Everton fans at the Transfer Tavern seem to have mixed thoughts about Big Sam’s reign at the club thus far but a big spending spree in the summer transfer window could ensure Everton don’t have another ropey start next season.
One vital area to address so they don’t have a bad start again is in defence. With Seamus Coleman only just returning from injury and Leighton Baines ageing, it might be time that they look at full-back Matteo Darmian, currently of Premier League giants Manchester United (valued at £10.8 million on Transfermarkt).
The Italian never lived up to the hype when arriving at Man United, mainly because people were hoping he was going to be the next Gary Neville because he looked like him!
In fact this season, Darmian has only managed four appearances in the Premier League as he clearly isn’t rated too highly by boss Jose Mourinho. He hasn’t actually been named on the team sheet in the league since the 1st of January so clearly a move away from Old Trafford may be ideal for both parties.
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The 28-year-old clearly possesses the talent to perform in the Premier League as he is still at Man United. His spells in Italian football earned him the move to the Red Devils as he massively impressed for Torino, of whom he made over 150 appearances for.
Mason Holgate and Jonjoe Kenny are both still learning but seem to have the ability to be at Everton for a long time. In order to solve their defensive issues here and now though, there aren’t many better options for the Toffees than Matteo Darmian.
His versatility is perfect for many teams, with the 28-year-old possessing the ability to play on either side of the defence. He is more of a modern-day full-back because he likes to join in with attacks but equally, he has the defensive qualities to sniff out danger when it gets nearer his own goal.
Would Darmian be a good addition to Everton or is he needing a move away from English football?