Why signing Michy Batshuayi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be a coup for Everton
Everton, despite a spending splurge last summer, failed to deliver under Ronald Koeman which eventually resulted in the Dutchman’s dismissal.
The appointment of veteran Sam Allardyce helped the Toffees gain momentum but his stint did not last long despite claiming a top-half finish, as his mundane brand of football caused a frenzy of rage among the supporters.
The management, therefore, parted ways with the Englishman upon completion of the previous term. His departure paved way for young Portuguese gaffer Marco Silva, who has had a couple of short yet promising spells with Hull City and Watford in recent years.
Silva, however, has suffered a massive blow in signing young Selecao sensation Malcom, who has reportedly snubbed Everton’s offer to join AS Roma, forcing the new Goodison chief to switch his sights somewhere else.
Amid rumours of a move for Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck, the Toffees are also eyeing a double swoop for Chelsea duo Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Michy Batshuayi, both of whom were surplus to requirements for the Blues last season. However, they impressed on loan at Crystal Palace and Borussia Dortmund respectively, earning them international call-ups for their nations in the recent World Cup.
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is yet to decide the future of the promising duo but the abundance of resources in the middle of the park at Chelsea might force Loftus-Cheek to move out and settle in elsewhere.
The 22-year-old enjoyed an exquisite World Cup run, and Everton, who need a creative and composed midfield option to pull the strings from the centre of the pitch, would benefit if they successfully wrap up a deal. Loftus-Cheek, alongside Gylfi Sigurdsson, will offer enough strength to dominate the show and create chances to score goals.
Batshuayi, the 24-year-old Belgian centre-forward, was also handed a fringe status in West London but he rediscovered his goalscoring form in the aftermath of a winter loan to Borussia Dortmund.
He ended up scoring 9 times in 14 appearances for the Bundesliga giants but despite that, he might still find his game time limited at Chelsea.
The Toffees, on the other hand, will vastly rely on Cenk Tosun in front of the goal with the young Dominic Calvert-Lewin as his only alternative.
Silva has often preferred a 4-4-2 set-up in his previous clubs and deploying Batshuayi, alongside the Turkish international, will offer the Merseysiders a massive boost in their quest to challenge for a place in Europe.
With less than a month remaining for the new season to kick-off, Everton must speed up the chase of their preferred targets and form a formidable team under the new boss, who is eyeing to make things stable at Goodison Park after years of turmoil.