The Everton fans are feeling nervous in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their side’s trip to face Stoke City at the Bet 365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Sam Allardyce’s side are currently on an abysmal run of form away from home in the Premier League with no win on the road since they beat Newcastle at St James Park on the 13th of December. Since then, Everton have lost 6 and drawn 1 of their following 7 away fixtures, but they have managed to stay clear of a relegation scrap this season due to their home form which is vastly superior.
However, Everton’s form on the road has made Allardyce an increasingly unpopular figure amongst The Toffees faithful, so his future at the club seems uncertain at this moment in time. It’s likely that the hierarchy at the club will need to reconsider their options once the season reaches its conclusion to ensure the ambitions of the club match those of Allardyce.
Considering the heights Everton have achieved in the past, the board will presumably want their club to challenge for the top-six next season, but regardless of who is in charge, they will need to bolster their options across the park in order to turn that dream into a reality. One area in which they are desperately in need of new recruits is in wide positions, as Allardyce only has Yannick Bolasie and Theo Walcott to chose from on both wings.
With that being said, Everton should consider making an audacious bid to hijack their local-rivals move for Real Madrid’s tricky wide man, namely Lucas Vazquez (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt). According to The Daily Mirror, Vazquez is a transfer target for both Liverpool and Arsenal this summer, but their interest should do nothing to deter a potential bid from The Toffees.
The 26-year-old winger has been in excellent form for Los Blancos this season with 7 goals and 13 assists from 40 appearances in all-competitions so far. Although he has made plenty of appearances this season, it must be considered that the majority were from the substitutes bench. He has struggled to hold down a first-team place due to the intense competition that naturally arrives whilst playing for the Spanish giants, but his lack of opportunity is a problem that could easily be rectified at Goodison Park.
As things stand, Everton are in desperate need of bolstering their options in wide areas, so the promise of first-team opportunities would be an easy one for the club to make to Vazquez. Considering the level of quality Liverpool and Arsenal have in wide areas it will be impossible for them to guarantee Vazquez that he will be a first-team regular, so Everton would have a huge advantage over their rivals if they eventually decide to pursue the Spanish international.