Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the summer transfer window, with many hoping that their team will make key signings in key positions to boost their European chances next season.
The Toffees finished eighth in the Premier League this term with 49 points from their 38 matches, 12 points fewer than they achieved in finishing seventh under Ronald Koeman last time round. Yet that is a disappointing return given the amount of investment there was in the playing squad 12 months ago, with many of our resident Evertonians hoping that their club can buy more sensibly this summer in a bid to challenge the top six next time round.
And with Sam Allardyce no longer the club’s manager, there is some optimism among those Everton fans lining up at the bar, with many intrigued by recent reports linking Willian with a move away from Chelsea this summer.
And while Manchester United are thought to want the £28.8 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), these recent reports should prompt Everton into an audacious move for the forward this summer in a bid to bolster their attacking ranks.
Ultimately, the Toffees struggled for much of the campaign in the final third of the pitch, with Wayne Rooney eventually finishing the season as the club’s top-scorer with just 11 goals to his name.
And while Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun were brought in during the January window to add further quality to the attacking department, neither have so far set the world alight to suggest that they can be the men to take Everton forward next term.
Whereas it’s clear from Willian’s spell at Chelsea that he is exactly the sort of addition they need to challenge for the European spots.
The Brazil international scored 13 goals and laid on 12 assists for the Blues this term in their run to fifth place in the league and indeed the FA Cup title, thus adding to the 12 goals he netted last time round in their Premier League title-winning success.
In fact, the 29-year-old has scored at least ten times in each of his last three seasons at Stamford Bridge to underline his quality in the final third, and with Everton winger Yannick Bolasie struggling to re-discover his best after injury, Willian would no doubt be a better option than him at present.
And with a willingness to work hard defensively as well, the Brazilian star appears to be exactly the sort of player any manager would want in their squad – there’s a reason Jose Mourinho reportedly wants a reunion with the 29-year-old at United.
Yet Everton should also seek to lure the unhappy star away from Chelsea this summer, as doing so would without doubt enhance their chances of challenging the top six next time round.
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