By Frank McAvennie

23rd Jul, 2021 | 10:34am

Ex-striker predicts new Benitez doubts after 'strange' confirmed Everton news

Frank McAvennie has questioned why Rafael Benitez took the Everton job with transfer funds potentially low.

The former West Ham forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the Blues’ latest transfer dealings.

On Thursday (22nd July) Everton announced the signing of Demarai Gray for a reported £1.7million fee.

This followed the arrival of Andros Townsend, who joined the club on a free transfer earlier in the week.

Last summer the Blues spent big with Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan and Ben Godfrey each arriving for upwards of £20million.

McAvennie has questioned why Benitez would take the Everton job if he hasn’t been given significant money to spend.

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I would have imagined the new manager would have wanted money to spend,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“He’s come in and is getting one hell of a hard time. It’s a strange one.

“If he’s gone in there and he hasn’t been given any money for players, why did you take that job?

“No matter what he does, there will be fans who just won’t accept him. The knives are out.

“Townsend and Gray are decent players, don’t get me wrong. But the fans want to see Everton challenging Liverpool.

“At a minimum, they want to be spending money. I assumed Rafa was going because he could bring good players in.

“Maybe that’s not the case, we’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.”

Benitez received plenty of stick for taking the Everton job after making his name in England with local rivals Liverpool.

Threatening banners were even placed near the Spaniard’s Merseyside home by disgruntled Toffees fans.

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