With Johnny Heitinga expected to be departing from Merseyside by the end of the month, sourcing an added recruit at the heart of defence could quickly become a priority for Roberto Martinez this January, especially with summer signing Antolin Alcaraz spending more time in the physio room than he has on the pitch this season.
One candidate that’s been briefly mentioned in the tabloids is former Evertonian Joleon Lescott, who left the Toffees for Manchester City back in 2009 for a £22million fee but has recently found himself on the fringes of the Eastlands squad.
Admittedly, the 31 year-old is a tried and tester Premier League veteran, who was once part of a title-winning centre-back partnership with Vincent Kompany in 2012. Furthermore, with his place in the England set-up under drastic threat due to the fact he’s managed just seven league appearances this season, you can imagine the former Wolves defender will be desperate to impress Roy Hodgson ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
But they say you should never go back in football and there’s certainly a reason for that – Lescott is by no means the player who netted eight Premier League goals for the Toffees back in the 2007/08 season, in fact, he’s more an overpaid reserve that hasn’t put in a decent City performance for the best part of 18 months.
It says a lot that Everton’s biggest rivals in re-signing the England international, in what would most likely be a temporary deal until the end of the season, are currently West Ham, although Newcastle have also shown a slight interest in recent weeks.
Furthermore, with Phil Jagielka now 31 years of age, Sylvain Distin 36 and Alcaraz 32, the Toffees need some youthful pace at the back, and preferably a defender capable on the ball to fit into Roberto Martinez’s possession-based philosophy, not another centre-back relic with less speed than a bolder being nudged by the wind.