Everton supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team get back to winning ways in the Premier League courtesy of a 3-1 success over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park last weekend.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the Eagles off the back of being thumped 5-1 by Arsenal in their previous league outing, a result which saw them slip to just seven points clear of the division’s bottom three. Yet the Toffees put greater distance between themselves and the relegation zone on Saturday as goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Oumar Niasse, and Tom Davies sealed a routine victory for the Merseysiders, with Luka Milivojevic’s penalty nothing more than a mere consolation for Roy Hodgson’s well-beaten Palace.
Thus, there have been many delighted Evertonians in the Tavern in the last couple of days, several of whom are hoping that last week’s success can kickstart a run of form which completely banishes any lingering relegation fears.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking Borussia Monchengladbach attacker Thorgan Hazard with Leicester City.
Yet Allardyce’s Everton should consider hijacking the Foxes’ move for the Belgium international, as the forward would give the Toffees the sort of pace and trickery they have seriously missed in the final third this season.
Ultimately, the Merseysiders got their recruitment badly wrong over the summer with three number tens signed in the form of Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, and Davy Klaassen, the latter of which’s time at the club appears to be at an end before it has really begun.
And with Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie missing the majority of the campaign due to a serious knee injury, the Toffees haven’t had the pace in the wide areas – there’s no real surprise that January signing Theo Walcott has made a fine start to life at Goodison Park, as he is exactly the player they have missing.
And landing Hazard would serve to seriously bolster those ranks even further.
Eden’s brother has scored seven goals and laid on seven assists in just 22 Bundesliga matches for Monchengladbach this term, adding to the 11 goals and seven assists he recorded in all competitions last season.
Much of his success has come in the left and right wing positions, but the 24-year-old has also enjoyed success as a number ten or even as a centre forward, which would provide Allardyce with countless options to utilise and play to Hazard’s strengths were he to move to Goodison Park.
And with a deadly set piece delivery and a keen eye for his pass, much like his brother, the Belgium international would add a significant amount of quality to the Everton frontline, and would represent the sort of signing they are after to try and gate-crash the top six in the years to come.
Thus, the Toffees must seek to hijack Leicester’s move for the £18 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!