Marco Silva will be looking to replicate his excellent work in the summer transfer window over January.
The Portuguese replaced Sam Allardyce in the dugout in the summer with plenty of work to do in order to transform the Everton squad. After some questionable transfer deals in recent seasons, with the help of new director of football, Marcel Brands, Silva finally hit the nail on the head for the Toffees. Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes and Richarlison have all made excellent starts to their Everton careers with plenty more to come from the likes of Yerry Mina and Bernard.
The former Watford boss will once again have the opportunity to strengthen his squad when the transfer window opens in a few weeks.
One man who should be on his shortlist is West Ham youngster – Reece Oxford. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the 20-year-old graduated from the club’s famed youth academy and was tipped to follow in the footsteps of Rio Ferdinand. After various failed loan spells with Reading and Borussia Monchengladbach, Oxford returned to the Hammers but has been unable to convince Manuel Pellegrini of his talents. A January exit looks likely with Oxford preferring to leave the club permanently – Everton should do all they can to secure his services.
The defender, who is also comfortable at defensive midfield, would be an excellent long-term option for the Toffees. Oxford’s potential is massive but he needs regular football under a manager who believes him to aid his development – a move to Goodison Park could help reinvigorate his stalling career. With Silva and Brands ushering in a new era on Merseyside, Oxford would be the perfect signing.
Not only would the defender add to Everton’s homegrown contingency – he could prove to be a mainstay in defence for the next decade.
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