Everton legend Neville Southall has now shared his thoughts on the club’s under-construction stadium amid the need for a squad rebuild.

The Toffees are currently building a 52,888-seater stadium on the banks of the river Mersey due to open during the 2024/25 season.

Taking to Twitter, the former Welsh international stated: “Having a brand new state of the art stadium will be like having the best fish tank in the world but putting dead fish in. Team first stadium second.”

Views Of New Everton Stadium Under Construction
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Indeed, it will no doubt be one of the most impressive stadiums in Europe, as Everton move from Goodison Park for the first time in over a century.

However, Everton have survived relegation by the skin of their teeth for two consecutive seasons, and Southall’s tweet shows his belief that investment in the squad must be prioritised.

Southall comments may divide Blues, as both stadium and squad investment are of great importance to transitioning Everton

Everton face an enormous summer as Sean Dyche looks to rebuild a squad in desperate need of investment, and few would argue that the team must come first.

Indeed, Neville Southall is a winner and Everton’s most decorated individual, peaking during an era when the club were hoovering up trophies in the mid-1980’s.

Everton 1984 FA Cup Wwinners
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However, the Everton of the modern game are unrecognisable to the one Southall played in and having a state-of-the-art stadium would count for little should the club continue to decline.

The need for a squad reboot is clear, though the new stadium at the Bramley-Moore Dock is one example of Everton investing well in its future, and will be an exciting development in the history of the club.

While the stadium build continues, Everton must ensure that we have a squad to be proud of by the time it is finished, beginning with supporting Sean Dyche in the transfer window this summer.