The resident Toffees in the Transfer Tavern are desperately hoping for further reinforcements at the club this month to ensure that they steer well clear of a relegation scrap.
Everton have been vastly improved since the arrival of Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park, but the club have endured a slump in form in recent weeks which has seen them collect just 3 points from their last available 18. Allardyce’s response has been to land two new attacking players in the shape of Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott so far this month, but he may need to sign a left-back to cover the injury of Leighton Baines to ensure that Everton remain solid in defence.
Baines has been ruled out with a calf injury problem the end of November, and his absence has given Cuco Martina the opportunity to impress whilst deputising at left-back.
However, Martina is more accustomed to playing on the right-side of a back-four, and he has looked far from comfortable during his stint at left-back so far. The fact that Martina is naturally right-footed is certainly not aiding his cause, so Allardyce should bring a left-footed full-back to the club this month to fill the void left by Baines.
With that being said, Everton should look no further than Bristol City’s Joe Bryan, who has looked more than ready for a step-up in class during his Carabao Cup appearances for The Robins this season.
Bryan rose to fame after he capped off a wonderful team goal in the most emphatic style to give Lee Johnson’s side the lead against Manchester United during their quarter-final clash, and according to reports in The Daily Express, he has become a target for both Everton and Newcastle United.
However, Newcastle confirmed the loan signing of Brazilian left-back Kenedy yesterday, so the path looks clear for The Toffees to make a bid for Bryan’s services this month.
Although Everton will almost certainly avoid relegation this season without the signing of Bryan, they would be wise to bring him to the club this month before competition for his signature intensifies next summer.
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