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QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

Stubbs urges fans not to panic over lack of summer signings.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

Alan Stubbs has argued it is quality over quantity in the transfer market that matters for the Blues this summer.

Last week David Moyes revealed his frustration at the nature of the market this summer and slammed the irresponsible buying and spending by some clubs.

With Phil Jagielka, the solitary purchase of the close season so far, Stubbs has urged fans to be patient in the quest for new additions to the Toffees’ squad.

“Personally, I would rather we bring in one quality player than four okay players,” said Stubbs.

“You run the risk of bringing in players you aren’t 100% sure about and you aren’t too sure about whether to put them in the team as you might not think they are up to it.

“The manager has to weigh that up, and I’m sure if the prices were right and the money was there, he’d be buying players.”

With the forthcoming Uefa Cup campaign on the horizon, there is a greater need for strength in depth but the defender believes spending big does not guarantee success.

“The fans have seen the transition we’ve had over the last few years, we’re making strides in the right direction and a lot of them are happy about that,” said the centre-back.

“But when you see clubs who you could say are not as big as Everton spending money, they are looking at that and wondering where the money is. Maybe the greater sense of expectation from the fans for this season is making them even more frustrated that we haven’t made many new signings.

“But we’ve seen a lot of clubs spend a lot of money in recent years, and lot of them have come unstuck. Teams try and buy their way to a position in the league."

He added: “We do need numbers, but we have to be careful not to simply do that.

“You can easily get caught in the trap of bringing in four or five players that makes the numbers better but not the quality.”

 

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