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Fortunately midwinter Goodison will feel like The Maracana to Sean Longstaff. nt.
“When you have a player, with the situation we have, that can be available for 50% of the games overall in the Premier League it’s not something we can manage easily,” the Everton manager said.
“The reality now is that the player is happy because he has an option and he is pleased with that. We had to maximise our resources. We could see the injury record and the thing that we would need for the team. Hopefully we can use this move for another kind of player that will be fine for us. Hopefully he is happy, he will score goals and can play well there, but it is something that we needed to do to be sure that we could move forward.”
Benítez confirmed he would have money in January as a result of Rodríguez’s departure but wants Everton’s transfer strategy to change.
“We have an owner that wants to spend money,” he said. “After my last experience in the Premier League, not spending any money [at Newcastle], it is great to have owners with this spirit. Now it is important that when the new transfer window arrives, we are ready. We know what we need.
“ We have to bring the balance between top-class players and the players that want to be here. They want to be here in the winter, when it is snowing and when it is cold, not just during the summer. Players who really have the passion and desire to fight for us. But they also need the quality to make a difference. It has to be players who will perform. Not just bringing in names .”
Fed up of us paying top dollar and top wages to see players strolling around.