Everton manager Roberto Martinez is reportedly confident that he will still have the final say on the club’s transfer dealings after its purchase by Farhad Moshiri.
The Spaniard has his detractors at Goodison Park due to the inconsistent nature of the Toffees’ performances this term.
But the club have seldom put a foot wrong when it comes to the buying and selling of players under his watch and he should be allowed to retain control.
His successes have been legion and won through a variety of methods.
Astute loan signings and their subsequent acquisition on a permanent basis have paid off in both the short and longer terms.
Gareth Barry, Gerrard Deulofeu, Romelu Lukaku and Aaron Lennon earned their permanent moves to Goodison during temporary switches and certainly haven’t rested on their laurels since signing up full time.
Martinez also raided former club Wigan with a magpies’ eye for players capable of leaving the Latics’ Premier League relegation form behind among better colleagues.
James McCarthy, Arouna Kone (once his injury woes had relinquished) and Joel Robles have become trusted, and in the case of McCarthy coveted, first teamers.
Former DW Stadium loanee Tom Cleverley too, has arrived for free via a few years back at parent club Manchester United and a temporary switch to Aston Villa and promptly resumed his upward trajectory.
Along the way the Toffees have also acquired more than one oven-ready youngster, with Muhamed Besic and Brendan Galloway Premier League regulars soon after joining.
The Everton boss has even circumnavigated the supposed minefield of signing defenders straight from South America by way of Ramiro Funes-Mori’s goal-strewn freshman year.
When the big bucks have been deployed, they have been splashed successfully – the aforementioned Argentine, McCarthy and Lukaku his most expensive buys (recent arrival Oumar Niasse has yet to have the chance to prove himself).
Meanwhile, what misfires he has made, are generally low-cost, speculative attempts such as the free transfer acquisitions of Antolin Alcaraz, or the purchase of Aiden McGeady for £2m or less.