The era of Marco Silva and Marcel Brands has begun at Goodison Park with the party line currently standing as the club being sellers before they buy.
Ramiro Funes Mori has already been sold, and the new boss wants further sales to bring his huge squad down to a more manageable count. But, with the transfer window open and Everton still having some clear needs in the team, the rumour mill has started to spin.
Despite having such a hefty squad, if Everton are to improve on last season and push for a top-six finish, they’ll need to patch holes at left-back and on the wing. Everton are already rumoured to be on the hunt for players in these positions despite only completing one sale thus far.
Silva wants a World Cup 2018 star
World Cup 2018 has been a very enjoyable competition in which many new stars have emerged. Despite only winning one of their three games, Peru never failed to entertain in Group C. Despite being a smaller nation, they never wavered from the game plan to attack with pace and flair. The player that stood out the most for the South American team was Andre Carrillo.
His slick feet, classy dribbling, and desire to orchestrate the attack was very impressive. Starting most games on the right, Carrillo had no problem with switching sides during the game and spending spells on the left. He finished the tournament with a goal from three games. Following his World Cup 2018 performances, Silva is said to be pursuing the signature of Carrillo to bolster his wide options.
Carrillo was a Premier League player last season, having been loaned to Watford from Benfica by Everton’s new boss. Silva was instrumental in bringing to Peruvian to the team, but he fell out of favour under new management.
During the 2017/18 campaign, Everton struggled to find the back of the net – due to a lack of cohesion in attack and the tactics of manager Sam Allardyce – and finished with only the 11th most in the league at 44 scored to 58 against. Having a brave and creative mind on the wing like Andre Carrillo would go a long way towards helping the Toffees challenge for the top six, for which they are 6/1 to achieve in the football betting, and make the most of the uncertainty of the new Arsenal without Arsene Wenger.
Keep an eye on Russia
Everton are said to be trying to pry young left-back Kieran Tierney away from Celtic for around £25 million, but the Scottish club is very reluctant to sell for anything short of an astronomical fee. Given how much the club spent last season, and the lack of activity on the sales front so far, other options from the World Cup 2018 may appear as more viable options.
The club could instead target Swedish left-back Ludwig Augustinsson. The 24-year-old has been impressive at both ends of the pitch, helping to enforce Sweden’s staunch defensive tactics as well as score against Mexico. He has also played as a left midfielder so naturally boasts an attacking edge to his game.
Another World Cup 2018 star who could be the bargain of the summer is Tunisia and Sunderland attacker Wahbi Khazri. The 27-year-old’s non-stop badgering of the defence, wicked runs on the ball, and ability to squeeze a strong shot from anywhere gave Tunisia life. He had a hand in all four of his nation’s goals with two goals and two assists. Sunderland are looking to sell him, with a rumoured price tag sitting at around £10 million.
As Everton begin to patch the holes in the squad, Marco Silva and Marcel Brands could turn their attention to the stars of the World Cup to sign some cost-friendly, high-quality players. But, the priority has to be sales throughout the window.