Everton supporters have been significantly more buoyant in the Transfer Tavern in recent times since the arrival of Sam Allardyce as manager, with the former England boss helping them to a credible 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby at Anfield last weekend.
The ex-Bolton Wanderers and West Ham chief was named as Ronald Koeman’s successor back on November 30 after a few months out of the game following his resignation as Crystal Palace manager back in May. And the 63-year-old helped the Toffees pick up a 1-1 draw against bitter rivals Liverpool last weekend, with Wayne Rooney’s penalty 13 minutes from time, resulting from Dejan Lovren’s clumsy foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, cancelling out Mohamed Salah’s opener for the Reds to preserve a point for Everton, and thus keep them in the top half of the Premier League table.
Subsequently, there have been many upbeat Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are already looking ahead to the forthcoming January transfer window, and thus to who their team could look to sign to strengthen the squad going into the second half of the season.
And one man they have been linked with in recent days is Hamburg starlet Jann-Fiete Arp, a 17-year-old record-breaking striker who became the first player to be born in the 2000s to play and then score in the Bundesliga.
And with several first team starts since then, the Germany youth international has gone from strength to strength, and it’s form which has reportedly attracted the interest of Everton and indeed Tottenham, but Arp must opt for a move to Merseyside over North London.
And that’s because there would be greater opportunities for first team chances at Goodison Park, while he could become a key star in leading the club into their new era at the new stadium in the years to come.
Ultimately, what with Harry Kane and Fernando Llorente both quality strikers at Premier League level, the 17-year-old would find it particularly tricky to dislodge either from Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham squad.
Yet the competition is less significantly less fierce at Everton, and their struggles in that department are one of the chief reasons for their sluggish start to the season, what with former boss Koeman failing to adequately fill the huge void left by star striker Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Manchester United in the summer.
Thus, Arp would likely command more regular football at Goodison Park than at Wembley, thus aiding his development, and given the club’s recent record of giving young players a chance, with the likes of Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, and Mason Holgate all featuring often for the senior side, the 17-year-old could well get the opportunities to prove his worth to manager Allardyce
And with a new stadium on the horizon, Arp could be the man to lead the club into their new era, and given the amount of youngsters currently in the side, the future certainly looks bright in the blue half of Merseyside – Arp may want to be a part of that as they seek regular European competition.
Add all that together, and the 17-year-old sensation should opt for Everton over Tottenham in the coming transfer windows.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!