Like his fellow Blues, Club Ambassador Graeme Sharp was following Everton’s transfer business with interest on Thursday.
After the Toffees added Bernard, Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma to their squad on deadline day, following the captures of Richarlison, Lucas Digne and Joao Virginia earlier in the summer, the Club’s leading post war goalscrorer was left excited with the business done by boss Marco Silva, Director of Football Marcel Brands and Everton's executive team.
He spoke to evertonfc.com on why those additions can get Evertonians off their seats this season…
"The transfer window is always an important time in the season, and it is great to see new players come into the building and add to the team.
"We saw the likes of Bernard and Yerry Mina come into the Club on Thursday and then made it four with the loan additions of Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma.
"He is another attacking player who will hopefully add to the squad. He has got pedigree. You look at the teams Gomes has played for, starting off in Portugal with Benfica before moving to Spain with Valencia. I know Gary Neville speaks very highly of him having managed him. From there, he has got his move to Barcelona and, okay, it might not have worked out there but there is no doubting him as a talented player. Hopefully we now see that on a regular basis here at Everton.
"The fact that three of our new signings have come from Barcelona is not bad is it! Of course, we hope now that they can replicate the form that they have shown to earn their moves to the Nou Camp in the first place, and we can see it week in and week out in the Premier League here at Everton.
"We know how tough the Premier League is but when you arrive with the resumés that these new lads have, you know it is something to look forward to. Hopefully the three lads from Barcelona, plus the addition of Richarlison – another flair player – and Digne, will have fans on the edge of their seats. If they do then we can be hopeful of a successful season.
"I am sure the supporters are excited by the transfer window we have had. We needed to add players but also trim the squad and we have done that. The manager stressed that as soon as he came on board and when you look at it as a whole, Evertonians can be happy with the business done this summer.
"There have been a lot of dealings gone on for Marco and Marcel Brands but they have looked at the squad and made the changes that they wanted. From that point of view, it looks like a successful transfer window for us and hopefully the players that we have been able to bring in can go on and flourish here.
"It’s great that we can now put that the transfer window to bed and focus on kicking off our season at Wolves on Saturday.
"However you look at it, deadline day is mad and a crazy time. But that’s part and parcel of football nowadays and it is nice to be involved in it. The fact that we have got the new lads on board gives the fans expectations, so here’s hoping we can start off with a win at Molineux today."