Everton supporters have been more buoyant in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side record back-to-back Premier League victories over West Ham and Huddersfield Town in recent times, the latter one of which the first under new boss Sam Allardyce.
The former England manager was named as Ronald Koeman’s successor last Thursday and led the team against David Wagner’s Terriers on Saturday, in which they produced a solid enough display to see off the Yorkshire outfit. Goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sealed the win for the Toffees, a result which moved them up to tenth place in the Premier League table, and eight points clear of Crystal Palace, who occupy the final relegation spot.
Consequently, there have been many upbeat Evertonians in the Tavern this week, many of whom are eagerly anticipating the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday in the hope that their team can finally win at Liverpool for the first time since 1999.
In the meantime though, many of our resident Toffees fans are turning their attentions to the January transfer window, and who their side should sign in a bid to start challenging again for the European places.
And one name that has repeatedly cropped up is that of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who was reportedly close to making a move to Goodison Park over the summer, only for no deal to materialise.
Yet, given the Frenchman’s struggles for first team football at the Emirates Stadium, and how much of a great fit he’d be at Everton, it’s a deal the Toffees must seek to resurrect in January if they are to challenge for the European spots.
Ultimately, the 31-year-old has started just eight games for Arsene Wenger’s side this season, two of which have come in the Carabao Cup, but none in their 15 Premier League encounters so far, despite coming off the bench in 12 of those games.
Thus, Giroud isn’t getting the first team football he would like, and as such he could well be regretting turning down Everton in the summer, as there’s little doubt given their striking woes that he would have started the vast majority of their league games this term.
And when one looks at the strengths of previous Allardyce teams, namely a physical presence up top in terms of a target man, it could be a match made in heaven for the Frenchman, who will harbour hopes of making Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad in the summer.
But that can surely only happen if Giroud is playing regularly, and given that he has yet to start a Premier League game this term, and barring injuries isn’t likely to a for a while yet, that’s not going to happen at Arsenal.
But in an Allardyce side at Everton, where striking options are limited, the 30-year-old could well command the minutes required, as well as produce the sort of goal-scoring form which could not only interest France manager Deschamps, but also fire the Toffees towards the European spots.
Thus, they must resurrect a deal for the £19.8 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) in the New Year.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!