The Everton fans were left to feel frustrated in the Transfer Tavern this weekend after their side continued their abysmal record on the road with a 2-1 defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Sam Allardyce has done enough to all but ensure Everton will survive this season, but it’s hard to argue he has done much more than that since arriving at Goodison Park in December 2017. The pressure was mounting on the unpopular manager prior to Everton’s weekend clash against Burnley, and another abject performance has served to intensify speculation concerning his future.
After Cenk Tosun nodded home his first goal for the club in the first-half, it looked as if The Toffees were set to record an away victory in the league for the first time since they clinched a narrow 1-0 win against Newcastle in December, but The Clarets had too much for them after the interval. Sean Dyche’s side overturned a 1 goal deficit to clinch a 2-1 victory courtesy of goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood – a result which saw Everton drop into the bottom half of the table for the first time under Allardyce’s leadership.
If Everton want to progress as a club and compete for qualification into Europe, it seems strikingly apparent that Allardyce shouldn’t be in charge, but the club also need to make improvements to their squad and not only their hierarchy. With that being said, Everton should seriously consider making an audacious bid to sign Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey (valued at £36 million by Transfermarkt) at the end of the season.
According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal are concerned about losing their Welsh midfielder on a free transfer when his contract expires in 2019, so they are open to the possibility of offloading him in the summer. It’s more than likely that Everton would face stiff competition for his signature, but the guarantee of first-team football could be a decisive factor in convincing Ramsey to swap North-London for Merseyside.
Signing a player of Ramsey’s calibre and experience would give everybody associated with the club a huge boost, and his performances on the pitch would certainly instigate an improvement in the clubs form and enable the club to qualify for Europe once again next season. Some may brandish a potential move for Ramsey as overly ambitious, but if Everton want to compete for a place in Europe next season they will have to aim high in the transfer market, as the current campaign has served to demonstrate how immensely competitive the Premier League can be.