The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern have not been overly impressed by the quality of their defensive performances so far this season, but recent reports suggest their side could be set for a revamp to their back-line in the summer.
Sam Allardyce’s side finally recorded a clean sheet against Brighton & Hove Albion last Saturday after going 9 games without one prior to their clash. Although Allardyce has established his reputation in football based on his ability to turn almost any side into a resolute defensive unit, Everton’s displays under his leadership suggest that even he cannot transform this side without acquiring the services of a handful of new players.
Ashley Williams has looked a shadow of his former self this season and no longer seems to possess the quality that is needed to play at centre-back in the Premier League. His decline is both alarming and perplexing, and unless he significantly improves during the final weeks of the season then his Everton career will presumably come to an end in the summer.
Regardless of whether Williams departs the club, Allardyce will need to bolster his defensive options during the next transfer window to ensure Everton improve next season. And according to The Times, Allardyce has already identified Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones as a player who he would like to sign.
Jones’ quality combined with his experience with both Manchester United and the English national side make him a fantastic target for Everton to pursue next summer, and if The Toffees are successful in luring him away from Old Trafford, they will be securing the signature of their best defensive talent since Joleon Lescott.
There are some minor concerns with regards to Jones’ injury history since signing for United back in 2011, but that should not deter Allardyce from making a bid for his services. With Lescott at the heart of their defence, Everton managed to achieve a 5th place finish in successive seasons between 2008 and 2009, and the acquisition of Jones could enable the club to replicate a similar feat in the years to come.
Phil Jones has had his critics over the years, but he has certainly matured into a quality defender during his time at Manchester United. It’s no coincidence that he has remained with the Red Devils for such a lengthy period of his career, and there is no doubt that Everton would be signing a defender of genuine quality if they manage to complete a deal for Jones in the summer.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!