Frank Lampard will need to make many difficult decisions at the end of the season in terms of the Everton squad, despite safety in the Premier League still uncertain it hasn’t stopped transfer interest mounting at Goodison Park ahead of the transfer window.
Speaking to Football FanCast, journalist and transfer insider Dean Jones has named a key role Everton will be looking to recruit for this summer.
Jones revealed: “They obviously need centre backs, and I think they’ll probably sign a very good one in the summer to try and fix their problems.”
If Everton are looking to upgrade their defence this summer with a new centre-back, there’s a good chance that the club will further pursue Nottingham Forest star Joe Worrall.
He has been recently been linked with a move to Goodison Park after scouts were reportedly sent to watch him in the FA Cup this season.
Worrall has been enjoying his football in the Championship with Forest and making a huge impact on improving their chances of promotion to the Premier League six points behind Bournemouth in second and certain for a play-off spot with just three games left to go.
According to SofaScore, the 25-year-old who was dubbed “outstanding” and a “leader” by Steven Gerrard, has been a key player for Forest in his 32 appearances in the league so far with 1.9 interceptions, 1.7 tackles and 3.2 clearances on average per game.
Comedically hailed for being “made out of the same stuff as Wolverine” by Forest journalist Matt Davies, Worrall has also won the majority of his duels combined (62%), proved successful in 81% of his dribbles and kept 13 clean sheets.
The current defenders at Goodison Park have been significantly criticised for their poor performances this season, with Jamie Carragher claiming the current crop were a “Championship back four” after costing Everton on many occasions, and it would come as no surprise if Lampard was to overhaul the defensive line in the team this summer.
Everton will need to focus on their remaining eight games in the Premier League and securing survival from relegation before they make any transfer plans, but signing a player like Worrall would clearly be an upgrade in Lampard’s current squad.