Carlo Ancelotti under more pressure at Everton after transfer spending spree
Carlo Ancelotti admits the pressure is on to deliver success at Everton after getting the players he wanted in the transfer market.
The Toffees boss is delighted with the acquisitions of midfielders James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
The trio cost the club over £60m and now Ancelotti admits he is satisfied with his squad heading into the new campaign which kicks off for them at Tottenham tomorrow.
The Italian has not ruled out further signings but any more incomings are expected to be loan deals.
Now the pressure is on for Ancelotti to deliver European football for Everton as he plots their path to the top.
He said: “I have to be honest, the squad is good in my opinion and as I said we reached the target we had during the transfer window it put us under more pressure.
“This is absolutely normal and also fair. we want to have a competitive squad and I wanted it.
“Now I have it so it is absolutely normal I need to take more responsibility for this to bring this team to fight for the first position of the table.
“The target is clear we have to fight for the European position of the Premier League.”
The signings Everton have made are all over 27 which has displayed what Ancelotti feels his squad needed.
“I think that we decided with the club to have more experienced players because the age of the squad is young.
“The average of the squad is still 25.9 so to have more experienced players will be better and something more experience in games is really important.”
Everton had a bid for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg turned down at the end of last season before he swapped Southampton for Tottenham.
But Ancelotti insists the three signings he has made were the priority as they wanted to come to the club.
He added: “There is a key question when you talk to a player – do you really want to come?
“This is a key question, they can say, ‘Yes I really want to come’ or say, ‘Maybe I can think about it’.
“These three players they said. ‘I want to come’ and this is the reason – I want to have players who have desire to come to the club. Full stop.”