Everton supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side go down 1-0 at Watford on Saturday, thus slipping to just seven points clear of the Premier League’s bottom three.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the Hornets off the back of a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace in their previous league encounter, a result which moved them eight points clear of the relegation zone. Yet they just about remain in relegation contention following a defeat at Vicarage Road on Saturday, with Troy Deeney’s effort just 11 minutes from time enough to clinch a vital three points for Javi Gracia’s side, leaving Allardyce’s team seven points clear of the drop with just ten games of the campaign remaining.
Subsequently, there are many frustrated Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can bounce back when they visit Sean Dyche’s Burnley next weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that they are interested in Galatasaray winger Garry Rodrigues, who is also attracting the interest of fellow top-flight side Newcastle United.
Yet Allardyce’s men simply must hijack the Magpies’ move for the £3.6 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this summer, as he appears to be exactly the sort of player they are after.
Ultimately, Everton’s recruitment over the summer was highly questionable, failing to adequately replace striker Romelu Lukaku and landing three number tens in the form of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, and Davy Klaassen, the latter of which’s time at the club appears to be at an end before it has even begun.
Yet it has been down the flanks and their overall attacking flair which has been significantly lacking this term – it’s no real surprise that Theo Walcott, a January signing from Arsenal, has made a big impact, as he possesses the sort of pace and trickery Everton have needed down the flanks.
Add in the seemingly uncertain future of Ademola Lookman and Nikola Vlasic, both of whom haven’t had much of a chance under Allardyce, and the former England chief could well be on the lookout for further reinforcements on the wing over the summer.
And Rodrigues should be his man.
The 27-year-old has bagged five goals and laid on nine assists for the Turkish giants this term, including a goal and two assists in their 5-0 thumping of Bursaspor on Friday night, a game in which scouts from Newcastle were reportedly present.
Clearly, the Cape Verde international is in the form of his life and looks exactly the sort of player who could seriously improve this Everton team, and at the age of 27, he should be entering his peak years, which could be very special given his recent form.
Thus, the Merseysiders simply must hijack Newcastle’s move for the wing wizard during the close season.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!