According to The Daily Mail, Everton are interested in luring Celtic sensation Kieran Tierney to Goodison Park this summer. The 21-year-old has proven to be one of the hottest properties in Scottish football in the last few years and seems destined for a move to the Premier League, and were Marco Silva’s Toffees to get a deal done, it could turn out to be their signing of the summer.
Ultimately, the left back department could well become a problem area for new Everton boss Silva if current first-choice Leighton Baines leaves the club this summer, what with he recently linked with a move to DC United, who of course signed Wayne Rooney over the weekend.
Yet, at the age of 33 and entering the final year of his contract, Silva is likely already on the lookout for a long-term replacement for the ex-England full back, who has been an outstanding servant to the Merseysiders since his move from Wigan Athletic back in 2007.
The left back has gone on to appear over 400 times for Everton and has scored 38 goals and laid on 66 assists in his 11 years at Goodison Park, with his injury during last season an indication of what life will look like after the 33-year-old, with it fair to say that no one in particular at Everton has what it takes to fill the Englishman’s shoes.
Yet there is little doubting, based on his career to date, that Celtic’s Tierney could be the man to fill that void, in both the short team and indeed the long term.
The 21-year-old already has 130 appearances for the Scottish giants under his belt and indeed nine at international level for Scotland, with it clear that the left back is already reasonably well experienced for someone so young.
And while most of those appearances have come in the Scottish Premiership, Tierney has also proven his worth at European level with 21 games in the Champions League, in which he has certainly proven his credentials to suggest that he has what it takes to go on and become a top-quality left back – there’s a reason several Premier League sides are interested in him.
And were Everton to beat the likes of Tottenham to his signature this summer, it would represent a huge coup for new manager Silva, who will surely be looking to take the Merseysiders towards the top six places this term, in what will be his first season at the helm.
Thus, with the Toffees clearly in need of a long-term replacement for left back Baines, and Tierney arguably the best suited for such a role, landing the £4.5 million-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt) could turn out to be their best signing of the summer.
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