The signing of Richarlison stands alone as the only major acquisition Marco Silva has made since arriving at the club earlier in the summer, but a recent report from the Daily Mail suggests he is lining up another big-money reunion with a player whom he has worked with previously, namely Marcos Rojo.
According to the report, Silva is interested in signing the Argentina international in a deal which could be worth £30 million and, with Mourinho most likely to sell Rojo over his four other centre-backs, a potential transfer could well be on the cards.
After watching the Everton defence be torn apart at times last season by modest opposition with Ashley Williams and Michael Keane offering little by way of adequate protection for Jordan Pickford, the signing of a new centre-back should certainly be at the top of Silva’s agenda in the final 9 days of the window.
Targetting a player of Rojo’s expertise and experience both internationally and at club level is a wise strategy for Silva to adopt, as he would add genuine quality to their options at centre-back – something which is glaringly absent at this moment in time.
But not only would Rojo (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt) add solidity to Everton’s defence, he would inject a level of passion and sometimes reckless enthusiasm that would transform the atmosphere at Goodison Park which fell uncharacteristically flat last season in the midst of an uninspiring season.
Sure, Rojo’s tendency to go to ground with force has often been construed as petulant behaviour which doesn’t belong on the football pitch, but his overzealous approach is one which the supporters would prefer to see over the passive and somewhat muted approach which Keane and Williams often demonstrated last season – providing Rojo doesn’t get sent off every third game of course.
He will certainly need to improve his disciplinary record in order to become a resounding success on Merseyside, but if he can channel his aggression correctly there’s no doubt his impact would put the fire back into the belly of Everton Football Club.
Aside from the attitude he would install at the club, fundamentally Rojo is a technically sound defender who has the mentality and experience to lead from the back, so Silva should do everything in his power to convince him to embark on a new challenge at Everton this summer.
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