By Kieran Maguire

11th Oct, 2021 | 4:00pm

Kieran Maguire tells Moshiri to 'sort it out' after 'massive' £202m Everton reveal

Everton must address their “scattergun” recruitment approach if they are to close the £202million gap between themselves and the ‘big six’.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Toffees’ fortunes in the transfer market.

Figures published by the CIES Football Observatory on 4 October show that Everton’s estimated squad value is £277.7million.

That places them 10th in the Premier League and £202m behind Arsenal, who have the division’s sixth-most valuable squad.

Everton, who are shackled by financial fair play, spent less than £2m on transfers over the summer.

And this site revealed today (11 October) that the Toffees will target free transfers and loans again in the January window.

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Their recruitment strategy has led to a chasm between themselves and the established sides at the top of the tree, highlights Maguire.

“It’s a massive gap at present,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

I think this is an assessment by the market of Everton’s scattergun recruitment approach since Farhad Moshiri took over the club.

“We have seen that with other clubs that have been taken over by wealthy partners too. Chelsea and Man City both initially had as many misses as hits.

“Everton have many players on their books who have failed to live up to expectations. They’ve got to sort it out if they want to break the mould.”

Everton are currently 5th in the Premier League standings after seven matches.

On-the-cheap summer signings Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend have arguably been their players of the season so far.

In other news, pundit hails Rafael Benitez as “nothing short of miraculous” after Everton latest.