Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are keeping a close on eye on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, scouting for potential transfer targets.
With Marco Silva in charge, our regulars are hoping for a much better performance next season following a dismal 2017/18 campaign under Sam Allardyce. The Toffees finished in eighth on the Premier League table, but the style of play used by the ex-England boss left fans disillusioned. With Allardyce gone, Everton must look to revamp their squad.
Following last summer’s poor transfer dealings, the Blues surely must sell in order to buy. New director of football, Marcel Brands, will look to trim the squad to free up transfer funds. Morgan Schneiderlin is reportedly set to depart according to the Guardian.
A midfield partner for Idrissa Gana Gueye will be a priority in the summer window. Brands would be wise to look at Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria. The Swiss international joined from BSC Young Boys last summer and made 30 appearances in the Bundesliga last year. He came off the bench to help Switzerland pick up a point in their opening group game against Brazil.
Standing at 6ft 3in, Zakaria is a commanding presence in the engine room. The 21-year-old can play in a deep defensive role or a more advanced central midfielder position. He is an excellent tackler, averaging 2.5 tackles per game last season; only Gueye managed more out of Everton’s midfielders (WhoScored). The youngster has the quality to dictate the tempo of the game, completing 89% of his passes last season, a higher percentage than any Everton player.
Zakaria is the ideal replacement for Schneiderlin.
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