Everton supporters have been pretty relieved in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team net a last-minute equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw against Premier League strugglers Southampton on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the South Coast outfit off the back of successive victories over Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town in their preceding league encounters, yet they faced the prospect of a first defeat since March when Nathan Redmond gave the Saints the lead at Goodison Park 11 minutes into the second half. Yet the Toffees grabbed a point from proceedings thanks to Tom Davies’ goal in the 96th minute, in turn extending their unbeaten league run to five games.
Consequently, there have been many satisfied Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their team can finish an ultimately underwhelming campaign with victory at West Ham in their final match on Sunday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees supporters to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that midfielder Wayne Rooney could be on his way out of the club this summer.
Yet with reports also indicating that the Toffees are interested in Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, the Merseysiders must seek to replace one linked-away star with another during the close season.
Ultimately, despite being the club’s top goal-scorer with 11 goals this season, many feel that 32-year-old Rooney hasn’t quite been at his best for much of the campaign, with the Englishman having failed score a goal or register an assist in 2018.
And with his frustration evident at being replaced by Allardyce a few weeks ago in games against Man City and Liverpool, one senses that Rooney maybe isn’t quite enjoying life back at Goodison Park, thus calling into question his future.
And given England’s record goal-scorer has played in a variety of different midfield roles this term, it would appear that Toure, another man set for a summer exit, could be the perfect replacement.
The 34-year-old has played a significant part in helping Man City become what they are today, with the Ivorian a key cog in their Premier League title successes of 2012 and 2014.
And his incredible efforts in the middle of the park, be it marauding runs dissecting opposition backlines or the ability to control things in the midfield, have been a feature of Toure’s time in English football, and certainly wouldn’t go amiss in this current Everton side.
Clearly, the Toffees have failed to meet expectations this season and will be looking to strengthen considerably in the summer. And while Toure is 34 and perhaps past his best, there’s little doubting that he could still do a job in improving Everton’s midfield ranks.
And were Rooney to indeed leave, a player of immense experience and ability would be required to fill the void – £4.5 million-rated Toure (as per Transfermarkt) could be the answer.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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