With the potential of an, almost complete, overhaul of Everton’s midfield in a matter of days, you have to wonder which area of the pitch Ancelotti will be improving on next?
If all the speculation, rumours and airport photos are anything to go by, it would appear that Everton will have a brand new midfield in the very near future. Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure, if they all come to fruition, will be an outstanding piece of business and it will have Toffee fans wondering, what the next signing will be.
There are some definite areas that are in need of improvement, there’s Right Wing, Right Back and Goalkeeper and already there are some strong contenders to fill these places.
Jonjoe Kenny had a fantastic loan stint at Schalke last season and it’s no secret that he begrudgingly returned back to Everton. Due to current financial struggles, Schalke cannot afford to buy Kenny so they may go down the loan route again. With the departure of Sidibe back to AS Monaco, this would mean another right back is needed, whether Everton keep Kenny or not as Coleman really isn’t getting any younger.
One player that could fill this space is PSG’s Colin Dagba. TalkSPORT have reported that PSG are linked with a move for Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, meaning their current right back Dagba would have his playtime seriously reduced. Le10 Sport reported Everton’s interest in the player way back in June so that’s a definite player to keep an eye on.
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Pickford’s reliability has been the subject of conversation for a while now, it seems that most weeks he makes some kind of clanger, whether it’s a novice fumble, a misthrow or an easy goal for the opposition. The issue is, he doesn’t seem to have the competition so he feels comfortable, this, however, could change with the rumoured arrival of Man Utd’s Sergio Romero.
The Argentine keeper is falling out of favour with Manchester now having Dean Henderson back from his 2-year loan at Sheffield, where he had a fantastic last season with an incredible 13 clean sheets. Romero would not be a direct replacement for Pickford as he is still the number 1 pick, but having firm competition is undoubtedly needed to up both keepers’ game.
Lastly, a name that keeps coming up is that of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar. The French international has fallen out of favour for Diego Simeone’s side after having a slightly underwhelming season, offers have come in from the likes of Porto but have been rejected as a Premier League moves is preferred.
A player of his versatility is exactly what is needed for the Toffees, Lemar can play central midfield as well as the left and right, this adaptability is what makes him so desires by Ancelotti.
As Everton are considering offers for Gylfi Sigurdsson, Yannick Bolasie, Theo Walcott and Bernard, the entire left to right of midfield, having a player like Lemar in your locker to fill the appropriate hole sounds incredibly appealing.
With this being the first full summer break with Ancelotti and a slow start, Everton’s transfers seem to have hit the ground running and it’s creating some real excitement. With me constantly refreshing my social media feed for more news, I cannot wait to see what the next few weeks bring.