Nuno Espirito Santo is interested in bringing Wolves pair Pedro Neto and Conor Coady to Goodison Park, should he take the Everton hotseat [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: Everton still technically without a manager with pre-season around the corner
Technically, the Toffees are still managerless since the shock exit of former boss Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid at the start of this month [BBC].
Despite this, the Merseyside outfit have still been linked with the likes of Matheus Nunes and Danilo D’Ambrosio as they look to prepare for the 2021/22 season. However, attention now seems to have turned towards Neto and Coady as they step up their summer recruitment drive in the North-West.
Would Coady and Neto be good additions for the Blues?
The Latest: Toffees size up a triple deal of Espirito Santo, Coady and Neto
As it stands, the Portuguese manager is in ‘advanced talks’ to take the reigns at Everton ahead of pre-season [Guardian].
Subsequently, he is rumoured to view his two former players as figures who could improve the quality of an Everton side that narrowly missed out on European football in 2020/21 [Football Insider], after keeping pace for most of the campaign [Sky Sports].
However, the Blues may face some hurdles in order to obtain their desired pair. Rumoured to be paying considerable wages to select first-teamers, they may have to move a few players on in order to access funds for Neto and Coady.
The Verdict: Neto and Coady would be quality additions to the Goodison Park fold
There is little doubt that the two internationals would improve an Everton squad that is in need of fresh impetus. Last season, Wolves captain Coady made 40 appearances for the West Midlands side; registering a solitary goal [Transfermarkt].
More impressively, the defender showed his domineering nature as a centre-back regularly for Wolves, making an average of 3.5 clearances every 90 minutes for the Wanderers [WhoScored].
On the other hand, £16 million signing Neto managed 11 goal contributions across 36 games for his current employers; five goals and six assists [Transfermarkt]. Whilst across the year, he obtained a consistently higher matchday rating than anyone else in the Wolves squad, equating to 7.11 out of 10 across the 2020/21 campaign [WhoScored].
As Everton look ahead, Neto and Coady could bring familiarity and quality for their prospective manager to utilise. The Blues should look to try everything they can to get the deals over the line.
In other news, Barry Fry discusses a potential Everton managerial appointment.
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