Everton supporters have been significantly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side get back to winning ways with a 2-1 success over Leicester City at Goodison Park on Wednesday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the Foxes having failed to win any of their preceding six Premier League matches, with three draws and three defeats a far cry away from the four wins the former England chief oversaw in his first five matches in charge. Nonetheless, the Toffees produced a much-improved display to see off Claude Puel’s Leicester on Wednesday, with a first half brace from January signing Theo Walcott enough to seal an eighth league victory of the campaign for the Merseysiders, pulling them further clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Subsequently, there have been many buoyant Toffees fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom have been having their say on their club’s deadline day move to bring Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala to Goodison Park on loan for the rest of the season.
And while the Frenchman hasn’t been overly convincing in his time at the Etihad Stadium, luring him to Goodison Park could turn out to be a very shrewd move from Allardyce and the Everton hierarchy in their pursuit of seventh place in the Premier League table.
Ultimately, the Toffees remain vulnerable at the back despite Allardyce’s appointment back in November, as although they picked up five clean sheets in their opening seven games, they have since conceded ten in their last five matches to suggest that their early season problems aren’t yet behind them.
And while this term has on the whole been quite an underwhelming one for Evertonians, given the amount of money they spent over the summer, they could still salvage seventh place and potentially a spot in the Europa League, were one of the top six to go on and win the FA Cup.
And adding Mangala to their ranks might help them in that quest, as it gives Allardyce another viable option in the heart of his backline alongside the likes of Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, Michael Keane, and Mason Holgate, all of whom have been guilty of errors so far this season.
Yes, the Man City centre-back hasn’t been particularly great during his spell in England so far, but there have been glimpses of quality, and under a manager like Allardyce, who wants his defenders to defend and sets his teams up as difficult to beat, the 26-year-old could come into his own.
At 26, Mangala also offers a more youthful alternative to Williams and Jagielka, and were things to go well for the Frenchman on Merseyside, a permanent move could well take place in the summer as Allardyce seeks to rebuild and plan ahead for life at Everton.
Ultimately, although it was not the most glamourous signing the Toffees could have made during the January window, it certainly appears to be a shrewd one, and if Mangala can find consistency in his performances, something which was lacking at City, the £13.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) could play a big part in their hopes for back-to-back seventh place finishes in the Premier League.
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