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Chris Sutton blasts Everton senior man after disappointing 2017-18 start

By Harvey Byrne

Outspoken pundit and former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has blasted Everton senior man Steve Walsh after playing his part in failing to replace star striker Romelu Lukaku this summer.

The Toffees went under mass changes in the summer, bringing in a total of nine senior player, while Lukaku deaprted for Manchester United in a mega £75million deal.

Of those additions included strikers Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney, but after just one victory, a draw and three losses from their five Premier League matches alongside a crushing 3-0 Europa League defeat against Atalanta many have now questioned the club’s recruitment alongside manager Ronald Koeman’s targets.

Those questioning included Sutton, who wasn’t sure who to blame for Everton’s poor start, but he did particularly focus on Walsh and his reputation before he joined the Merseysiders last summer.

“Is it Ronald Koeman’s, or is it Steve Walsh,” started Sutton speaking on BBC 5 Live on Monday, when asking who was to blame for Everton’s summer recruitment.

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“I don’t know, but you know he came with such a big reputation, didn’t he, Steve Walsh, you know. Superb recruiter, well if you’re that superb and you’ve known since March that your main centre-forward is going.”

Walsh joined Everton as their director of football last year after helping Leicester to their shock Premier League title win in 2016.

He was particularly applauded for the Foxes bringing in the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante, who have all since proven to be key.

However, if Everton’s poor form continues then there will surely be more questions coming his way.

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