Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new era at their football club following the appointment of Marco Silva as Toffees manager last week.
The 40-year-old replaces Sam Allardyce in the Goodison Park hotseat following the Englishman’s departure last month, this all despite leading the Merseysiders to an eighth place finish in the Premier League. Silva had been out of work since January after losing his job at Watford, with the Hornets firmly laying the blame at the feet of Everton for their approaches for the Portuguese following the sacking of Ronald Koeman back in October.
Nonetheless, the Toffees now have their man, and as such there is genuine excitement among our resident Evertonians that he can take the club forward next season, although it’s clear that additions will be needed for that to happen.
And any signings in the attacking third of the pitch could spell danger for young winger Nikola Vlasic, who should seek to follow Ademola Lookman’s lead by making the move to the Bundesliga this summer.
Ultimately, England Under-20 World Cup winner Lookman was struggling for regular football at Goodison Park in the first half of the season, and as such sought a loan move to RB Leipzig in a bid for the first team football he needs to aid his development.
And while former boss Allardyce wasn’t sure about the move, the 20-year-old was insistent, and he has been rewarded for his perseverance in netting five goals in just 11 appearances for the German outfit, helping them to a sixth place finish in the Bundesliga.
As such, the Englishman is likely to return to Everton a much better player for his experience in Germany, and could quite possibly be knocking on the door of the first team after proving his worth for Leipzig this time round.
And one man he is likely to usurp in the pecking order is 20-year-old Vlasic, who as a result should himself seek a loan move to the Bundesliga this summer in a bid for the regular football he desires.
Like Lookman, the attacker struggled to force his way into first team reckoning on Merseyside this season with just 19 first team appearances to show for his efforts, only five of which came in 2018.
And with Silva’s men linked with moves for the likes of Richarlison, it’s plausible that first team football will be even harder to come by for the Croatia international next season, let alone if and when Lookman returns to Goodison Park.
And given what it appears to have done for Lookman in terms of taking his game forward another level, the £4.5 million-rated youngster (as per Transfermarkt) should look to follow in his teammate’s footsteps by seeking a loan move to the Bundesliga this summer.
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