Everton do not need big rebuild, claims Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti says he has the green light to invest in his Everton squad, but does not believe big changes are required to challenge for the top four.
After a promising start to his Goodison reign, Monday’s insipid defeat at Tottenham Hotspur was a reality check and the Italian did not disguise his disappointment with what he described a “lack of spirit and intensity” at Spurs.
Despite the financial impact of Covid-19, Ancelotti says his board will back him to freshen up the squad this summer, although he believes there is a foundation in place.
“The base is already there – we have a lot of young players, with a lot of quality,” he said. “We don’t need [players] for the future. I think we are going to improve the squad, but without a lot of changes.”
Asked about a name that has cropped up regularly – James Rodriguez,
who followed Ancelotti from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich on loan – he sought to temper expectations as to which market Everton would be operating in.
“He followed me as a rumour to Napoli and now he is following me as a rumour to Everton,” Ancelotti said. “I like him a lot, but I think he will still be a Real Madrid player.”
Everton face Southampton tonight aware they can afford no more slips if they are to retain European qualifying hopes.
“We can improve the mentality of the squad to compete better with the top six teams in the Premier League,” Ancelotti said. “I am satisfied with my team, but some games showed us where we can improve.”