Everton supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week following their side’s wretched run of form.
The Toffees were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Tottenham on Saturday to suffer a second successive Premier League defeat, yet had the chance to regain some form when they travelled to Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
However, Ronald Koeman’s men lost 3-0 to the Serie A outfit to suggest that they are crisis-bound, although the Toffees fans lining up at the bar in the Tavern may be encouraged by a recent report from Swedish news outlet Fotboll Skanalen.
And that’s because they say that Koeman’s Everton, as well as Simon Grayson’s Sunderland, are reportedly keeping tabs on IFK Goteborg goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg.
The 18-year-old moved to the Swedish club back in 2015 but only this season has begun featuring regularly for the side, starting all 22 of their Allsvenskan matches thus far, in which time he has kept four clean sheets and conceded just 29 goals.
And it appears that the Sweden Under-21 international, who earned his first caps at that level earlier this year, is attracting interest from England in the form of Everton and Sunderland, with both seemingly placing great emphasis on youth in a bid to build their clubs for the present, as well as the future.
But with Koeman’s Everton somewhat stuck in a rut at present, our resident Toffees supporters are likely to take the news as much-needed respite after a testing few weeks for their club.
Landlord’s verdict: Ronald Koeman has given youth a chance since arriving at Everton back in 2016, and deserves great credit for doing so.
The likes of Mason Holgate, Tom Davies, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all featured regularly for the Toffees last term while they also moved for teenager Ademola Lookman in January, with it clear that Koeman is planning for both the present and the future of the club.
And that is why reported interest in 18-year-old goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg isn’t hugely surprising, with the Swedish Under-21 international slowly but surely rising to prominence in his homeland following a fine campaign in the Allsvenskan thus far.
A goalkeeper isn’t one of Koeman’s top priorities, but integrating young players appears to be, and that could lead to the Merseyside outfit launching a bid come the New Year.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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