Everton supporters have been pretty quiet in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side fail to impress in drawing 1-1 with Premier League strugglers Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash in South Wales having won their last away league encounter, a 2-1 success at relegation-threatened Stoke City, and thus seeking back-to-back victories on their travels for the first time since January 2017. And they were on course to do just that when a Kyle Naughton own goal gave them the lead, only for Jordan Ayew to equalise 19 minutes from time to preserve a point for Carlos Carvalhal’s side, a result that leaves Everton ninth in the division.
Consequently, there have been many frustrated Toffees fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can get back to winning ways when they host in-form Newcastle United next Monday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Evertonians to discuss, not least recent reports linking their club with a summer move for Norwich City attacker James Maddison.
Other top Premier League sides, including Arsenal, Manchester City, and Tottenham, are also thought to be keen on the £9 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), which is why it would be a huge statement of intent from the Merseysiders if they were to land the England Under-21 international this summer.
Ultimately, Maddison has enjoyed a stellar season at Carrow Road in netting 14 goals and laying on eight assists for Daniel Farke’s side, helping them to the relative safety of mid-table in the Championship.
And with just nine goals in his entire professional career prior to this term, it’s clear that the Englishman has taken his level up a notch this season, thus underlined by the huge amount of interest in the attacker ahead of the summer.
Yes, Everton aren’t necessarily in need of another number ten after signing three in the form of Davy Klaassen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Wayne Rooney last summer, but with the latter 32 years of age and the former failing to make his mark in English football, the door is certainly open for Maddison to move to Goodison Park and make a difference.
Significantly for him, the 21-year-old is likely to command more first team football at Everton than at the other potential suitors, what with Arsenal, Man City, and Tottenham all well-stocked in the attacking department to deal with their varying commitments over the course of the campaign.
And Everton must seek to exploit that aspect this summer by making a significant move for Maddison.
If they were to beat the aforementioned trio to the 21-year-old’s signature, it would be a huge statement of intent from Allardyce’s side, who appear to be looking towards the future and indeed the new era in their new stadium in the coming years – ultimately, they will be targeting a sustained assault on the top six in years to come.
Undoubtedly, the Toffees will be eyeing European football next season after their underwhelming campaign this time round, and landing the Norwich star ahead of those sides would certainly make their intentions clear heading into the 2018/19 season.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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