Everton supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side move up to eighth place in the Premier League table on Monday courtesy of a 1-0 success over Newcastle United.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the in-form Magpies having failed to win any of their preceding three league games, what with draws against Swansea City and Liverpool succeeding their 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City. Yet the Toffees recorded their tenth home league victory of the season on Monday as a Theo Walcott strike just after half time was enough to see off Rafa Benitez’s side, thus moving Everton above Leicester City into eighth place in the division.
Subsequently, there have been several upbeat and satisfied Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, many of whom are hoping that their team can indeed finish the campaign strongly in a bid to build momentum ahead of the 2018/19 season.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Swansea City’s Ki Sung-yueng this summer.
And while the midfielder would likely be a useful addition to Allardyce’s squad, the Merseysiders must forget about him and instead target his £13.5 million-rated Swansea teammate Alfie Mawson (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, Everton are reasonably well-stocked in the central midfield department, what with Idrissa Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin, Wayne Rooney, and Tom Davies all having featured regularly for the club this term.
And while the latter two haven’t always convinced, and Schneiderlin having endured a testing campaign, Gueye is without doubt one of the best midfielders in the league, and even Schneiderlin impressed on Monday night to suggest that he could be hitting form once again.
As such, they may not need Ki’s influence in the side next season, whereas it’s obvious from their defensive struggles that Mawson’s arrival would significantly help their backline.
Clearly, Everton have been hopeless at the back this season having conceded 54 goals in their 35 Premier League games, which is more than any other team currently residing in the top ten of the division.
And if they are serious about challenging the top six, then they simply must improve those numbers, and as such need to overhaul an aging backline consisting of 35-year-old Phil Jagielka, and 33-year-old duo Leighton Baines and Ashley Williams.
And at the tender age of 24, Mawson could be the man to solve those defensive woes.
The Englishman has impressed in the heart of the Swansea backline in the last 12 months or so since breaking into the first team, starting every game in the Premier League this season to underline his high-level of consistency.
And with a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad last month, albeit he failed to feature, it’s clear that the centre back has a big future ahead of him, and alongside either Michael Keane or Mason Holgate, that could be fulfilled in the heart of Allardyce’s back four.
Thus, with Everton clearly in need of hungrier and younger talent in the defensive ranks, they should forget about Ki and instead target Swans teammate Mawson this summer.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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