At the start of 2017-18 season, Everton were shooting for the stars with the ambitious appointment of Ronald Koeman. The club owners showed great faith in the new manager, who signed a host of players by spending big.
However, the plan failed to take off as Everton struggled for points before an uninspiring Koeman was sacked. Sam Allardyce managed to steady the ship, only to be sacked at the end of the season as Everton, again, look to aim for the stars.
As Everton gear up for the upcoming season, we take a look at 3 former transfer targets the club should revisit this summer to reach next level.
Everton could do with another striker full of pace and physicality. Cenk Tosun has arrived as a good option but the club needs to strengthen its attacking options further in order to challenge for bigger things in England.
Moreover, Sandro’s underwhelming first season has also cast doubts among the fans. The club hierarchy must be wondering if they should replace the misfit Spaniard.
Raul Jimenez was strongly linked with Everton last year and the Benfica forward should be on club’s radar this year as well. The £45m-rated Mexican striker is known for his hold up play and aerial ability.
The heartbeat of most Hoffenheim attacks, Demirbay has been a target for Everton in the past. The German playmaker has been crucial in his club’s successive CL qualifications.
His driving runs from the midfield along with his great work rate make him a very difficult player to deal with. Demirbay’s dribbling ability and quality on set-pieces are the highlights of his game. He reportedly has a €32m (£28m) release clause.
Ever since Ross Barkley left for Chelsea, the Merseyside club has been missing innovation and energy in the middle of the park. Given his heroics in Bundesliga, Demirbay appears to be a more than capable replacement for Barkley.
Everton were in for Leicester’s Demarai Gray last season and the club really wanted the 21-year-old sensation.
However, the high valuation of the winger by Leicester seemed to have put off the deal. Gray is a live wire with frightening pace and flair. The English youth star also has an eye for the goal, which makes him an important player on the wings.
If Everton manage to bag the player, they could be having two of the swiftest wingers in Gray and Walcott on the wings.