Everton: Toffees ‘expect’ to sign Conor Coady permanently
Everton reportedly ‘expect’ to sign Conor Coady on a permanent deal from Wolves this summer.
The Lowdown: Impressive loan
Coady has impressed on loan at Goodison Park so far, having played in every game that he has been available in the Premier League, with Everton boasting the second-best defensive record in the bottom half of the table.
Hailed as having ‘quality‘ and leadership by pundit Noel Whelan, the six-foot-one central defender has formed a formidable new partnership with James Tarkowski, which the Merseysiders will hope continues to flourish as they look to avoid relegation down to the Championship.
The Latest: Expected to sign
As per Football Insider, the Toffees ‘expect’ to sign Coady permanently this summer, as they have a £4.5m option to buy.
They ‘fully intend’ to trigger that option, with Sean Dyche a ‘big admirer’ of the 30-year-old’s experience and leadership.
Coady is thought to be ‘very happy’ at Goodison, and is ‘eager’ himself for the deal to go through.
The Verdict: No-brainer
Signing Coady on a permanent deal for £4.5m is surely a no-brainer for the Blues.
The England international has been a standout performer, ranking highly among his team-mates for average aerial duels won as well as interceptions, clearances, blocks and passes per game, as well as contributing a goal and an assist at the other end of the pitch (WhoScored).
If worse comes to worst and Everton are relegated, Coady at least possesses plenty of Championship experience, and could help bring them straight back up like he did with Wolves.
Nonetheless, the Toffees will not want to be thinking about relegation right now, and instead focus on staying up come the end of the season.