Everton have confirmed their first signing of what will surely be another crucial transfer window for the club.

After spending two years at Huddersfield in the Premier League, Jonas Lossl will make the switch to Goodison Park when his deal with the relegated side officially expires at the end of June - moving to the Blues on a free transfer.

It might not be the most exciting move the club have made in the last few years, but there's no doubting that it is a smart move for everyone involved.

As already mentioned, this is set to be another important period for Everton as they continue down the path Marco Silva and Marcel Brands have set the club on.

 

The project was clearly laid out last summer - bring quality young players into the club for the rights prices, while also attempting to clear out a lot of the deadwood already clogging up large portions of the wage bill.

That plan was certainly achieved, but this transfer window will see similar requirements necessary to be able to push the Blues onto the next level.

Everton fans are well aware that the club need to make quality additions in a lot of positions over the pitch, and undoubtedly big money will have to be spent to make sure that happens.

So, why is the first signing of the summer a free transfer?

Jonas Lossl will become Everton's first signing of the summer

The answers becomes very clear when you look at the Blues' priorities over the next few months.

Silva and Brands clearly need to improve a lot of positions in the current squad - but goalkeeper was probably fairly far down that list.

Jordan Pickford has established himself as not just Everton's No.1, but England's as well. There aren't many in the Premier League who would be able to pry that position off the 25-year-old right now.

But it is clear he needs some competition, which he isn't getting at Goodison Park at the minute.

Maarten Stekelenburg was restricted to just two League Cup appearances last term and didn't impress in either, while Joao Virginia starred for the U23s but wouldn't be ready for first team football yet.

 

Here though is the option for Everton to bring in a player with two years of Premier League experience already under his belt, someone who knows the rigours of being a No. 1 and who is at a good age for a goalkeeper. All for free.

It's a no-brainer to improve that position for as little amount of money as possible, opening up more of the budget to be used in areas of the pitch that require much more investment.

And there's little doubt Lossl is certainly an improvement.

Huddersfield fans are sad to see the Danish shot-stopper go, as he was one of the only players to keep a consistent performance level for them as they were consigned to relegation - through no fault of the goalkeeper's.

Jonas Lossl of Huddersfield Town celebrates saving Mohamed Salah's penalty with Danny Williams and Mathias Jorgensen
Jonas Lossl of Huddersfield Town celebrates saving Mohamed Salah's penalty with Danny Williams and Mathias Jorgensen

Of course, Pickford himself came from a relegated side to Goodison Park, and he very quickly won over the Blues faithful with his impressive displays.

Having solid back-up options is a must for sides in the Premier League, especially those with real ambitions of European competition in the future.

Everton will need more than one goalkeeper, which means Lossl will absolutely get his chance over the next season. He might not be No. 1 like he was at Huddersfield, but he is still a Premier League player.

 

This move does bring into question the future of Stekelenburg, while Virginia will surely have the chance either to continue his brilliant development in the U23s or the door could be open to a potential loan move for the exciting shot-stopper.

In any case, the Blues have backed up an important position in the side while still keeping their whole transfer budget in tact.

This could yet prove to be an extremely shrewd piece of business from the club.

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