The Everton fans were feeling positive in the Transfer Tavern this weekend after watching their side record their third successive home victory in the Premier League.
Sam Allardyce’s future and his unpopularity amongst the supporters dominated the pre-match narrative in the build-up to Everton’s clash with Brighton last weekend, but the post-match discussion took a much more positive tone after The Toffees recorded a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park, courtesy of an own goal from Gaetan Bong and a second goal in as many games for Cenk Tosun.
Everton’s fixture saw Yannick Bolasie continue his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury as he played 78 minutes on his 5th league start of the season. Bolasie is yet to get off the mark with either an assist or a goal since he returned to first-team football, but that should not overly concern the supporters considering the severity of his recent injury problem.
However, the club would be wise to push Bolasie by signing a player to compete with him for a starting berth next season, and one player who they should certainly have their eye on is the Brazilian winger Kenedy (valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt) who is currently playing his trade at Newcastle United on loan from Chelsea.
Since signing for The Magpies, Kenedy has injected attacking intensity and flair into a club which was lacking inspiration in the final-third prior to his arrival, and he continued to impress last weekend by bagging a brace against Southampton at St James’ Park. The extent of his impact has already convinced Rafa Benitez that Newcastle should sign him on a permanent deal next summer according to The Northern Echo.
Considering the 22-year-old Brazilian appears to be surplus to requirements at Chelsea, he should become available to leave on a permanent transfer when the season reaches its conclusion, so Everton should monitor his progress for the remainder of the season before going head-to-head with Newcastle for his signature in the summer.
Everton fans – thoughts?
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