Still residing in the enviable shadow of their fierce Merseyside rivals, Everton are a club that have struggled to level up from a football standpoint in the last few years.
Despite the managerial appointment of Carlo Ancelotti in 2019, the team haven’t been able to produce the sort of results that are worthy of a place among Europe’s elite in the Champions League.
However, their transfer dealings are fairly interesting to view from a fan perspective, as they are occasionally linked with some quality players.
But it’s important to be able to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to transfer stories, which is why I developed a media source rating system tailored to Everton football club.
Let’s take a closer look at it below…
Everton transfer tier of reliability
|Name||Media Outlet / Country||Tier Ranking||Reliability Rating|
|Official Club Source||www.evertonfc.com||Tier 0|
|Dominic King||Daily Mail||Tier 1|
|Phil Kirkbride||Liverpool Echo||Tier 1|
|David Prentice||Liverpool Echo||Tier 1|
|Adam Jones||Liverpool Echo||Tier 1|
|Paul Joyce||The Times||Tier 1|
|Phil McNulty||BBC Sports||Tier 2|
|Andy Hunter||The Guardian||Tier 2|
|Rob Tanner||The Guardian||Tier 2|
|Alan Myers||Sky Sports||Tier 2|
|Chris Bascombe||The Telegraph||Tier 2|
|Liverpool Echo||United Kingdom||Tier 2|
|David Maddock||Daily Mirror||Tier 3|
|The Athletic||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|Gianluca Di Marzio||Italy||Tier 3|
|Jim White||Sky Sports||Tier 3|
|Sky Sports||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|The Guardian||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|The Telegraph||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|The Times||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|The Esk||Twitter: @theesk||Tier 4|
|Sports Witness||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|Goal.com||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|Matt Law||The Telegraph||Tier 4|
|The Sun||United Kingdom||Tier 5|
To begin with, there haven’t been many amendments to this latest iteration of the guide on Everton transfer reliability.
Even though Marcel Brands is the club’s current sporting director, it looks as though the owner Farhad Moshiri still pulls the strings when it comes to defining transfer targets.
This translates into not much of anything changing with regard to journalists and media outlets moving up and down the tiers as the same decision making process is still largely in place, meaning that those in the loop continue to be informed before anyone else.
Therefore, original reporting from the Liverpool Echo is still considered trustworthy, particularly when it comes to Phil Kirkbride, David Prentice and Adam Jones.
And you can still look to Paul Joyce – who works for The Times – as a news source on Everton’s player acquisition targets.
Outside of the slight reshuffling in tier 1, the rest of the list remains largely intact, although any adjustments will be updated accordingly when the time comes.