Gylfi Sigurdsson [right] has been a big disappointment for Everton
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Tony Cottee says Everton blundered by splashing out a club record fee on Gylfi Sigurdsson and not a new striker.
Sigurdsson, £45m signing from Swansea, was among a number of new arrivals in the summer transfer window but has been a big disappointment so far in what has been a woeful start to the campaign for the Toffees.
Ronald Koeman's misfiring side are sitting 16th in the Premier League table, having picked up just eight points from as many games.
Cottee feels poor recruitment is down to their struggles, with the former Everton striker claiming they failed to adequately replace Romelu Lukaku and highlighting the big-money deal for playmaker Sigurddson as their worst bit of business.
He told talkSPORT: "I'm not surprised they are struggling to a degree if you look at their transfer policy.
“Gylfi Sigurdsson is a very good player but he wasn’t what they needed and £45million was a lot to pay for him.
“They have ended up with lots of number tens. They have got Barkley to come back, they have got Rooney, they have got Sigurdsson, and they are not scoring goals.
"It is no surprise that they haven't got a goalscorer that Everton are in trouble."
Everton fans – and even the mayor of Liverpool – are starting to round on boss Koeman after the poor start to the season.
“There is a lot of discontent up on Merseyside," said Cottee. "I do fear for Ronald Koeman.
"They have got Arsenal at the weekend and they are going to be in trouble if they don’t start picking up results soon.”