The transfer business of Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has been among the best in the Premier League this window, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Coventry striker delivered his verdict as the Toffees completed the deadline day signing of Ben Godfrey.
The 22-year-old has agreed a five-year contract at Goodison Park after the club paid Norwich City a £25million fee that could rise to £30million with add-ons, Football Insider understands.
✍️ | Ben Godfrey has signed for #EFC from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee, penning a five-year deal until the end of June 2025.
— Everton (@Everton) October 5, 2020
Godfrey joins Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure as Carlo Ancelotti’s major additions this transfer window.
His new signings have settled well and the Toffees currently sit top of the Premier League winning all of their opening four games.
And Whelan has been left in awe of Ancelotti’s summer dealings.
Asked by Football Insider whether Everton’s transfer business has been among the best in the Premier Leauge, he said: “Yes, absolutely.
“It was always going to be the case.
“We knew from last season that there were players there that he (Carlo Ancelotti) wasn’t impressed with.
“He’s had that opportunity and that bit of time since he’s come into the club to assess the players.
“He’s realised the weaknesses and where he needs to strengthen and he’s gone straight in there and brought two people into that midfield area.
“He’s got people that he knows and trust and they’ve got stability there now.
“He’s got consistency, he’s got the creativity and there’s a steeliness about that midfield that wasn’t there before.”
Ancelotti lined up with the same midfield three of Andre Gomes, Allan and Doucoure in Everton’s first three league games.
However, both Allan and Doucoure missed Saturday’s 4-2 win over Brighton & Hove Albion with injury.
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