Also with the centre back jags is still fantastic but how long will he be at this level for? Impossible to say but part of the thinking will be if we somehow managed to keep stones long term then we need a replacement for jags at some point.
Or if we are resigned to losing stones next summer then hopefully mori has a good 12 months to settle in and we can know whether he is a capable replacement for stones and we need to buy another backup centre back or if we need to replace stones with someone more proven.
Either way we needed a centre back because without one we are relying on unproven kids which is no place to be. Mori at 5m was a gamble I'm sure most were ok with giving a go, at nearly 10m it changes things and we will have to see if Martinez judgment on this one is sound or not as right now pretty much none of us know either way.
Totally get this. This was what I was thinking, maybe as a long term replacement for Jagielka but I just don't know if it is wise for Everton to be spending significant amount of money on players more for the future.
I was thinking about this recently with Cleverley. For me, that signing baffled me because we have quite a number of central midfielders at the club; Barry, McCarthy, Barkley, Besic, Osman, Gibson etc. - people may say he was on a free but he wasn't. £50,000-a-week for five years is around £12.5m (this is without accounting for signing-on fees). He is certainly cheaper than buying a player from another club, but he isn't free.
I didn't think Cleverley was a priority either. My thinking now is that he is going to take the place of Osman/Barry next season (not entirely the same style of midfielder, granted). However, if Martinez wanted Cleverley as a replacement next season he would have to buy him off his new club. So he figured it would be cheaper to get him in now on a free instead.
Given how poor we were last season, I just do not know if we can afford to recruit players in this way.
Someone on Twitter is now talking about a back three, don't see that at all.