The latest round of transfer rumours has found Everton get associated with the name of Real Sociedad defender Modibo Sagnan. Frankly, these links don’t really make sense at this point in time.
We are in the midst of a transfer window and expectedly there hasn’t been much movement at Everton or in England in that case. The January transfer window is not for blockbuster big name signings but for patching the rising issues with decent workable solutions. It is true that the Toffees have certain areas that need strengthening, but it has been made clear by Marcel Brands that the club won’t go shopping unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Everton won’t dive into the market unless there’s an absolute need. If someone like Bernard or Cenk Tosun departs, a temporary loan move or a loan with an option to buy would make sense. Unnecessary transfers are just going to increase the load on already fragile finances at a time when the whole sport suffers the consequences of the pandemic. A master tactician like Carlo Ancelotti can make do with this squad and deliver convincing results, the game at Wolves is a testament.
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If we are to go by Brands’ claims, the Toffees are concentrating on more outgoings. Offloading players who no longer fit into the plans are somewhat the need of the hour. Everton sent Jarrad Branthwaite on loan to Blackburn Rovers so that he can gain some valuable playing time, something that was not a possibility at Goodison Park this season. The former Carlisle United man was the fifth centre back option and had clocked just 24 footballing minutes for the Toffees.
Does Everton need a Jarrad Branthwaite replacement?
A loan move was the most sensible solution for all parties. There is no need for a Branthwaite replacement. However, a report from MSN states that the Royal Blues are in the search for a defender and their quest has brought them to the door of Real Sociedad. Modibo Sagnan, a 21 year old French centre back is a reported target.
Any links to a centre back seem to be absurd considering how well covered the club has been in that department. Everton surely needed a centre back in the summer and managed to snap Ben Godfrey who is repaying every penny of the £25 million the Toffees paid for him. Michael Keane and Yerry Mina have risen to the occasion and are forming a reliable centre back pairing whereas Mason Holgate remains astute as always.
The entire idea to send Branthwaite on loan was because he would not be able to jump this quartet in the pecking order. A move for Sagnan or any centre back, in that case, looks highly unlikely.