Everton are likely to remain active in the transfer market right up until the deadline on Tuesday, with the potential of both incoming and outgoing deals from Goodison Park.
One of those potentially on his way out is veteran centre-back Phil Jagielka, who’s frustrated with his lack of opportunities this season, and The Mail said earlier this week that the Blues were eyeing Branislav Ivanovic as a replacement.
That would be a baffling move on Everton’s behalf as Ivanovic turns 33 next month and has been far from his best in the past 18 months, showing a severe decline on the player he used to be.
There’s also question marks on whether he’d actually be a starter for Everton, so his signing really does seem pointless.
Instead of signing a soon to be 33-year-old, who may or may not play, Everton should look to the future-something that Ronald Koeman has done since he took charge on Merseyside last summer.
With Ademola Lookman, Tom Davies and Mason Holgate, along with a host of other young talents, Everton look well stocked for the future, and the demand for a new defender to fill the void left by Jagielka’s potential exit does not call for an experienced man.
Everton already have Ramiro Funes-Mori and Ashley Williams to play in the centre, whilst Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman occupy the full-back positions.
As first-team choices, there isn’t really any need for a big upgrade.
By instead focusing on a youngster, Everton can help craft the player into a future first-team man in the coming years – bolstering their squad depth whilst also ensuring they don’t snatch a player who is past his best before date.
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