On the Everton side, the fans and supporters have been delighted with how the team is shaping up under Frank Lampard. There still are loopholes to be addressed but the massive jump in quality of the squad is glaringly evident. The sturdy partnership of James Tarkowski and Conor Coady has massively improved the backline.
It is difficult to fathom that this defensive duo has cost less than £10 million. Tarkowski arrived on a free transfer whereas Coady is on a loan with an option to buy. Coady has been the rock in defence that Everton had been missing. Through each performance in the Everton shirt, the Englishman has showcased robustness and the attitude of a reliable centre back. These two leaders in the rearguard have made Everton the best defensive side, shipping the least goals in the Premier League so far, albeit with some help from Jordan Pickford.
While Tarkowski has a four year deal with the Toffees, Coady is on a one year loan from Wolves. Wolves manager Bruno Lage overlooked the 29 year old, leaving him out of their opening clash against Leeds United. The Englishman moved to Everton on loan and has been in superb form since his first appearance.
With Lage now sacked, murmurs have begun about the new Wolves manager recalling Coady. He was the club captain and arguably the best defender of the lot. Coady was the backbone of the three man defence in Nuno Espirito Santo’s system that won the Championship and finished seventh in the Premier League on two back to back occasions.
Everton can get Conor Coady for less than £10 million
Everton seem more than satisfied with Coady’s performances and there will already be discussions going on amongst the hierarchy to make Coady’s move permanent. According to The Times, Everton will be able to trigger the buy option in the Coady’s contract and the next Wolves manager will not have the chance to call the 29 year old back to Molineux.
The Toffees have a chance to sign him permanently for a fee less than £10 million, which seems to be a steal at this point given what Coady brings to the table. He not only brings experience and the toughness that you’d want in a centre back, he’s a battle hardened leader who knows how to lead the troops on the field.
The Merseysiders do not need to worry about Coady being recalled. The Englishman seems the perfect fit for Everton and the fans have showered love. There will hardly be anyone on the blue half of Merseyside who wouldn’t want Coady’s move to be made permanent.
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