After a solid first season under the stewardship of Ronald Koeman, the Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are excited about the next chapter in their bright new story.
Backed by big money these days, the Toffees in the Tavern are hopeful they can make up ground on the Premier League’s famed top six with some clever work in the transfer market this summer.
So, many of our Merseyside locals are desperate for the club to avoid going back in for Moussa Sissoko this summer. The Frenchman was strongly linked with a move to Goodison Park last summer when leaving Newcastle United and is thought to have turned off his phone when Koeman tried to contact him.
Though the Dutch coach has recently taken a dig at the midfielder, there had previously been suggestions he could still end up joining Everton. However, if the blue half of Liverpool really do want to improve this summer, they need to ignore him at all costs.
Sissoko (rated at £17m on Transfermarkt) has recently claimed his year in north London has been the worst of his career and hinted he could look to leave Hotspur Way. Still, his probable availability over the next few months should not yield any more interest from Everton.
Few would doubt the fact that Everton overpaid last summer for players such as Yannick Bolasie and Ashley Williams, though in many ways, they had to. The club were just coming to terms with the big money Farhad Moshiri was bringing with him and many selling clubs were well aware of the riches readily available to Koeman and company.
Since, however, the former Southampton coach has started to develop the youth talent at the club. The likes of Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and Matthew Pennington have largely flourished, while the signing of Ademola Lookman is more in keeping with how Everton should spend their money.
Exciting youngsters – as well as astute additions such as Morgan Schneiderlin – would be far better investments than big name mercenaries.