Everton supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team get back to winning ways in the Premier League courtesy of a 1-0 success over in-form Newcastle United on Monday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their meeting with the North East giants having failed to win any of their preceding three league games, with draws against Swansea City and Liverpool succeeding their 3-1 defeat at home to champions Manchester City. Yet the Toffees recorded a tenth home victory of the campaign on Monday as a Theo Walcott strike just after the break was enough to clinch all three points at Goodison Park, thus moving Everton above Leicester City into eighth place in the Premier League table.
Subsequently, there have been many upbeat and happy Toffees supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can finish the season well to build momentum ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Evertonians to discuss, not least recent reports linking their club with a summer move for Swansea’s Ki Sung-yueng.
And such have been the 29-year-old’s efforts for the Swans in recent years, there’s little doubting that the £6.3 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) would be the perfect midfield partner for Idrissa Gueye at Goodison Park.
Ultimately, the Senegal international is comfortably the best central midfielder at Everton, having made the move from Aston Villa back in 2016 and since then proving his worth in breaking up play and reading the game brilliantly from the middle of the park.
However, the position next to him in Allardyce’s two in front of the back four is very much up for grabs.
Morgan Schneiderlin, albeit much better against the Magpies on Monday, has endured a testing season, while both Tom Davies and Wayne Rooney have proven to be more effective in a more advanced role – thus, it’s a space that seriously needs filling.
And South Korea international Ki could be the man to fill it.
The 29-year-old has impressed greatly since making the move to the Liberty Stadium back in 2012, and has certainly been one of their better performers under new boss Carlos Carvalhal as they again seek to pull off a miraculous escape.
Ki ran the show in their 4-1 victory over West Ham back in March and just a few weeks earlier scored the crucial goal in their narrow success over Burnley, thus underlining his ability to get into forward areas and make a telling impact.
Significantly though, it’s also what he does off the ball which is hugely impressive, with the 29-year-old able to read the game well and break up play in the middle of the park, thus enabling him to utilise his ability on the ball to get into good areas and feed the forward players.
Thus, alongside the industrious and tenacious Gueye, the duo would have pretty much everything needed to be a successful and formidable central midfield partnership – the sort that could take Everton to the next level in years to come.
As such, the Toffees must seek to land the out-of-contract star this summer, as he would be the perfect partner for Gueye in the middle of the Everton midfield.
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