The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are expecting major changes to be made at the club once again this summer following an uninspiring campaign.
Considering the gulf in class between the top-six and the rest of the Premier League, it’s difficult to understand how much more the Everton supporters can expect from Sam Allardyce who has led the club into what will presumably be an 8th place finish this season, but it’s clear they are hoping for his dismissal this summer. Who exactly will lead the club in their quest to break into the top-six next season remains to be seen, but reports from the Daily Mirror suggest they will attempt to sign Yaya Toure from Manchester City to boost their European ambitions.
According to the report, Everton will face competition from Burnley, Wolves and a host of clubs from abroad this summer in their bid to sign a legend of the Premier League era. Although Toure still has something to offer the Premier League, the Toffees would be wiser to target one of his Man City teammates instead this summer, namely Patrick Roberts.
Roberts is currently playing his trade on loan in the SPFL with Celtic, although he has hardly featured this season due to injury problems. However, his record with the club he has played at for just over two years makes for impressive reading, as he has notched 18 goals and provided 26 assists from 77 appearances for the club – a mightily impressive return for a player who only celebrated his 21st birthday in February.
The progress Roberts has made with the Scottish giants so far suggests he is ready for the step up to the Premier League next season, but it’s unlikely he will get an opportunity to showcase his talent at the Etihad Stadium and, considering Everton are short of quality options in wide positions, Roberts would represent a wise acquisition for the Toffees.
Toure’s extortionate wage demands will certainly not represent the value of his contribution to the first-team, whereas Roberts’ demands will be comparably modest and relative to his age and experience. Quite simply, Roberts has enormous potential to improve, plays in a position where Everton’s options are sparse and is better value for money than Toure, so the club should divert their attention away from the Ivorian and do everything in their power to sign the technically-gifted right-winger this summer.
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