The role of Director of Football Marcel Brands is anything but subtle at Everton.

Responsible for sourcing, managing, negotiating and finalising new talent for the club, the health and future of the squad is arguably dependent on him and his backroom team.

His name may as well be bandied around with Carlo Ancelotti himself in terms of importance in sporting matters – but the Dutchman’s fame precedes his stint on Merseyside.

Brands developed his reputation as a recruitment guru chiefly in the Dutch Eredivisie, where he himself was a player for 17 years.

Brands spent his entire career in the Netherlands, with three notable stints with RKC Waalwijk standing out, but it was his post-playing career which has put him on the wider footballing map.

Having spent time at both AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven, Brands then made the move to Everton following Steve Walsh’s departure shortly after Sam Allardyce’s exit from Goodison Park in 2018.

Brands didn’t come without a track record – so how well do you know his career and the players uncovered by the 58-year-old? Take our quiz below and put your knowledge to the test!

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When was Brands appointed as technical director at AZ Alkmaar?