Everton had appeared to be on the right track under Sam Allardyce but a diabolical display last time out saw the former Bolton and West Ham manager fuming with his side, as they succumbed to a 5-1 loss at a rejuvinated Arsenal.
The Toffees simply were not at the races, and despite a couple of January additions to add to a wealth of talent brought in during the summer, Allardyce’s men are not quite out of trouble just yet.
Here in the Tavern, our punters have been discussing some of the hot topics around Everton, and one player who kept being mentioned this month was Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen, who has struggled massively and turned down a January move to Napoli.
Our landlord thinks the Dutchman could well be on his way in the summer, but he thinks Allardyce need only look into the Championship and Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney to be his ideal replacement.
The former Hull man has been sensational for the Cottagers over the past 18 months and looks well on his way to the top flight, either with Fulham or by way of a summer move.
Cairney would have no problem adapting to life at Goodison and is the sort of player who could well have a point to prove. While Cairney would be in competition from the likes of Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson for a starting berth, his talent would see him prevail.
Tremendous on the ball, with excellent dead ball delivery and a wicked long range shot on him, Cairney would be a superb signing on Merseyside.