Everton supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their team record a narrow 1-0 success over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday night.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their encounter with the in-form Magpies having failed to win any of their preceding three league games, having drawn with both Swansea City and Liverpool, and lost to newly-crowned champions Manchester City. Yet the Toffees got back to winning ways earlier this week as Theo Walcott’s strike just after half time was enough to clinch all three points for the Merseysiders, a result which moved them above Leicester City into eighth place in the Premier League.
As such, there have been many happy Toffees fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their team can back that success up with another against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Evertonians to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Man City could offload defender John Stones this summer.
And the Toffees should seek to make an audacious move to re-sign the £45 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), as doing so would certainly bolster their flagging defensive ranks.
Ultimately, the Everton backline simply hasn’t been anywhere good enough for the vast majority of the campaign, having conceded 54 goals in their 35 Premier League games this term, which is more than any other side currently in the top half of the division.
And if the Merseyside outfit are serious about challenging the top six in the coming years, they have to tighten up defensively, which means an overhaul is needed what with Phil Jagielka approaching 36, and Leighton Baines and Ashley Williams at the age of 33.
And Stones’ arrival would certainly strengthen those ranks.
The 23-year-old has come on leaps and bounds under City boss Pep Guardiola this season and played a key part in helping to establish the Citizens’ dominance in the first half of the campaign, with even his defensive efforts having improved under the Spaniard’s guidance.
Undoubtedly, the England international is one of the best centre backs in the division with the ball at his feet, and alongside either Michael Keane or Mason Holgate, he could develop quite the partnership – ultimately, he better than Williams, and much better than ageing Jagielka.
And with City reportedly willing to cash in on the Englishman this summer, Everton should look to bring him back to Goodison Park, just two years after selling him to the Premier League champions.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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