Everton director of football Steve Walsh gives fans insight into the inner-workings of his department's efforts to bring top quality players to the club.
Walsh, who was the talent scout responsible for bringing the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante to Leicester ahead of their Premier League winning season, admits that a large portion of his job lies in convincing Ronald Koeman that the players he and his staff have identified as transfer targets are worthwhile prospects.
However, he was quick to point out that the effort in bringing new players to the club is a collaborative one, and that only those who the Blues manager agree are valid targets will ultimately be pursued.
“We’ve got a large team of people working with me and I collate a lot of information from them,” Walsh told the Liverpool Echo.
“My department is very well run, very organised and we make sure we get as much information about the player that we possibly can. If we like the player, I’ve got to try to convince Ronald that he’s the player for us.
“It could well be that Ronald has seen the player as well, so it’s a collective decision at the end of the day.”
“Planning never stops,” Walsh continued.
“From the day the window closes until the day it opens again, you are always looking at your possibilities. We are no different.
“We’ve done a lot of work behind the scenes to get the correct information about the players. I have sat down with Ronald and gone through those. Obviously, we discuss it all the time and we want to improve things, build on what we have got. That’s the key message,” he added.