The Everton fans were feeling relatively disappointed in the Transfer Tavern this week after their side missed an opportunity to claim a derby victory over Liverpool at Goodison Park.
After Liverpool inflicted an astonishing 3-0 victory over Manchester City at Anfield last week, Jurgen Klopp opted to field a weakened team for his side’s visit to Goodison last weekend. Despite this, Sam Allardyce’s men failed to capitalise and give the supporters something to shout about in the midst of a relatively disappointing season.
The result further intensified calls from the Everton supporters propping up our bar for Allardyce to be dismissed in the summer, and unless there is a dramatic upturn in fortunes during the final weeks of the season it seems unlikely that the supporters will be happy to see anything other than a change of manager when the season reaches its conclusion. However, if the Toffees want to improve on their current campaign next time around they will need to invest in new players in order to stimulate an improvement on the field.
One of the biggest problems for Everton this season has been at left-back, particularly during the period between November and March when Leighton Baines was sidelined through injury. Cuco Martina filled in for the 33-year-old during his absence, but as a natural right-back he failed to effectively adapt to his new position.
Baines’ return has undoubtedly restored some balance into a team which was struggling to create chances down the left-side of the field with Martina in the side, but the club simply cannot continue to rely on Baines to play week in week out without adequate support at his age. With that in mind, Everton should ensure they secure the signing of a new left-back this summer, and one man they would be wise to consider approaching is West Bromwich Albion’s Keiran Gibbs (valued at £7.2 million by Transfermarkt).
With the Baggies resigned to resignation this season, there’s no doubt that Gibbs will be open to the prospect of a summer transfer to a Premier League club. That fact combined with Everton’s need for a left-back make him an ideal candidate for the club to pursue.
Time is running out for Baines at the top level of English football, so he will need replacing in the not too distant future. With Gibbs at the club ready to step into his shoes, Everton would have a worthy replacement with plenty of experience in the top-flight, so they should do everything they can to bring him to Merseyside this summer.
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