…but not in a bad way, you understand. In a very, very good way. I just wanted to crowbar a Keane lyric into a headline because we’ve signed young Michael there.
Just over thirteen years ago I started this little Everton website. The night the first post went live, Wayne Rooney broke his metatarsal in Portugal and started his limp towards Old Trafford. Fast forward and he could be hobbling back the other way to join a plethora of big-money signings.
Neither he, nor many others let’s face it, could have dreamt that the Everton he left behind would change so much in the time he was gone.
Not that it happened overnight. It took the majority of those thirteen years sweating on deadline day deals to sign James McFadden (which we did twice for crying out loud!) and wondering whether we could beat West Brom in a bid to loan strikers surplus to requirements at Chelsea.
But it happened. And boy was it worth the wait!
Farhad Moshiri burst onto the scene just under 18 months ago, buying a 49% stake in the club and setting pulses racing around Merseyside.
But there was still work to do. On the pitch, Everton were going backwards, and inside the club key decision-makers were unaware of fan’s feelings – despite the flags. Eventually, the message got through, and managerial change happened. But again, not overnight!
Steve Walsh came in as Director of Football, while Ronald Koeman eventually left Southampton and joined Everton. The future was starting to look very bright.
It was early days last summer, though, and there were feelings that Walsh wasn’t given enough time to work much magic, despite the signing of Idrissa Gana Gueye and Yannick Bolasie. Deadline day seemed all too much of a familiar flop between deals that would never happen.
This summer, though. Boom.
One after the other, big money signings head to Goodison Park.
Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaasen, Sandro Ramirez, Henry Onyekuru, and Michael Keane. £100m spent in about a week.
Did anyone ever think they’d read that about Everton?
In the thirteen years this website has been going, I certainly dreamt of writing that, but even I thought I was being a bit too optimistic if I’m honest.
This transfer window, Everton’s changing, and I don’t feel the same. Not the same as before. This transfer window, it’s like Everton, only better.
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