Everton supporters have been pretty glum in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team’s woeful Premier League away form continue courtesy of a 1-0 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the Hornets having won just one of their previous 13 away games in the league, picking up a paltry eight points in the process. And the Toffees were unable to double their victory tally last time out either as a Troy Deeney effort 11 minutes from time was enough to seal all three points for Javi Gracia’s side, thus moving the Hertfordshire-based outfit to within a point of ninth place Everton in the Premier League table.
Consequently, there have been many frustrated and angry Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can get back to winning ways when they travel to Burnley on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that they are in the race for West Brom defender Jonny Evans, who could be able for as little as £3 million were the Baggies to get relegated.
And with that looking like an increasingly likely scenario, Allardyce’s side simply must fend off the likes of Leicester City and West Ham to land the centre-back, as doing so would give them their strongest defence in years.
Ultimately, despite tightening up in the immediate aftermath of Allardyce’s appointment, the Toffees remain very vulnerable at the back having conceded 47 goals in just 28 Premier League games this term, only three teams have shipped more (Huddersfield Town, West Ham, and Stoke City).
Clearly, reinforcements to that backline are much needed in the summer, and given the likes of Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka are out of contract in 2019, and very much the wrong side of 30, they need to start planning for life after the experienced duo.
And that is where Evans comes in.
Just a few months ago, the former Manchester United defender was being linked with a move to Arsenal and Manchester City such were his efforts at the heart of the Baggies backline – that’s how highly rated he is.
And while some Evertonians may be concerned that Evans turned 30 back in January, thus suggesting that it’s not a clear nod to the future, his ability in the Premier League is undoubted, and he would thus surely be the ideal man for young duo Michael Keane and Mason Holgate to learn from.
Be it with the ball at his feet and launching attacks to aerially going toe-to-toe with some of the toughest strikers in the Premier League, Evans has got it all, and with over 200 Premier League appearances and 67 international caps to his name, he’s vastly experienced as well.
He could well form a formidable partnership with either Keane or Holgate in the heart of the Everton backline, and with Seamus Coleman down the right hand side and Leighton Baines down the other, his arrival would turn a decent Toffees defence into a very good one.
In fact, landing the £13.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) would give Everton their strongest defence in years, and one that could lay the foundations for a European assault next term.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!