Everton failed in their efforts to seal a European spot finish this season and had to settle for tenth in the Premier League standings as their campaign ended with a whimper.

 

The Toffees, under Carlo Ancelotti, have already began planning on their recruitment tactics for the upcoming summer transfer window, with a winger at the top of their transfer wish list.

 

 

However, ex-Everton star Ball has insisted bringing in just two or three new players is not going to significantly improve the Toffees’ fortunes at the top level, with the just ended season a wake-up call for director of football Marcel Brands.

 

Ball stressed that Everton need a lot of signings to reach the levels they aspire to reach, and added the club have had a stagnant existence for far too long when it comes to making real progress.

 

 

“It [the 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday] should be a wake-up call to Marcel Brands”, Ball wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.

 

“If they think we can just bring in two or three players and it will make a difference, they need to realise it won’t.

 

 

“We need a lot of signings to come into this football club, at big levels.

 

“We’ve been on this journey for far too many years now as a football club without progressing further, really, as a football club.

 

“You can say we’ve progressed slightly, but with the amount of investment Farhad Moshiri has brought to the table, there’s other clubs around us who have spent less and progressed in a better fashion, winning trophies along the way.”

 

It remains to be seen what all positions Ancelotti will look to bolster in the upcoming window in addition to a winger, with the club gearing up for another European chase in the next top flight campaign.

 

The jury is also still out on whether James Rodriguez will remain at Goodison Park.