The Lowdown: Everton missed out
The Toffees appointed Sean Dyche on January 30th, leaving the club with a small window of opportunity to bring in some players for the new manager on deadline day, but they were unable to get any deals over the line.
Kamaldeen Sulemana chose a move to Southampton rather than Everton, while they were also unable to land free agent Andre Ayew after the window closed, with the forward opting for a move to Nottingham Forest.
The Latest: Whelan reacts
Speaking to Football Insider about the recent ongoings at Goodison Park, Whelan said:“I think the Everton fans have got every right to be frustrated.
“They’ve just sold their best player and got no one to replace him when they’re in a relegation fight.
“They’ve got a good result which might gloss over it, but where’s the positive in that?
“I think Dyche is trying to steady the ship and get the fans onside. They need everyone behind the players to get out of this.
“I’m not sure there’s enough talent in the squad to push themselves up the league.
“He knows what they’ve got to work with now – but he’ll be disappointed not to get someone in.
The Verdict: New additions needed?
While Everton’s previous Premier League form may have indicated that some new signings were needed, they already looked a much-improved side under the helm of Dyche last weekend, defeating league-leaders Arsenal 1-0 at Goodison Park.
The current crop of players ran 72.8 miles for their new boss, more than two miles further than they have in any other game in the top flight this season, indicating that they are committed to turning their form around in the second half of the campaign.
Failing to secure a replacement for Anthony Gordon is a very disappointing development, however, and the only option now is to to try and sign an attacking option as a free agent in the coming days, with Isco recently emerging as an option.