Everton supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Premier League courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday, thus putting further distance between themselves and the bottom three.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the Eagles off the back of suffering a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Arsenal in their preceding league encounter, a result which saw them slip to just seven points clear of the relegation zone. Yet the Toffees eased those lingering relegation fears on Saturday as goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Oumar Niasse, and Tom Davies sealed a routine success for the hosts, with Luka Milivojevic’s penalty proving to be nothing more than a consolation for the travelling Eagles supporters.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping Saturday’s success can be the springboard for a run of form which ends any relegation concerns for good.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Toffees to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that they are in the race for PSV Eindhoven starlet Steven Bergwijn.
And although Tottenham are also thought to be keen on the 20-year-old, Everton certainly have a good chance of landing the winger, as the likelihood of greater first team chances and the club’s seemingly bright future could well convince him of a move to Merseyside rather than London.
Ultimately, the Spurs attacking ranks include the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, and Son Heung-min, not to mention the recently injured Erik Lamela and January signing Lucas Moura – thus, it won’t be easy earning regular football under Mauricio Pochettino.
Yet the Netherlands Under-21 international appears to be exactly what Everton need going forward in the years to come, as he possesses the sort of pace and trickery the Toffees have been missing down the flanks this season – as such, there’s no surprise Theo Walcott has made such a good start to life at Goodison Park following his winter arrival.
And with both Ademola Lookman and Kevin Mirallas out on loan and clearly not doing enough to convince Allardyce of their capabilities, Nikola Vlasic struggling for gametime, and Aaron Lennon leaving the club permanently in January, first team opportunities could be there for Bergwijn at Goodison Park.
And with the direction the club are heading in the coming years, it appears to be a very attractive choice.
The Toffees are set to move into a new stadium in the coming years and will surely eye European football as the best way of starting the new era, while their investment in the last few transfer windows, if not overly successful so far, suggests that the financial power is there to start pushing the club towards the top six. It’s a club on the up, even if the immediate signs aren’t great.
Ultimately, the next few years promises to be an exciting time for Everton and the club’s supporters, and that alongside the likelihood of greater first team opportunities may well convince £4.5 million-rated Bergwijn (as per Transfermarkt) that Merseyside is the place to be to fulfil his potential.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!