As reported by the BBC, Everton are on the verge of signing Manchester United’s misfit midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin for a fee of around £23m. That’s a lot of money and close to the amount United paid for him from Southampton in 2015.
Schneiderlin has been unable to force his way into Mourinho’s first team plans this season and hasn’t made a single Premier League start so far this term.
So what are Everton getting? Is their man worth the money?
Toffees supporters will be heartened to know that despite a tough 18 months at Manchester United, Schneiderlin is still considered to be one of the Premier League’s best defensive midfielders.
As this stat by Opta shows, no other player in the Premier League has tackled or intercepted the opposition more over the last four and a half years.
772 – Morgan Schneiderlin has made more tackles and interceptions combined (772) than any other PL player since August 2012. Influence.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 11, 2017
Considering he’s barely kicked a ball in the league this season, it’s a tremendous stat. Schneiderlin’s performances for Southampton paved the way for other defensive midfielders at other clubs in the Premier League and Everton are getting one of the most effective midfield spoilers in the game.
Can he recapture his Saints form and help Everton secure European football?