Everton supporters have been pretty quiet in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team pass up a great opportunity to beat Merseyside rivals Liverpool by only mustering a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the Reds with their opponents midway through a Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City, which undoubtedly had a bearing on Jurgen Klopp’s team selection for the derby on Saturday. Yet the Toffees were unable to get past a make-shift Reds side at Goodison Park in only managing a goalless draw, with it now fast approaching eight years since Everton have tasted victory against their bitter rivals.
As such, there have been many frustrated Toffees fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can finish the season strongly ahead of next season, starting with all three points at Swansea City next weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Evertonians to discuss, not least recent reports linking them with a move for Watford winger Richarlison this summer.
And while the 20-year-old would likely be a useful addition at Everton, the Toffees should forget about the Brazilian and instead seek to land his £10.8 million-rated Watford teammate Abdoulaye Doucoure (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, the 25-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic season at Vicarage Road in netting seven goals and laying on three assists in 32 Premier League appearances for the Hornets, helping them to the relative safety of mid-table.
But it’s not just his contributions which have reportedly alerted several of the country’s top sides, his all round play in the middle of park, be it on the ball launching attacks or protecting the Watford backline, has got many people hinting at a bright future in the Premier League for the former France youth international.
And he appears to be exactly the type of central midfielder Everton are crying out for.
Idrissa Gueye is comfortably the best central midfielder at Goodison Park, but the position next to him in the slightly deeper midfield two has been occupied by Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies, and Wayne Rooney in recent times, none of whom have completely nailed down the position.
And with James McCarthy out for the rest of the season through injury, and Muhamed Besic likely to leave in the summer, further reinforcements seem needed in that area of the field – Doucoure’s arrival would certainly bolster those ranks.
And while Richarlison has proven his credentials in his debut season in the Premier League, Allardyce’s side strengthened their wing options during January through the arrival of Theo Walcott, and with Yannick Bolasie returning from injury, there’s no guarantee the Brazilian would get a starting berth.
Whereas it’s clear that the Toffees need an industrious central midfielder like Doucoure in their side, which is why they must forget about Richarlison and instead go after his Hornets teammate this summer.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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