Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new era at Goodison Park following the appointment of Marco Silva as the club’s new manager last month.
The 40-year-old replaces the sacked Sam Allardyce in the Toffees hotseat following the hierarchy’s decision to part with the Englishman at the end of last season, this all despite leading the club to an eighth place finish in the Premier League. However, they now have their man in Portuguese Silva, with many of our resident Evertonians hopeful that the former Hull City and Watford boss can lead their side to a top six challenge this season.
As such, there are many excited and expectant Toffees supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports linking Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata with a £45 million move to Borussia Dortmund.
And for £45 million, Everton must seek to match owner Farhad Moshiri’s ambitions by targeting the 23-cap Spain international this summer, in a move that would go some way to solving their obvious issues in the final third of the pitch.
Ultimately, last season was something of a disaster for the Merseyside outfit, as the high hopes of the big investment over the summer quickly turned into relegation fears, thus prompting the club to part with former boss Ronald Koeman.
And part of their problem, in the first half of the season especially, was their distinct lack of goals, to the point that Wayne Rooney, who many felt didn’t have a great season, finished the campaign as the club’s top-scorer with 11 goals – he was also the only man to reach double figures.
And while hopes are high that January signing Cenk Tosun can be the man to lead the Toffees in a European charge this term, there are also some doubts, yet while Morata didn’t enjoy his best campaign at Chelsea last time round, there is no doubting his striking quality.
The 25-year-old made the move to Stamford Bridge last summer and made a fast start to life in English football by netting six times in his first six Premier League games, although things took a turn for the worse for the Spaniard thereafter.
However, he wasn’t the only Chelsea player to struggle last term to suggest that it was more of a team struggle than an individual one, and having scored 31 times for Real Madrid in 95 appearances, it’s pretty evident that he has genuine ability in the final third.
Significantly though, splashing out £45 million on the Chelsea ace would surely underline the sort of ambition owner Moshiri wants to see from his team, what with Everton surely targeting European football ahead of the move to their new stadium in a few years’ time.
The financial power is clearly there having spent well over £100 million last summer, and as such Moshiri will likely want his team to be competing with the top six sides this term ready for their new era, both under Silva and indeed in the new stadium – adding Morata would be a step in the right direction.
And for £45 million, it could turn out to be money well spent and good value for money, as there are clearly goals in the Spain international, and they came at a premium for Everton last season.
Thus, the Toffees must seek to make a move for the Chelsea star this summer to finally match Moshiri’s lofty ambitions for the club.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!