By Kevin Phillips

19th Feb, 2021 | 7:49pm

Phillips names the only flop of Marcel Brands era as new Everton deal nearly done

Moise Kean is the only flop of the Marcel Brands era and Everton are in safe hands with the Dutchman steering the ship.

That is according to ex-Premier League star Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider with the Goodison Park director of football set to sign a three-year contract extension.

Brands joined the club from PSV Eindhoven in May 2018 and has had a hand in £266million’s worth of transfers in that time, according to data from Transfermarkt.

Phillips claims the £25.1m acquisition of Moise Kean — who scored four goals in 37 appearances for the Toffees — in August 2019 is Brands’ only misstep.

That is indicative of a transfer chief at the top of his game, says the former European Golden Shoe winner.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “When you look at the recruitment and investment, you see that Everton are a very well-run football club.

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“The signings that they’ve made as well have all come in and done well.

“It’s hard to say there’s one that has come in and not done well, other than Moise Kean who struggled when he went there.

“They’re a sound football club, aren’t they? So they want to keep the figures at the club who are doing a good job. So it’s no surprise that he’s been rewarded for that.”

Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is refusing to set an upper limit on his ambition and the club recently announced that a new £500m arena was set for approval.

Everton fans could see Premier League football in the Bramley Moore Dock stadium as soon as 2024 and finance guru Kieran Maguire says he expects to see more big-money deals in the interim period. 

In other news, a top pundit has registered his disbelief at the latest name Everton have been linked with.