A Dutch newspaper has accused Everton’s Director of Football Steve Walsh of creating a ‘swamp’ at Everton with his ineffective transfer business.
The Toffees were praised for taking Walsh from Leicester after he bought Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante for small fees but he has struggled at Everton.
They have not bought a replacement for sold striker Romelu Lukaku, while summer signings Davy Klaasen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Sandro Ramirez have struggled.
Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad claim (and we are grateful to Sport Witness for the translation):
‘The inability of Technical Director Steve Walsh, hijacked from Leicester City, led to chaos. The discoverer of revelations like N’Golo Kanté and Riyad Mahrez appeared to be green at the negotiating table.
‘Koeman was still short of a successor for Romelu Lukaku and a left-wing defender at the end of August, but largely received footballers for whom the Premier League came too early.
‘The incapable technical director Walsh caused a swamp, from which the coach did not find a way out fast enough.’
They do not absolve Koeman of blame, admitting that his demeanour meant he was seen by players as ‘arrogant, distant, clinical and with little tact’.