The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club will shortly address the left-back issue which plagued them for the majority of the previous campaign, and recent reports have given them reason to believe a deal is looming on the horizon.
According to Sky Sports, Everton are interested in signing Hertha Berlin’s Marvin Plattenhardt (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) this summer. Any potential deal for the 26-year-old may need to be placed on hold until after the World Cup as he has travelled to Russia with the German national side.
Plattenhardt is not expected to start ahead of Jonas Hector during the tournament, but an injury or suspension to FC Koln’s star could allow the Everton supporters to see their potential signing in action.
In response to reports, the Everton supporters have taken to Twitter to call for their club to complete a deal for his services as a long-term replacement for the ageing Leighton Baines.
With Baines now something of a veteran at 33-years-old and Cuco Martina simply below the level which is required to succeed in the Premier League, it seems a fitting window for Everton to complete the signing of a quality left-back.
Plattenhardt’s free-kick taking ability seems to be the overriding quality which is exciting the Everton supporters and there are certainly parallels to be drawn between the German international and Baines in that regard.
Whether he is defensively astute enough to make the step up to the Premier League remains to be seen, but it’s clear the Everton supporters are impressed enough by his attacking qualities to urge their club to conclude a deal for his services.
Here’s what the Everton fans have had to say in response to the latest reports…
Germany’s #worldcup left back, Marvin Plattenhardt , is on the verge of joining Everton. #efc director of football, Marcel Brands, has tracked the player the last few seasons and it looks like he’s finally got his man. Big signing for Marco Silva pic.twitter.com/3k9IUD1FKY
— Andrew Ryan (@scoobsfor) June 12, 2018
Watched this guy for years much better than Maldini and Roberto Carlos gets forward he's boss I'm not just saying this for likes and followers honest
— Everton moaner (@billionairesmya) June 12, 2018
Marvin Plattenhardt from Hertha Berlin then. Left back. German International. Sounds good to me! #EFC
— David Downie (@daviddownie17) June 12, 2018
Imagine, a freekick with plattenhardt and Gylfi over it. The keepers gonna have no clue where to go
— Matt (@Matthew_L8ton) June 12, 2018
Don’t let any other teams see this Looks the part
— lloyd roberts (@scousehouse06) June 12, 2018
— Alex Taylor (@alextaylor157) June 12, 2018
That’ll do for me. Sign him up
— Lemo King (@BoxxxyEFC) June 12, 2018
According to reports, Everton are interested in signing Hertha Berlin left-back Marvin Plattenhardt.
We must admit this is a very interesting approach to replacing Leighton Baines by #efc.
— The 4th Official (@Official_T4O) June 12, 2018
Would be a great signing , very good LB in the bundesliga this year wont be cheap though
— Garry (@Fozzie_PAFC) June 12, 2018