Everton have improved under new boss Sam Allardyce, but Saturday’s 4-0 thumping at the hands of Tottenham has highlighted the defensive frailties the club exhibited earlier in the season.
Harry Kane and co. ran riot against a hapless Everton side, who looked shell-shocked by the superiority of their opponents. The result means that Everton have now conceded a monstrous thirty-eight goals this season, a record that will not help to achieve a top half finish this semester. Fans here in The Transfer Tavern have seen their side strengthen going forward, with the £27 million arrival of Cenk Tosun a welcome addition, but now want to see their defensive woes resolved. Our landlord wanted to gauge the opinions of fans as to who could solve their crisis, and caught up with the Scouse bunch over a couple of pints to discuss potential defensive targets.
The results were astounding, with every fan stating that they wanted Allardyce to move for Newcastle United’s £6.3m-rated Jamaal Lascelles this month. The 24-year-old has been sensational following the Magpies promotion to the Premier League, with manager Rafa Benitez touting the Derby-born man for an England call-up ahead of the World Cup in June. With another top young English prospect on their books already in Michael Keane, England boss Gareth Southgate would be pleased to see the pair playing together on a weekly basis.
Lascelles is a top talent whose passion for the game and the win cannot be understated, and he could really take this Toffees backline to the next level. Should Allardyce pull off a deal this month or perhaps explore the potential of a move in the summer, Everton would improve significantly.
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