Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are hugely looking forward to their team’s meeting with bitter rivals Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Saturday, although the Toffees go into their clash with the Reds off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their encounter with the Citizens off the back of successive wins over Brighton and Stoke City, but they were no match for Pep Guardiola’s side who ran out comfortable winners thanks to strikes from Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, and Raheem Sterling. Regardless, there is much anticipation among our resident Toffees supporters in the Tavern ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside derby, with Allardyce’s side going in search of a first win over the Reds in eight years.
As such, there are many optimistic and excited Evertonians in the Tavern at present, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can end eight years of hurt by clinching all three points against Jurgen Klopp’s team on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees fans to discuss, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa this summer.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old is best known for his efforts in the number ten role just behind the striker, with the Japan international scoring six goals and laying on four assists for the Bundesliga club from that position this season.
But Everton are already reasonably well-stocked in that department following the arrival of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, and Davy Klaassen during the summer, to the point that the Toffees hierarchy were ridiculed for landing three number tens but ultimately failing to replace striker Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Manchester United.
As such, they surely aren’t going to make the same mistake again this summer.
Sigurdsson, albeit injured at present, has certainly made that position his own in recent months such have been his efforts, with Rooney having to settle for a slightly deeper role just to get into the team.
Yes, Klaassen has struggled for regular gametime and could well leave the club this summer, but Kagawa is unlikely going to settle for sitting behind messrs Sigurdsson and Rooney in the pecking order.
Undoubtedly, Kagawa is a fine player who would add genuine depth to the Everton attacking ranks, but after making the error in recruiting three number tens last summer, and the goal-scoring problem remaining throughout the season, they surely won’t make the same mistake again.
As such, the Toffees’ reported interest in the 29-year-old Japanese star makes absolutely no sense.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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