The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club will learn their lesson from the previous summer transfer window and spend their money more wisely in the coming months.
Everton spent huge sums of money during the summer transfer window of 2017 on a whole host of new players including Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen, but the new recruits failed to help the club qualify for Europe or mount a respectable challenge for the Europa League trophy. The Toffees crashed out of Europe with a whimper and they have struggled for consistency in the Premier League under Sam Allardyce since he took charge of the club in December.
Overall, it’s been a poor season for the club and it’s difficult to know who to blame, but one thing is for sure: the recruitment policy has to improve this summer for Everton to return to Europe next season. Although the season has not yet reached its conclusion, reports from The Sun suggest the club could be set to make a very shrewd acquisition by signing Jamaal Lascelles from Newcastle United.
Lascelles (valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt) is the Magpies’ captain, leader and inspiration, so there’s no doubt the club will refuse to entertain anything other than a huge offer for his services this summer. The 24-year-old has played an instrumental role in Newcastle’s development in recent months which has enabled them to climb away from the relegation zone and into the safety of mid-table obscurity.
Much to the surprise of the Newcastle supporters, Lascelles has been consistently overlooked by Gareth Southgate for England duty this season, but the player will still be holding out hope for a shock call-up ahead of the World Cup. On the evidence of his form for the Magpies, it’s fair to say he merits both the interest emerging from Everton and a call-up to the England squad, but considering the Toffees cannot offer him European football, it seems extremely unlikely that he will leave for Goodison Park this summer.
At this stage in his career Lascelles is excelling and establishing himself in the top-flight, so he has no reason to rock the boat with a transfer unless he is being offered Europa League or even Champions League football. His arrival at Goodison Park would give the club a huge opportunity of returning to Europe next season, but the fact they cannot offer him European football suggests he will remain at Newcastle this summer, unless one of the top-six come calling for his signature.
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