It’s safe to say Everton are in a bad run of form at the moment having lost five and drawn two of their seven previous league games, scoring just four goals and conceding 13 in the process.
Injuries have played their part in Everton’s poor run of form in recent weeks with the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina all out of action.
With a tough test against Liverpool next up for the Toffees in midweek, it seems as though the Everton fans could do with a bit of good news to get some positive vibes around the club again, and it seems that they may have exactly that.
It has recently been reported in The Telegraph that Everton are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard as a free agent in the next summer transfer window when his current contract runs out.
Given Everton’s dismal run of form, perhaps it would be better for the Merseyside club if they managed to sign the England international on a loan deal in the upcoming January window with an obligation to sign him permanently in the summer.
As a product of United’s youth system, Lingard has made 220 appearances for the Manchester club across all competitions, scoring 35 goals and providing 21 assists along the way, proving himself as a useful attacking and creative option from midfield.
This backs up why Lingard was previously labelled as being an “intelligent” player by former United teammate Rio Ferdinand.
During his loan period with West Ham last season, the 28-year-old, who is currently valued at £19.8m according to Transfermarkt, certainly made the most of his time in east London by scoring nine goals and providing five assists in 16 games, helping them secure their place in the Europa League.
This shows just how much of an attacking impact he can have on a team when he’s given the chance to play regularly, which he hasn’t been at Old Trafford this season with no starts in the Premier League.
With that in mind, Marcel Brands should definitely explore the option of signing Lingard in January to see if he can add a bit of extra attacking power to Rafa Benitez’s side for the second half of the season.
As he did at West Ham, there is a possibility that he could bethe catalyst that sparks a revival at Goodison Park and fixes the issue of their turbulent form. Certainly, with the qualities in his locker, he can do that under Benitez and turn their season around.