Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating their team’s clash with Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday, although the Toffees go into the encounter off the back of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Sam Allardyce’s men beat both Brighton and Stoke City in their two matches prior to meeting Pep Guardiola’s side last weekend, but the Citizens were on a different level and ran out comfortable winners thanks to goals from Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, and Raheem Sterling. Nonetheless, there are many excited Toffees supporters in the Tavern ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside derby, with Allardyce’s side going in search of a first win over the Reds in eight years at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Subsequently, there are many upbeat and optimistic Evertonians in the Tavern at present, several of whom are sincerely hoping their side can end their barren run without a win over their bitter rivals, although they are well aware of the challenge given the Reds thumped City 3-0 in midweek.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Everton supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Burnley midfielder Steven Defour.
And while news of a possible move for the 29-year-old is likely to intrigue those Toffees fans lining up at the bar, landing the midfielder could be bad news for £10.8 million-rated ace James McCarthy (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, the 27-year-old has seen his season decimated by injuries, be it knee and hamstring issues in the first half of the campaign, or a broken leg sustained in Everton’s 1-1 draw with West Brom back in January.
As such, the Republic of Ireland international has been restricted to just four Premier League appearances this season, and given the depth already in the central midfield department, he may find it difficult getting back into the side when he’s back to full fitness.
Idrissa Gueye is comfortably the best central midfielder at the club and will start more often than not, while summer signing Wayne Rooney has found himself playing in the deeper role to good effect in recent times to suggest that he’s another option in that area.
And with Morgan Schneiderlin, who albeit hasn’t had a great campaign thus far, and Tom Davies also used regularly in the middle of the park, it’s not going to be easy for McCarthy to reclaim his place in the starting eleven, let alone if Defour makes his way to Goodison Park in the summer.
Clearly, McCarthy has great ability given he has played 132 games for Everton since making the move from Wigan Athletic back in 2013, but further midfield reinforcements over the summer will only make it more difficult for him to get back into the side when he returns from injury.
As such, landing Defour this summer would surely be bad news for the 27-year-old.
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