By Matt Farr

Ex-Everton defender Terry Darracott believes the acquisition of recruitment guru Steve Walsh last summer was ‘a great appointment’ for the club.

Walsh was appointed as Everton’s new director of football back in July, following a successful spell as assistant manager at last season’s Premier League champions, Leicester City.

The renowned recruitment chief was responsible for identifying current Leicester stars Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, as well as last season’s hero N’Golo Kante, before later joining Everton’s backroom team.

But Walsh has made quick work of his recruitment responsibilities at Goodison Park, and according to the Times, is reportedly closing in on the signing of highly-rated Malaga attacker, Sandro Ramirez.

As the move gathers pace, Everton icon Darracott is under no illusions that Walsh is the right man to lead the Merseyside club to success in the transfer market.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “It was a great appointment. He’s very organised and his record with Leicester was so impressive.

“To go to all those different places and pick up a number of players who won the league for Leicester is an incredible achievement.

“You have to be so dedicated to be a successful scout and I’m delighted Steve’s helping Everton now. The recruitment side of the game has always been massive.”

Darracott drew particular attention to his work in identifying star players at low-cost prices during his Leicester days, a record which he branded as ‘impressive’.

Walsh will continue to work closely alongside Everton manager Ronald Koeman, who was also recruited last summer, as the club look to make further changes to their squad ahead of next season.

Koeman began a major overhaul of the first-team squad during the winter transfer window, allowing a number of the club’s fringe players to quit the club, whilst bringing in quality reinforcements.

However, their work is far from complete, and the two will have a major role to play in fulfilling Everton’s ambition to qualify for the Champions League in the coming seasons.

In other Everton news, the club are considering a bid for this £18million-valued defender who turned down Barcelona.

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