Everton supporters have been pretty frustrated in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side fail to get past a make-shift Liverpool team in drawing the Merseyside derby 0-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with their bitter rivals off the back of a 3-1 home defeat to Premier League champions-elect Manchester City in their previous league encounter, thus suffering their 14th league loss of the campaign. Yet the Toffees weren’t able to get back to winning ways at Goodison Park on Saturday after failing to breakdown Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team, a team which was hugely changed from the side that beat City in the Champions League last week.
As such, there have been many irritated Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, what with their team failing to take advantage of a good chance to end an eight-year wait for victory over their Merseyside rivals last weekend.
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 West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell this summer.
And while there’s little doubting that the 28-year-old would be a useful addition to Allardyce’s squad, they should forget about a move for the Englishman and instead target Crystal Palace’s £8.1 million-rated ace Patrick van Aanholt (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, the Netherlands international has enjoyed a decent stint in English football ever since making the permanent move from Chelsea to Sunderland back in 2014, with the left back twice helping the Black Cats stave off relegation in 2015 and 2016.
However, his departure to Palace in the January of 2017 no doubt played a part in their demise and subsequent relegation that season, with the Eagles huge beneficiaries given van Aanholt netted twice in 11 games under Allardyce last term to help keep Palace in the top-flight.
And with further impressive displays down the left flank for Roy Hodgson’s side this season, the Dutchman continues to prove his worth as a Premier League player, and as such should be targeted by Allardyce as he seeks to bolster his ranks at left back.
Leighton Baines has been a fine servant to the Toffees since his move from Wigan Athletic back in 2007, but at the age of 33, it’s clear that he is entering the twilight of his career, and as such a more long-term replacement should be sought – van Aanholt could be that man.
At 27, he is a year younger than West Ham’s Cresswell and has arguably been in better form in the last few years than the Englishman, with van Aanholt seemingly able to mix defensive discipline with an ability to get forward and make a difference in the final third.
As such, the Toffees must forget about Cresswell and instead target a move for van Aanholt, thus earning him a reunion with Allardyce following their stints together at Palace and Sunderland.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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