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 new Toffees 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 Merseysiders to an eighth place finish in the Premier League. However, the club’s hierarchy decided that he was not the man for the long-term at Goodison Park, with former Hull City and Watford chief Silva replacing the 64-year-old, much to the delight of our resident Evertonians.
As such, there are many excited and expectant Toffees supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be interested by recent reports suggesting that West Ham are only set to offer Jack Wilshere a one-year deal to move to the London Stadium.
And with that reportedly unlikely to thrill the £18 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), these recent reports should trigger Everton to up the ante in pursuit of the England international, as Silva seeks to build a side capable of challenging the top six this term.
Ultimately, injuries have decimated Wilshere’s career up until this point, with the 26-year-old managing just 198 senior appearances for Arsenal in his ten-year stint in the first team at the Emirates Stadium.
However, one mustn’t forget that he last term mustered 38 appearances for the Gunners to perhaps suggest that he is beginning to get over his injury troubles, while his performances on the whole last time round were indicative of the quality player we all know Wilshere can be.
Yet West Ham are clearly airing on the side of caution given his injury record, which could open the door for Everton to make a slightly longer term offer to the 26-year-old, in a bid to land the man to patrol their midfield for many years to come.
While Idrissa Gueye once again enjoyed a solid campaign in the heart of the Toffees midfield, many others struggled for consistency over the course of the year, with Morgan Schneiderlin failing to totally convince until the latter stages of the campaign, while Wayne Rooney looks set to leave for the MLS.
And while Tom Davies certainly seems to be the future for the Merseyside outfit in the middle of the park, Silva will be under pressure to take the club forward this season, especially with a new stadium seemingly just around the corner in a few years’ time.
And sealing a deal for soon-to-be out of contract star Wilshere would go some way to underlining their ambitions, as there is little doubting that when fully fit and firing, the England international is one of the most effective midfielders in the Premier League.
Yes, there will be obvious concerns given his injury history, but with West Ham only willing to offer him a one-year deal, Everton must seek to seize the initiative in pursuit of the midfielder in a bid to bring genuine quality to Goodison Park.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!