Why Lucas Digne is perfect for Everton
An approach from Everton may have cost Marco Silva his job at Watford, but the Portuguese has now landed the role. The former Hull City manager took over for Sam Allardyce on 31 May. Given their polarised philosophies, it's no surprise Silva's biggest task has been restructuring the team. After jumping from Roberto Martinez to Koeman then Allardyce after David Moyes departure, the club appears to have lost its identity.
The free-flowing football the Toffees became associated with under Martinez was abandoned in the quest to garner results by whatever means possible. Koeman's reign was brought to an end as the team wallowed in relegation waters early in his second season. The Dutchman failed to find the winning formula he displayed at Southampton despite making numerous signings. Allardyce took over in November but as much as he stopped the rot and dragged the team out of the relegation zone, the football was uninspiring. That was why the Toffees contacted Silva in the first place, after implementing an exciting brand of football at Vicarage Road.
The Blues are said to be closing in on a deal for his former player at Watford, Richarlison. The young Brazilian was in fine form during Silva's reign, making headlines with important goals. A reunion may bring out the best in him again.
However, another more needed player linked with the club is Barcelona's Lucas Digne. Everton are reported to have made a £22 million bid for the left-back. The Frenchman has been second to Jordi Alba at the Camp Nou for the past two seasons. Moving to Goodison Park will afford him the opportunity to play regularly as Leighton Baines winds down his career. The Englishman may be on his way out of the club, rumoured for a retirement bonus in MLS.
Having played for Paris Saint-Germain and Roma before moving to Barcelona in 2016, Digne will be the perfect replacement for the 33-year-old. The former England international served the club diligently in the last decade but Silva needs a better blend of youth and experience to move the team forward. Digne fits the bill perfectly.
The 25-year-old has represented France at several levels. He comes ready to step into Baines' shoes with relative ease. He played only 12 times in La Liga last term and is past due to face a new challenge. He won Ligue 1 twice in his time with PSG. At Barcelona, he can't have felt too involved in winning the Spanish title.
Good with the ball at his feet, Digne not only does his job at the back but is quick to join the attack. He also has an eye for goal and provides assists like Baines. He scored a goal in three Champions League appearances last season and provided two assists in his 12 La Liga outings.
His ability to hold onto the ball and make sharp, accurate passes tailors him to Silva's style. He is also strong in the air. There's little doubt he will add to the team's overall solidity at the back. Signing the left-back will be a significant step toward success for both the manager and club in the coming campaign.