Everton’s inconsistent campaign came to an end in a simply disastrous fashion on Sunday afternoon.
The Toffees needed to win in order to give themselves a chance of qualifying for Europe but against the champions on Sergio Aguero’s Etihad farewell, there was only going to be one outcome.
The Manchester City legend scored twice from the bench as the Citizens wrapped up a stunning and dominating 5-0 win.
It was an embarrassing way for Carlo Ancelotti’s side to end the season and as a result, they will need to get the supporters back on their side swiftly.
One way they could do that is by securing the services of a player who lit up the Premier League’s final day; Gareth Bale.
The Welshman scored twice on his final appearance for Tottenham as Spurs secured continental football after beating Leicester 4-2.
This feels like a farfetched deal to complete but it’s one that’s been touted in the Spanish media with Ancelotti a strong admirer of Bale.
The duo linked up together when they were at Madrid, where the attacker racked up 39 goals and 31 assists under his stewardship.
Everton’s current manager clearly loves him, describing the veteran as one of Real’s most “dangerous” players when he was in the Spanish capital.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast this weekend, he said: “I think that would be his [Bale] kind of club. I think he’d be the headline player, which he needs to be for his confidence and he would play week in week out alongside some great players.
“As I’ve spoken about before, Everton is a family club, they would take him in and give him the love that he needs.”
The Welshman struggled to hit the ground running when he returned to north London on loan this season but found electrifying form in the New Year. He eventually ended the campaign with 16 goals from just 34 outings.
A ruthless flying winger, Everton could well and truly start their window with a bang by signing the Wales international.
He knows the Premier League, has scored more goals than any other Toffees player besides Dominic Calvert-Lewin this season and they have a manager who knows how to get the best from him.
If the Merseyside outfit are serious about getting into the Champions League, this is precisely the type of acquisition they need to be making.