Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are relishing the summer transfer window given their side’s ultimately underwhelming Premier League campaign, which saw the club finish in eighth place in the table.
The Toffees ended up with just 49 points from their 38 matches, which was 12 points fewer than they achieved in finishing seventh under Ronald Koeman the season before. And having spent in excess of £100 million during the close season 12 months ago, our resident Evertonians are hoping their team can invest better this time round in a bid to finally bridge the gap to the top six, which stands at 14 points at the conclusion of this campaign.
And with Sam Allardyce relieved of his duties last week, there are some positive Toffees fans in the Tavern ahead of new season, one which could see Wilfried Zaha line up for the club if recent reports are anything to go by.
And were the Merseysiders to indeed land the £22.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), it would represent the calibre of signing they need to make if they are to propel into top six contention next time round.
Ultimately, the 25-year-old has proven to be one of the most influential attackers outside of the Premier League’s top six in the last few seasons, with his form helping Crystal Palace to twice stave off the very real threat of relegation.
Zaha bagged seven goals and laid on 11 assists to help Sam Allardyce’s side avoid the drop last term, before backing that up with nine goals and five assists this time round to inspire Roy Hodgson’s men to safety – clearly, the Eagles owe him a great deal.
Unsurprisingly, his form for the London-based outfit has reportedly attracted interest from the upper echelons of the division, and that’s likely because Zaha appears to have found a consistency to his game to more often than not produce the goods – that wasn’t the case a few years back.
As such, with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City thought to be keen, he is clearly the calibre of signing that Everton have to make if they are to challenge the aforementioned trio alongside Manchester United, Tottenham, and Arsenal.
Down the flanks, Theo Walcott has performed solidly since his January move from the Gunners, but Yannick Bolasie has looked a shadow of the player that impressed prior to injury – thus, Zaha would significantly bolster the first team at Goodison Park.
And with the Toffees struggling for flair, creativity, and ultimately goals in the first half of the campaign, it’s clear that they are lacking something in the final third, that something that Zaha would serve to provide.
As such, the 25-year-old represents exactly the calibre of signing Everton should be seeking to make this term, which is why they have to fend off the competition to land the Ivory Coast international.
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