Building for the future
With Leighton Baines 32 and Ashley Williams 33, as well as 35-year-old club captain Phil Jagielka, Koeman will have to continue thinking for the future in the coming transfer windows to deal with his ageing backline.
The arrival of Michael Keane during the summer was a step in that direction, and landing 18-year-old Ralston would also be another indication that the Dutchman is building for the future at Goodison Park.
Ultimately, Everton want to be challenging the top six and thus for the European places, and with a new stadium on the way in years to come, they will want to be in a position to challenge when they move in.
And landing top talent like Ralston now will help bed him into the football club and improve as a player, ready in time for Everton’s charge at the top six in the Premier League.
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