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Rafa Benitez makes ‘difficult’ January transfer admission at Everton

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Everton manager Rafael Benitez has said he is hopeful the club will be more active in upcoming transfer windows.

After the appointment of Benitez following the shock departure of Carlo Ancelotti, the Toffees had a frugal summer window, with Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic and Salomon Rondon coming in on free transfers, while Demarai Gray joined for a modest amount.

Although the likes of Townsend and Gray have proven to be savvy business so far, the lack of investment in the squad has left the team short in key areas, meaning they’ve struggled for form after several injuries.

Everton have been without Dominic Calvert-Lewin since the third game of the Premier League season, while Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Yerry Mina have all been absent from the side at various points due to fitness issues.

Given the Toffees are under pressure to fall in line with Financial Fair Play regulations, it’s not anticipated the club will spend lavishly in January, that despite the fact they were able to offload a big earner in James Rodriguez to Al-Rayyan.

In an interview with Leon Osman on Everton’s official YouTube channel, Benitez said it will be tough to do business in January but added he is hopeful there will be more scope for altering the squad in transfer windows further down the line.

“We spent the money that we spent. We have the team that we have, the squad that we have. And we did really well [at the start of the season] because everything was right.

“As soon as you have injuries or make mistakes as a manager – tactics or substitutions – something can be wrong. It’s just how you react to these things – they are key.

“I think we are finding this balance little by little and maybe by bringing in different kinds of players to be sure that we can keep this consistency and this right mentality.

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