Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the new era at their football club following the appointment of Marco Silva as the new Toffees manager last month.
The 40-year-old takes over from the sacked Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park following the Englishman’s departure at the end of last season, this all despite leading the Merseysiders to an eighth place finish in the Premier League. Nonetheless, he did so in a way which didn’t go down well with Toffees supporters, many of whom are now delighted to see former Hull City and Watford boss Silva in charge ahead of the 2018/19 season.
As such, there are many excited and indeed expectant Evertonians in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be interested by recent reports linking their side, and indeed fellow top-flight team Leicester City, with a move for Montpellier left back Jerome Roussillon.
However, the greater likelihood of first team football appears to be at Goodison Park, which is why the £7.2 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) should forget about Leicester and instead opt for Silva’s Everton this summer.
Ultimately, while Christian Fuchs is set to leave the King Power Stadium next summer at the expiration of his contract, England Under-21 international Ben Chilwell appears to be the man in line to replace the Austrian in Claude Puel’s side, what with the 21-year-old appearing 32 times in all competitions last season.
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And while some of our resident Foxes supporters are split on Chilwell’s capabilities, it does appear as though he has got the nod from manager Puel, which means that an opening in the left back area doesn’t look overly forthcoming at Leicester for Montpellier’s Roussillon.
Yet there could be a genuine opportunity of regular football at Everton, what with 33-year-old Leighton Baines entering the final year of his contract at the club, and the long-term replacement for the former England international seemingly not already at Goodison Park.
The left back made the move to Merseyside back in 2007 and has since gone on to play over 400 times for the Toffees, although his injury last season was a glimpse into the future post-Baines, and it’s clear that there isn’t a ready-made replacement at the club.
Yet Roussillon could be that replacement, as the 25-year-old has certainly proven his worth in Ligue 1 in the last few years with 95 appearances for Montpellier, 25 of which coming last season in their run to tenth place in the French top tier.
And with three goals and three assists in 22 league games, the former France youth international also has attacking pedigree as well as defensive capabilities – at the age of 25, he has plenty of time to further improve, and indeed make the left back spot his own were he to move to Goodison Park.
Thus, with both Everton and Leicester reportedly keen on the 25-year-old, he should opt against a move to the King Power Stadium in favour of one to Goodison Park.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!