Everton supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team record just a second Premier League away win of the season courtesy of a 2-1 success at struggling Stoke City on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the Potters having won just one of their prior 15 away matches in the league this term, losing each of their five away clashes preceding the weekend trip to the bet365 Stadium. Yet a Cenk Tosun brace either side of a Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting equaliser secured all three points for the Toffees in Staffordshire, thus keeping Allardyce’s side ninth in the division but now on 40 points for the season, 12 points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Thus, there have been many upbeat Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can build upon back-to-back successes by finishing the season strongly to set them up for a much better campaign next time round.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking Manchester United defender Luke Shaw with a move away this summer.
Southampton and Tottenham are reportedly interested in the 22-year-old, yet Everton simply must target the £13.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), as he would be the perfect replacement for the ageing Leighton Baines.
Ultimately, the defender has been a sensational servant for Everton ever since his move from Wigan Athletic back in 2007, having gone on to play 396 games for the Toffees, in which time he has managed 38 goals and laid on 65 assists.
However, at the age of 33, the England international is heading into the latter stages of his career, and his recent injury troubles have highlighted Everton’s need to land another left back in a nod to the future post the ageing Baines.
And Shaw could well be that man.
The 22-year-old was outstanding for Southampton between 2011 and 2014 to earn himself a move to United, at the same time earning seven England caps and recognition that he could well be the country’s next long-term left back.
And while things haven’t quite gone to plan at Old Trafford, with injuries and a seemingly strained relationship with Jose Mourinho not helping, there’s little doubting the young defender’s quality when fully fit and firing, be it defensive discipline or charging up and down the flanks offering support in attack.
However, it’s clear that he needs to get out of United sooner rather than later in a bid to reignite his career, and there is sure to be much interest come the summer given how talented Shaw is, and how good he could and should go on to be in the years to come.
And Everton simply must target the 22-year-old come the end of the season, as there’s little doubting that he would be the perfect long-term replacement for 33-year-old Baines, as the Toffees must start considering an overhaul of their ageing backline sooner rather than later.
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