Everton appears poised to turn things around after a trying few years under Farhad Moshiri’s ownership, as 777 Partners approaches its takeover.
After submitting all necessary paperwork to the Financial Conduct Authority, the Football Association, and the Premier League, the American investment firm is optimistic that their takeover will be authorized by the end of 2023 [BBC Sport, 9 November].
If the takeover goes through as planned, the new Everton owners will need to decide on a number of important matters, one of which is how to handle the January transfer window. However, 777 should also be formulating a strategy to make Jack Harrison’s Goodison Park loan assignment permanent.
The winger is projected to fetch £30 million from Leeds United, and it doesn’t seem like the Toffees have the money to spend that much on a single player right now [Paul Brown, 11 November]. That might, however, soon alter if 777 Partners acquires the company.
The Miami-based business should act swiftly to draft an agreement to retain Harrison’s services from Leeds when the current season concludes if they have the financial means to make his stay on Merseyside permanent.
Despite Everton having little possession of the ball, the 26-year-old was an immensely creative force against Crystal Palace on Saturday, November 11. Harrison produced two opportunities despite having just 39 touches with the ball [Fotmob].
In the first few minutes of the game, Vitalii Mykolenko scored the game’s first goal thanks to one of those opportunities that was judged to be a huge one for the Englishman. The winger finds a teammate with two of his three balls into the area at Selhurst Park. He is a superb ball crosser from the right wing.
Harrison has contributed to four goals in his first six Premier League games for Sean Dyche’s team, with one goal and three assists. He has given the Toffees’ right flank assault another level of complexity that wasn’t always there in the previous campaign.
This team is starting to take on more of a Dyche mold and exhibit traits that we have come to expect from the former Burnley manager. Harrison has played a significant role in that growth thus far this season.
If 777 Partners were to allow Harrison to return to Elland Road at the end of the season, it would be a grave error that might undo Dyche’s progress from the beginning.
Although a deal with Leeds does not have to be reached in January, nor does there need to be a haste to complete the transfer, 777 and Everton need to start planning how they will raise the necessary £30 million.