Everton face a stern test this summer as they look to build a side capable of challenging for a spot in the top-four, whilst they face the challenge of having to replace key-players at Goodison Park.
The likely departure of Romelu Lukaku will leave Ronald Koeman with a huge hole to fill and it will be near-impossible to sign a player capable of filling the Belgian’s boots – but the Toffees should adopt a similar strategy to what they did when Lukaku first arrived.
Having impressed on-loan at West Brom, Everton swooped to bring Lukaku to Merseyside on a loan deal from Chelsea before completing a club-record move a year later to secure the Belgian’s services on a permanent deal – and Everton should do the same this year for Kelechi Iheanacho.
The Nigerian striker has impressed for Manchester City but the January arrival of Gabriel Jesus, who has taken the Premier League by storm, has left the young forward facing an uncertain future ahead of what is set to be a huge year for the 20-year-old.
Iheanacho will be desperate to help Nigeria seal a spot in the World Cup next summer and solidify his position as leading striker in the side, which will likely mean he’ll need regular first-team football – which he’s unlikely to secure at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City are unlikely to seek a permanent deal immediately though and a loan move could work best for all parties, with the situation then being revisited at the end of next season- where Everton could move again for a permanent deal.
With 12 goals in 42 Premier League appearances, Iheanacho has shown his incredible talent and he could kick-on further if selected as a first-choice option. Everton have benefitted from taking a punt in young players previously, so moving for this ace wouldn’t be too much of a risk.
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