Everton supporters have been hugely satisfied in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side pick up only their second away Premier League win of the campaign courtesy of a 2-1 success at struggling Stoke City on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the relegation-threatened Potters having won just one of their previous 15 away matches in the league this time round, in which time they managed to pick up a mere eight points. Nonetheless, the Toffees finally managed a second victory on the road on Saturday as a Cenk Tosun brace either side of an Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting equaliser got the better of Paul Lambert’s Stoke, thus moving Everton to 40 points and 12 points clear of the bottom three.
As such, there have been many thrilled Evertonians in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are hoping their team can continue that momentum for the rest of the season, which would set them up perfectly for the 2018/19 campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees fans to discuss, not least recent reports linking Merseyside rivals Liverpool with a move for reported Everton target Jack Wilshere this summer.
And while the 26-year-old may well be interested in a move to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, there’s little doubt that the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) would be better served moving across the city to bitter rivals Everton instead.
Ultimately, Liverpool boss Klopp is spoilt for choice in the central midfield department, with Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all suited and having excelled at times in that position so far this season.
And while 24-year-old Can looks likely to leave the club this summer, the Reds have already secured a deal to bring Naby Keita to Anfield during the close season, and as such their midfield ranks won’t at all be weakened by Can’s expected departure.
And while Wilshere is without doubt a fine midfielder in his own right, it’s difficult to see how he regularly gets into the starting eleven ahead of the aforementioned players, especially given how well they have all played at some point in that central midfield role this term.
Thus, regular first team football looks likely to be hard to come by for the England international were he to move to Anfield, and while no-one can ever be guaranteed a regular starting spot, it is extremely more likely across the city at Goodison Park.
Idrissa Gueye is comfortably the best central midfielder at Everton at present, what with he making more tackles and interceptions than any other Toffees player so far this term, but it doesn’t appear as though Allardyce knows who to play alongside him.
Morgan Schneiderlin’s form this term has been pretty poor and certainly doesn’t look like the player that excelled at Southampton, while Wayne Rooney has sometimes been used in a deeper role but is more suited to playing further up the pitch – Tom Davies has started 17 league games this term, but it may be too early to regularly rely on him in the middle of the park.
As such, it looks as though Wilshere would go into Everton and solve a key problem in their midfield area, and given how excellent Gueye is off the ball in particular, the 26-year-old’s quality on it could see them form quite the partnership in Allardyce’s side.
And after years of injury troubles, Wilshere is surely going to want to make up for lost time by playing as regularly as he can in the coming years – that’s more likely to happen at Everton than at Liverpool.
Consequently, the England international should forget about a move to Anfield, and instead join bitter rivals Everton this summer.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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