exemplified by Everton in the Community.
On the pitch: the School of Science.
exemplified by fielding an academy graduate in the first team for over 1,000 consecutive games.
We tried to run before we could walk with the Koeman appointment, and the scatter gun approach to buying a combination of PL "proven" players (Williams, Bolasie, Rooney, Siggy, Keane, Walcott) foreign imports (Klaassen, Ramirez, Vlasic, Tosun), and young talent (Lookman, Onyekuru).
In the past we've been very successful at developing talent:
Jagielka, Baines, Cahill, Pienaar, Arteta, Lescott, Rodwell, Stones, Lukaku
All players who we bought for good value, and either got many years of excellent service from or sold for a profit (I guess Pienaar doesn't really count on this, but he's a good example of how high quality foreign players would see Everton as a good career choice).
My hope with Walsh was that we'd be doing this on a bigger scale, with a wider talent pool to work with. That the very best of Europe's 22-24 would be keen to sign for us because they would be playing PL football, maybe European football, getting matches, developing, possibly leaving but if so to a top club such that it's win win.
But it's clear we're trying to create a Director of Football model, and I think that's the right way. Hopefully Brands is awesome, and we learn from the mistakes. But there is an identity there to work with.
: on sky at the weekend, but what is our
: identity for you
: is it the plucky have a go paupers of Moyes
: era ?
: Is it the Peoples Club ?
: Is it a top club that has lost its way ?
: What is Everton's identity for you ?.