Last Saturday’s mediocre performance against Watford at Goodison Park should’ve signalled to Marco Silva that right-back Séamus Coleman won’t be Everton’s long-term solution in this specific position.
After making a successful return to the Toffees first-team this season after a lengthy injury layoff, Coleman’s showing against the Hornets should tempt the manager to start looking for a fresh replacement that would offer more direction, defensively and in attack.
One such player could be Fiorentina’s Vincent Laurini.
After making more than 140 appearances for Empoli, the Frenchman joined Fiorentina in the summer upon the completion of a season-long loan spell at Viola.
Despite having to fight for a place in the starting lineup of late, Laurini was an integral part of the Fiorentina defence that saw them finish in eighth position in the Serie A last season.
The 29-year-old immediately proved to be a talent in the Fiorentina setup when he joined them on loan last season with his vast experience and excellent technical defending on the right flank.
Everton, though, could definitely benefit from someone with his skill-set. Saturday’s draw against Watford proved how inconsistent and static Coleman still is and the two goals were conceded mainly because of the sloppiness in defence by the 30-year-old.
Laurini would offer Silva a much more hands-on defender who is quick to throw himself at opposition attackers. His ruthlessness has also been a superb feature of his game with his energetic and non-stop commitment.
The defender completed his first 90 minutes of the season last weekend in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Sassuolo and could now continue to be the main right-back in Stefano Pioli’s team.
But an active transfer market by Silva and his recruitment staff in January could tempt Laurini to consider his options outside of the Serie A as Coleman’s inconsistency could continue to cost Everton throughout the season.