Everton’s ongoing struggles have led to discussions about the impact of poor decision-making in the transfer market, especially when it comes to players and managers, writes the Everton.News. The club has spent significant fees on managers who have underperformed, leading to a cycle of backing and eventual dismissal.
Farhad Moshiri’s tenure at Goodison Park has been marked by these issues, and now Sean Dyche is tasked with breaking this cycle and steering the club in a more positive direction, despite reported Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions looming over them.
To achieve this, Dyche needs time to implement his football philosophy within the squad and to make the necessary changes in the transfer market, clearing out players who don’t fit his system. One notable departure last summer was Neal Maupay, whom Dyche allowed to leave on loan to Brentford while bringing in Beto as backup for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Maupay, who stands at 5 feet 8 inches, didn’t align with Dyche’s game plan and struggled during his time at Everton. The French striker’s lackluster performance in front of goal drew criticism from the fanbase, with Everton being one of the lowest-scoring teams in the Premier League during that period.
Now, Maupay finds himself at Brentford, and the criticisms continue. Following a recent match against Chelsea, where Maupay failed to capitalize on an opportunity, Chris Sutton expressed his frustration, suggesting that he would retire if he were in Maupay’s shoes: ‘If I was Neal Maupay, I tell you, I’d retire. I mean come on.’
This incident has reignited the debate about Maupay’s value and his struggles, leaving Everton supporters glad that they have moved on and can rely on Calvert-Lewin’s form to lead the line. However, opinions on Maupay’s performance vary depending on the perspective, with some believing that he remains far from a valuable asset.