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Landing Ander Herrera could prove to be an Everton masterstroke

Landing Ander Herrera could prove to be an Everton masterstroke

According to a recent report from El Correo, Spain international Ander Herrera could be set for a move away in the near future. The 29-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League heavyweights Manchester United and has done so since 2014, although he has found regular football hard to come by under manager Jose Mourinho this time round.

And with his contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign, and no agreement seemingly likely, it looks as though the Spaniard could be on his way out of Old Trafford in the near future, with former club Athletic Bilbao reportedly keen on luring him back to his homeland.

Yet these reports should be of interest to Everton manager Marco Silva, as while things have certainly improved at Goodison Park in recent times, there is little doubting that the Toffees could benefit from having a player like Herrera in their midfield.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, it appears as though Idrissa Gueye is the number one central midfielder at the Merseyside outfit, which isn’t hugely surprising given the Senegal international is industrious and often makes more tackles and interceptions than the rest of his teammates.

But who plays in the other midfield role alongside the 29-year-old is far from certain, with the likes of Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin having partnered Gueye at times already this term, both to varying degrees of success.

20-year-old Davies currently has the shirt, and indeed the captain’s armband, to suggest that he is at the forefront of Silva’s mind, but even he hasn’t always convinced in that central midfield role – thus, the Toffees are crying out for greater depth and quality in that area.

And there is little doubting that 29-year-old Herrera would give them that were he to move to Goodison Park.

The Spaniard made the move to United little over four years ago and has since gone on to appear 164 times for the Red Devils, 112 of which coming in the Premier League.

And while he has only mustered 69 minutes of league action so far this term under Mourinho, he has on the whole been a regular feature at Old Trafford in the last few years to underline his ability in the central midfield role – one outstanding display against Liverpool springs to mind as a particular highlight.

And with the tenacity off the ball in seeking to break up play and disrupt the opposition, alongside genuine ability on it with 24 assists to his name at United, the two-times Spain international appears to be exactly what the Toffees need in that midfield area, complementing Gueye perfectly both on and indeed off the ball.

Thus, with Herrera seemingly on his way out of Old Trafford in the near future, Silva must seek to make a move for the 29-year-old – it’s a transfer masterstroke that is staring him straight in the face.

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