The Everton fans have been slating their side in the Transfer Tavern ever since they witnessed yet another abject away performance against Burnley at Turf Moor last Saturday.
The pressure on Sam Allardyce continued to intensify last weekend as his side slumped to their 5th consecutive away defeat in Lancashire – a result which plunged Everton into the bottom half of the table for the first time since early December. The Toffees could have absolutely no excuse about the result as Burnley consistently threatened Pickford’s goal throughout the second-half and thoroughly deserved to overturn a 1 nil half-time deficit.
Everton desperately need to solve their defensive problems if they are to finally end their abysmal run on the road, as Ashley Williams and Michael Keane looked like an accident waiting to happen all afternoon. Neither of the aforementioned defenders were able to nullify the threat that Ashley Barnes posed in behind or the aerial threat that Chris Wood injected when he entered proceedings from the substitutes bench, but it was the performance of Williams which was particularly concerning for Everton supporters.
Williams was guilty of a handful of alarming schoolboy errors throughout proceedings which served to emphasise the clubs need to invest in new defensive talent this summer. The Welsh international was guilty of ball-watching, wasting possession and failing to communicate effectively with his defensive partner, to name just a few errors he was culpable of committing.
Considering his notable dip in form this season, it appears that the time has come for Everton to replace the 33-year-old next summer in a bid to build for the future. With that being said, The Toffees should consider making a move for West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson (valued at £5.4 million by Transfermarkt) in the likely event that The Baggies are relegated at the end of the season.
West Brom’s relegation will undoubtedly force them to lower Dawson’s valuation and subsequently allow Everton the opportunity to sign the 27-year-old at a cut price. Dawson boasts an excellent goal-scoring record for a defender, but despite this, he certainly will not represent the supporters ideal choice to succeed Williams, which is perfectly understandable for a club who harbour dreams of qualifying for European football again next season.
However, Dawson would be a fantastic defender to have within the squad at the very least, and given the right opportunities and guidance, he might just prove his doubters wrong. Financially speaking, a move for Dawson will be too good an opportunity for Everton to miss next summer, so they should make every effort to secure his signature following The Baggies relegation.