Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new era at Goodison Park following the appointment of Marco Silva as the club’s new manager last month.
The 40-year-old takes over from the sacked Sam Allardyce following the Englishman’s departure at the end of last season, this all despite leading the Merseyside outfit to an eighth place finish in the Premier League. Nonetheless, the Toffees now have their man in Portuguese Silva, who they hope will be the man to lead their club towards a top six challenge in the top-flight this season.
As such, there are many excited and expectant Evertonians in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by the recent news that defender Ramiro Funes Mori has been sold to Spanish side Villarreal.
And with the Argentine gone, Silva must now seek to axe £4.5 million-rated Everton defender Ashley Williams (as per Transfermarkt) this summer if he is to indeed take the Toffees forward.
Ultimately, the Merseysiders were pretty hopeless at the back last season in shipping 58 goals in their 38 Premier League matches, which was more than any side that finished above them in the table, and more than the relegated duo of Swansea City and West Brom.
And while Funes Mori cannot be blamed for that woeful defensive record, having spent the best part of the season out injured, Williams certainly can, as the Wales international has simply failed to replicate his Swansea form since making the move to Goodison Park.
The 33-year-old was one of the most highly-rated defenders in the top-flight during his time at the Liberty Stadium, and while there have been glimpses of that resilient and resolute defender since moving to Everton back in 2016, those moments have been few and far between.
In fact, it is pretty telling that the Toffees only lost two and won four of the nine matches that Williams missed at the rear end of last season, with the first three games enforced due to a red card against Burnley, and the last six seeing him omitted from Allardyce’s match-day squad altogether.
And with Michael Keane arguably improving as the campaign went on, and fellow young defender Mason Holgate performing solidly over the course of the season, there doesn’t appear to be a place for Williams in the starting eleven, especially with fellow veteran Phil Jagielka seemingly more reliable.
Thus, with Silva seemingly stamping his authority on things at Goodison Park by sanctioning Funes Mori’s departure last week, he must now show fellow defender Williams the Everton exit door.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!