According to ESPN, Everton are one of a few Premier League teams interested in landing Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy this summer. The 27-year-old enjoyed a fine season at the John Smith’s Stadium last time round to thus attract interest during the close season, and were new Toffees boss Marco Silva to indeed land the Australia international, it would finally solve a key midfield issue at Goodison Park.
Ultimately, the Toffees endured a testing and disappointing Premier League campaign last time round given the investment made last summer, with many areas of the squad clearly lacking in the sufficient depth and quality to sustain a challenge to the top six teams.
And one of those areas in question was the central midfield department, as other than the influential Idrissa Gueye, both Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce found it hard to fall upon the ideal partner or indeed system to get the best out of the midfield ranks.
Morgan Schneiderlin, other than a few fine performances at the rear end of the season, was below-par for much of the campaign, to the point that he could be sold this summer, while Wayne Rooney clearly didn’t enjoy playing in a slightly deeper role, although he will join DC United next month – James McCarthy’s campaign was also decimated by injuries.
And while Tom Davies deserves credit for his efforts in the middle of the park, it’s clear that Silva’s team are lacking in that area of the field, which is why they must seek to do a deal for the mightily impressive Mooy.
The 27-year-old has played as big a part as any in the Huddersfield fairy-tale in the last few years, firstly in helping the Terriers win promotion from the Championship back in 2017, before going one better and inspiring them to Premier League safety last time round.
With four goals and four assists in all competitions for the Yorkshire side last term, it’s clear that he would complement the skills of Everton’s Gueye, with the latter slightly more industrious and strong off the ball, and while Mooy does have that in his locker, he is arguably more effective with the ball at his feet and seeking to move it forward.
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And if Silva is to take his new club forward next term, and indeed in the years to come, they have to address the obvious problem in the middle of the park – the addition of Mooy would do just that.
And with reports also suggesting that Manchester City are not to trigger a buy-back clause in the 27-year-old’s contract, Silva must take advantage by bringing the £9 million-rated lynchpin (as per Transfermarkt) to Goodison Park.
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