According to a recent report from The Sun, Asmir Begovic’s future is far from certain heading into the rest of the January transfer window. The 31-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Bournemouth and has done so since leaving Chelsea back in 2017, although his recent exclusion from the Cherries first team has plunged his future at the Vitality Stadium into doubt.
And a recent report from The Sun suggests that the goalkeeper could leave Eddie Howe’s team this month, which should be of keen interest to Everton manager Marco Silva given his arrival at Goodison Park could get the very best out of current Toffees shot-stopper Jordan Pickford.
Ultimately, Bosnia and Herzegovina international Begovic has certainly proven his worth as a Premier League goalkeeper down the years, be it his five-year stint at Stoke City, his short time at Chelsea, or indeed his 18 months on the South Coast with Bournemouth.
With 50 clean sheets and just 210 goals against in 173 appearances for the Potters, as well as 12 clean sheets in 68 appearances for a Bournemouth side that have not been the best defensively since arriving in the Premier League, Begovic has often produced the goods – there’s a reason Chelsea lured him to Stamford Bridge back in the summer of 2015.
Clearly, the 31-year-old is a shot-stopper who could quite easily be playing regular football in the Premier League, and while a move to Everton wouldn’t necessarily be a nod towards that, Silva must look to lure him to Goodison Park in a bid to prompt Pickford to return to his best form.
Ultimately, the England international enjoyed a fine 2018 in impressing between the sticks for Everton last season and then shining for his country at the World Cup in Russia, while he also made a solid start to the current campaign under Silva to suggest that he was a goalkeeper very much heading in the right direction.
However, the 24-year-old has come in for some criticism recently for his efforts for the Merseyside outfit, pretty much ever since he made a glaring error in the derby at Anfield in spilling Virgil van Dijk’s effort into the path of Divock Origi, whose goal denied the Toffees what would have been a deserved point.
And with Everton’s form having taken something of a hit since then, having won just twice in nine Premier League games following that defeat, and Pickford himself showing signs of vulnerabilities, what the club need is a number two shot-stopper to really push the Englishman to produce the goods – but Maarten Stekelenburg simply isn’t that man.
And that is why a move for Begovic makes complete sense this month, as having a hugely accomplished Premier League goalkeeper in the Toffees ranks is sure to get the best out of Pickford, as failure to do so would see him lose his place in Silva’s side, and potentially in the England set-up as well – and after the year he had last time round, that is surely unthinkable.
Yes, one mustn’t forget the stellar 2018 that Pickford had, but recent weeks has been a testing patch that the 24-year-old needs to come through – and while a move for another shot-stopper this month in Begovic, on the surface, wouldn’t appear to be a huge confidence booster, it could be exactly what the Englishman needs to return to his best form.
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