Everton supporters have been pretty upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their team record a second successive Premier League victory courtesy of a 2-0 success over Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their meeting with the struggling Terriers off the back of a narrow 1-0 victory over Newcastle United, a result which moved them above Leicester City into eighth place in the division. And the Toffees consolidated that position on Saturday with goals from Cenk Tosun and Idrissa Gueye securing a routine win at the John Smith’s Stadium, a result which moved them to within six points of seventh place Burnley with just two games to play, albeit they have a significantly inferior goal difference.
Thus, there have been many satisfied Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can continue their fine run of form between now and the end of the season to build momentum ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Bournemouth have joined Manchester United and Tottenham in the race for Celtic left back Kieran Tierney.
And given Leighton Baines is 33 and very much in the twilight of his career, Allardyce’s side should seek to join the race for the £4.5 million-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt) in a bid to ready a replacement for the England international.
Ultimately, the Englishman has been a fantastic servant to Everton since making the move from Wigan Athletic back in 2007, appearing 401 times for the Merseysiders, netting 38 goals and laying on 66 assists for the Toffees.
However, his injury in the first half of the campaign provided a snapshot of what things would be like after the 33-year-old, and it’s fair to say that reinforcements are needed in that department.
And 20-year-old Tierney could well be the man to fill that void.
The left back has hugely excelled for Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic in recent years and already has 127 senior appearances to his name for the Scottish giants, 52 of which coming this term to help the Bhoys edge towards another domestic treble.
Significantly though, the Scotland international has proven his worth on the European stage and indeed as a modern-day full back, producing several fine displays in their recent Champions League campaigns, not least in their 3-3 draw with Manchester City last season.
Clearly, there’s a reason both United and Spurs are after Tierney, and that’s because he has all the traits to go on and become a top-quality full back. And at the tender age of 20 but with already over 100 appearances to his name, he is surely only going to get better.
And given how good he already is, Everton simply must seek to join and indeed win the race for the 20-year-old, as doing so would set them up perfectly for the post-Baines years.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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