Everton supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team dispatch of Brighton 2-0 on Saturday to all but end any lingering Premier League relegation concerns.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the in-form Seagulls off the back of successive defeats at the hands of Watford and Burnley, results that saw the Toffees slip to 11th place in the division. However, the Merseysiders moved ten points clear of the drop on Saturday as a Gaeton Bong own goal alongside Cenk Tosun’s first at Goodison Park sealed a routine victory for Allardyce’s side, thus moving them back into the top half of the division with eight games to go.
Consequently, there have been many delighted Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can finally get back to winning ways away from home this weekend, when they travel to relegation-threatened Stoke City on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Everton fans to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that Middlesbrough may attempt to land midfielder Muhamed Besic permanently this summer after impressing during his loan spell at the Championship club.
However, the Toffees should forget about offloading the 25-year-old, as there is only one midfielder that the club should be selling this summer, and that’s Morgan Schneiderlin.
Ultimately, the France international has looked a shadow of the player that performed well for Southampton and ultimately earned a move to Manchester United, to the point that he has failed to feature in any of their last three Premier League matches (albeit he was ill ahead of the visit of Brighton).
And with just two starts in the five games preceding their defeat at Watford back on February 24, it’s clear that he is slowly but surely falling down Allardyce’s pecking order, this all after featuring in the first 13 league games under the former England chief.
Nonetheless, with Wayne Rooney playing slightly deeper alongside the ever-improving Tom Davies, and Idrissa Gueye the main man in the middle when available, Schneiderlin looks to have a huge battle on his hands reclaiming a spot in Everton’s first team, whereas at least Besic did show signs of promise when he featured for the club prior to his serious knee injury back in 2016.
Ultimately, Schneiderlin has not been at the level required for the vast majority of this season so far – it’s arguable that some of Everton’s defensive deficiencies have arisen from the Frenchman’s inadequate ability to protect them just in front.
And with Besic seeming to prove his worth to Boro and accumulate the minutes required to get back to full fitness after his eight-month injury lay-off, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international appears to be a much better long-term option for the Toffees.
As such, the Merseysiders should forget about offloading Besic at the end of the season, as Schneiderlin is the only midfielder who the club should be selling in the summer.
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