-old joined the club having been a two-time Premier League winner at Manchester City, but has only made 35 league appearances in the three seasons he has been at the club, and is yet to score or provide an assist.

Considering the Bradford-born midfielder joined in a deal worth up to £10m, when you factor in his £92k-per-week salary as well then the England international has cost Everton almost £25m in total.

That means that the former Aston Villa captain has cost the club over £700k for each league appearance.

It can’t even be argued that the Leeds academy graduate has contributed off the pitch by supporting the team from the bench. He has missed 59 games due to injury, significantly more than the amount he has played.

The Goodison Park faithful must be wondering what could have been. When the £92k-per-week earner joined the club in 2019, pundit Richard Keys called the transfer “a steal”.

“What a steal. Ten million for someone with his kind of experience? It’s robbery. He’s Everton’s James Milner. Again – like [David] Luiz and Milner – a top pro.

“He’s got a great attitude to playing and winning. Like the other two – he’s got vast experience. Like the other two he can play in a variety of positions. And although he’s 29 – in terms of ‘game miles’ he’s nowhere near that. A terrific buy.”

Most people around Everton now see the move as a steal for different reasons, and there won’t be too many that will want Delph to stay when his contract expires this summer.

AND in other news, Lampard could stumble into a huge Everton mistake with “comically weak” £97k-p/w flop…

 

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