Three previously linked centre-backs that Everton should target in January
Everton were tipped by many to break the top-six lock in the Premier League this season after yet another summer of heavy recruitment that marked the arrival of marquee signings like Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi and Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
However, the fans on the blue half of Merseyside will be less than impressed with how the Toffees have performed in the Premier League this term, with Marco Silva failing to inspire the team to a positive start to the campaign.
Everton currently sit 14th in the standings after 2 wins and 3 losses in their first six league outings and, while it would be unfair to jump to a hasty conclusion so early in a 38-game season, the Toffees need to improve significantly if they are to push on and challenge for a European spot.
Much like the previous campaign, lack of goals from the centre-forwards has continued to be a nagging issue for Silva, with things hardly taking a turnaround in the positive direction even after the addition of Kean from Juventus.
Despite all his promise, the youngster is yet to open his account in the Premier League, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin has only found the net once in 5 appearances. Everton have scored only 5 goals thus far, which pretty much sums up their woes in front of goal.
As well as that, the club’s performance in the summer transfer window has come under scrutiny following a few unimpressive displays at the back, with the Toffees shipping as many as 9 goals in the league.
Everton were always going to be light in their centre-back options after they let Phil Jagielka depart and failed to bring Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma back to the club on a permanent deal.
Now, with Michael Keane and Yerry Mina struggling to build a formidable pairing at the back and young Mason Holgate the only alternative to call upon, the Toffees currently find themselves in a precarious situation.
Well, it should be a no-brainer for Everton to dip into the market for a new centre-back in January and, with that in mind, here are 3 realistic options for Marco Silva:-
1. Adama Soumaoro
The 27-year-old Lille captain was repeatedly linked with a move to Goodison Park all throughout the summer but the Toffees chose not to firm up their interest in the centre-back for some unknown reason.
Standing at 6ft. 2 inches with a strong and powerful frame, the French-born defender of Malian descent not only excels with his physicality and aerial ability but he also a good turn of pace and decent technical abilities on the ball, attributes which should suit Marco Silva’s style of playing out from the back.
At 27, the right-footed centre-back is just about to enter his prime years and Everton should definitely consider going back in the market for his services.
2. Clement Lenglet
Well, this might sound a bit unrealistic, given that the Frenchman has established himself as a stalwart at Barcelona but, as a matter of fact, Everton were interested in bringing him to the Premier League last summer before he made a move to Camp Nou from Sevilla.
The 24-year-old is very much one of the mainstays of Barca’s backline these days alongside Gerard Pique and the Catalans certainly won’t let him go on the cheap if Everton choose to reignite their interest in the former Nancy skipper.
Any deal for the French international could potentially command a club-record fee but, again, the Toffees need to show more ambition in the transfer market if they are to compete on equal terms with the big-six clubs in the Premier League.
3. Jamaal Lascelles
Lascelles has progressed at St.James’ Park by leaps and bounds over the past few years and his consistently impressive displays at the heart of the backline have made him one of the best centre-backs outside the big-six.
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The 25-year-old would be an upgrade on both of Everton’s current centre-backs, Mina and Keane, based on recent form and his homegrown status means that the fans are likely to welcome him with open arms.