Carlo Ancelotti should urge Everton to swoop for Tyreik Wright this summer with the sought-after Aston Villa prospect due to become a free agent.
According to the Daily Mail, the Toffees and Scottish Premiership giants Celtic are keeping tabs on Wright’s situation at Villa Park.
The 19-year-old is currently enjoying his first taste of senior football after joining League Two Walsall on loan for the remainder of the campaign in the mid-season market, and has instantly hit the ground running.
Wright earned his Saddlers debut away to Port Vale and made his presence felt by assisting Elijah Adebayo. He again recorded an assist in his second outing under Darrell Clarke, by teeing Max Melbourne up to open the scoring in a 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town on Tuesday night.
Wright’s efforts at Bescot Stadium are thought to be leaving Aston Villa with a dilemma, with interest growing in the direct and speedy left-footed right-winger as his contract is due to expire at the end of the season.
Clarke was delighted to have been able to welcome Wight to Walsall when signed last month, insisting the teenager possesses ‘great ability’.
“Tyreik is going to give us great options out wide,” Clarke said, via quotes by the Express and Star. “He’s got great ability with the ball at his feet and he has the potential to be a real threat in the final third.
“He’s been showing his match-winning qualities in the Under 23s at Villa and for his country at youth level, so we are really looking forward to working with him. We’ve got a great relationship with Aston Villa and we’re very grateful to them for letting us have one of their exciting youngsters.”
With Wright due to become a free agent at the end of the season, there would be very little risk in Everton rivalling Celtic for his signature as even if the deal does not pan out, Blues owner Farhad Moshiri would not be out of pocket.
The upsides to signing Wright do not stop at the lack of a price tag, either, as he is already showing the threat in the final third of the pitch that Clarke expected him to offer Walsall despite his only taste of senior football before 2021 coming with Aston Villa’s U23s in the EFL Trophy.
Wright had trained with the Villans first-team before his move to Bescot Stadium, and was in contention for a role in the Birmingham-based side’s FA Cup meeting with Liverpool only for an outbreak of coronavirus to leave Villa having to omit him.
The Republic of Ireland U19 international certainly liked to get forward with Mark Delaney’s junior side, having scored each of his two PL2 goals this season from inside the penalty area and taking 45 touches in the box over 11 appearances, per Villa’s club website. He was rarely afraid to try his luck, as well, with 20 shots and six successful dribbles to his name.
Bernard saw his Everton future come into doubt last month after falling out of favour at Goodison Park and for good reason too, having only offered four shots in six Premier League appearances and taking 47% of his touches in the final third, per FBref,
A lot could change between now and the end of the season but if Aston Villa opt against tabling a new contract, Everton should be swooping to snap up Wright this summer.