Everton are on the verge of appointing Rafa Benitez as their new manager but it’s an appointment that’s set to rock the fan base.
Protests have occurred and unsavoury signs have even been left outside of the Spaniard’s home in Merseyside.
Even if fans aren’t keen on seeing the 61-year-old arrive at Goodison Park, they must at least give him an opportunity to hit the ground running.
Benitez is a Champions League winner and has multiple domestic honours under his belt. He could also have the lure for players considering a move to Everton.
One such man who could arrive is Brentford striker Ivan Toney. The electric forward has been linked with a plethora of Premier League clubs after a stellar term in the Championship.
According to Peterborough’s director of football, Barry Fry, Everton could be a destination.
In an interview with This is Futbol, he said: “I still think people like Everton and even Chelsea (want him). I know Chelsea are looking at the top range of centre-forwards but I know they’ve watched him and like him and if they don’t get A, B, and C, who knows?
“Then I expect Ivan to go for £40m, £45m, £50m, but now he’s got them in the Premier League, only the top clubs could afford him.”
You may look at the idea of signing Ivan Toney as a luxury buy. After all, the Toffees already have Dominic Calvert-Lewin in their ranks.
The England international enjoyed the best campaign of his career in 2020/21, beating the goalkeeper on 21 occasions.
That would be a disastrous reign to Benitez’s tenure but he could make an instant impact by luring Toney to the club.
He’s never played a game in the Premier League but his goalscoring record is mouth-watering, bagging goals at every level.
With a record like that, it would be a transfer for Everton fans to stand and marvel at.
The attacker’s qualities stem well beyond his goal-scoring abilities, though.
Speaking to Peterborough Today last year, Fry commented: “He’s turned into a tremendous all-round footballer. It’s important to remember Ivan is not just an exceptional goal-scoring forward, he’s also an outstanding defender.”
Strong in the air, he wins 3.4 aerial duels per game, adding a further string to his impressive bow.
Benitez might not be well liked by Everton supporters but they’d surely be enthralled if he brought Toney to the club.