It is nearly that time of season then, the endless takeover and transfer rumours dawns upon us once again. Everyone at the club wants transfers to happen early; as is said every year, and has been for the last couple of years now.
If would could manage to get some transfers in and bed them in during pre-season we could fly during the opening fixtures of the premier league. The last thing we need is once again two signings to be thrown in at the deep end and expected to do well, along with the added pressure of no settling in over the summer months with a steady transition to the start of the league, a high price paid also puts unwanted pressure on otherwise decent players.
Billy was always seemed to show his ability but never to a consistent Premier League standard which is required for such a small squad such as Everton. But then you look at the other signings such as Fellaini and Jelavić who have flourished under a larger fee and pressure than other signings. Among other things as well this year we also have to address the ageing plays such as: Neville, Cahill, and even Hibbert to an extent.
Although these players would definitely make great squad players if a replacement was to be bought in the summer, although the priority for me would be to try and replace Neville and Cahill if someone comes up in market. So here are the players who I would buy in the summer for Everton, to add strength and depth to the current squad:
1) Junior Hoilett: A definite low cost solution for Everton considering he is on a free at the end of the season, and a very young talent at just 21 years of age. He could be the winger that we have needed to complement Pienaar and give us an extra option on the wing. With this I would send Gueye out on loan in order to gain first team experience. The only draw back about Hoilett is he will be attracting an awful attention from other teams in the summer too and we may not be able to compete with some of his other pursuers.
2) Clint Dempsey: Although nearing the wrong side of 30 Clint Dempsey would make for the perfect attacking midfielder we need since Cahill has seemed to go more defensive. Cahill still remains a threat however and if Jelavić was to ever be absent you could simply push Dempsey further forward with Cahill playing behind him in his usual role. However the downside once again to our deep empty pockets of cash. The price that has been quoted in the media is far too great for Everton to take a risk on andalthough I would love Dempsey to be in an Everton shirt next season it cannot be more than £5 million.
3) Yakubu: Yes Yakubu. Now that Blackburn have gone along with Wolves, Yakubu could be back in the market for a quick return to the Premier League. With Stracqualursi being loved by many fans for his passion and effort for the shirt he simply cannot be the sole backup striker for us. There could be a similarity to Pienaar’s return and if he is willing to put in the effort, he could really forge a partnership with Jelavić and help fire Everton higher in the league.
4)Danijel Pranjić: So close to signing for us in the January transfer before Bayern seemingly pulled the plug on any deal that was in place then. With no natural cover for Baines next season, Pranjić could add again increased depth and quality to the squad and could even allow for Baines to play in Midfield if need be. As well as being on a bosman at the end of the year, his experience would undoubtedly be welcomed by most Everton fans as an extra squad play providing the fact he doesn’t bring a high wage with him.
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