Everton acquisition likely to cause anger in Liege

With the imminent purchase of Everton by 777 reported in various media outlets, there will certainly be a few angry words amongst Standard Liege fans over the weekend. The side currently have just one point from four games, as well as one goal. Fans have been desperate for an influx of new players, however the funds have not been there from the owners. They prefer that clubs are self-sufficient, by no means a bad thing, however for a side that used to challenge at the top of the table, this has caused plenty of frustration. So far this summer, Standard have brought in a number of young players on free’s, with a few cut price deals for other players.

Many in Liege will question how 777 can afford to purchase Everton and keep them competitive in the Premier League, while not being able to give their club a financial boost that could allow them to bring in players to push for a top six place. Currently, the side look more like a bottom four team than one that will be fighting for European places. This is one of the reasons that led to the departure of Ronny Deila to Club Brugge. Everyone had noted that the former Celtic head coach had worked wonders with the lack of investment from above to make the play-offs last season. Yet when he asked for future assurances of signing players for the 2023/2024 season, none were forthcoming. Deila has since left to join Club Brugge, who are currently top of the league.

Standard face Kortrijk this weekend, the only side without a win in the Pro League this season. Failing to beat Kortrijk, alongside the Everton take over and lack of investment in Standard could put real pressure on 777 and those in charge of the club.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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