As transfer rumours continue to ferment, Everton should be in the race for the Gent and Canada forward Jonathan David.
David has had a terrific season to date, as he’s netted 18 times and added another eight assists with his Belgian club.
The Canadian international, can play anywhere between midfield and up front. He’s also two-footed and could therefore, in theory anyway, play on the flanks, either on the left or more probably on the right.
David is also young, he is only 20, and so would be a player who fits in with the clubs transfer strategy under Director of Football Marcel Brands leadership.
Although these reports mention links with United and Arsenal, that’s likely just paper talk and/or a story put out by his agent. I feel that those clubs, particularly United, will likely look at other high-profile targets such as Jack Grealish.
David has suggested he would like to play in the English Premier League in the future. Given the fact he is a young and talented attacking player, who is a little bit under the radar he seems a prospect who would suit Everton and would I think, represent a solid investment.
Moving on, as we begin the countdown to the Blues first game when the season re-starts, Sunday’s derby game against Liverpool, one young defender might get an unexpected chance to shine in the heart of the Everton defence.
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That player is Jarrad Branthwaite. The 18-year-old was signed by the Toffees back in January in the club’s only winter transfer window move.
It was expected he would spend some time in the Under-23’s with a possible view to him making the first team squad next season.
Now with the injury to Yerry Mina, Branthwaite is according to the Liverpool Echo, apparently being possibly considered to start alongside either Mason Holgate or Micheal Keane.
This would seem a little risky to me, given his youth and lack of Premier League experience. It is still too early for him to be given a start in such a big game, it’s more probably he will be on the bench.
I hope that Branthwaite will become a fine defender, but I would feel that in truth Carlo Ancelotti will be considering Holgate and Keane will be the likely first choice central defensive partnership come Sunday’s derby match.