Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season, which for their team gets underway in the West Midlands on Saturday.
The Toffees parted with manager Sam Allardyce during the summer to allow Marco Silva to take the reins at Goodison Park, much to the delight of Evertonians up and down the country. And after stumbling to an eighth place finish in the top-flight last time round, expectations will be a lot higher in the blue half of Merseyside this term, not least following a frantic deadline day which saw Silva add three players to his squad.
Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes, and Bernard all made the move to Everton in the last knockings of the summer window, and the arrival of the former likely meant that Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo was not pursued by manager Silva.
Ultimately, the 28-year-old made the move to Old Trafford back in 2014 after impressing in a short stint at Sporting Lisbon, yet the centre back has struggled to regularly nail down a starting role in the North West, with just 107 appearances to show for his four years at the club.
And with only 68 of which coming in the Premier League, of which just nine came last time round, it’s clear that Rojo hasn’t always convinced of his defensive capabilities during his time in England – vulnerabilities that were further highlighted in the summer as part of a shambolic Argentina backline at the World Cup.
Thus, despite the added bonus of his versatility in being able to play left back, it’s difficult to argue that the 28-year-old would have solved the glaring issue in the heart of the Everton defence – a defence that shipped more goals in the Premier League last season than the relegated duo of Swansea City and West Brom.
Yes, he has shown glimpses of quality during his four-year stint at United, but on the whole Rojo has unconvinced and shown clear defensive vulnerabilities, let alone ill-discipline given he was carded six times in just nine league games last term.
As such, it appears that Everton may well have dodged a bullet by missing out on the 28-year-old this summer.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!