Everton manager Ronald Koeman was promised ambition and money to spend when he made the controversial move from Southampton to Goodison Park last summer.
Many questioned whether it was the right call and if, in fact, it was actually a step up for the former Barcelona man, who had just lead the Saints to European qualification while the Toffees ended up 11th. Fast forward a year and, having finished a place above his former employers last season and with almost £100m spent to the Saints’ £5m, his decision seems vindicated.
Despite having added Wayne Rooney to his long list of additions last week, it doesn’t look as if the Dutchman is slowing down yet, with more signings looking to be on the horizon.
One are that hasn’t really been looked into in too much depth, however, is at left-back where – although still a top option – Leighton Baines is nearing his sell-by date.
The former Wigan man was once again a mainstay for the Toffees last season, however, at 32-years-old it’s time a replacement was seriously considered, and if Koeman is hell-bent on breaking that £100m barrier this summer, we may have the perfect man.
When Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho makes his mind up about a player, either way, it doesn’t often change to easily, meaning if he hasn’t taken to certain players at Old Trafford so far, they should be clean pickings for the rest of the Premier League, case point being Morgan Schneiderlin who made the move to Goodison Park in January.
Having done plenty of business with the powers that be in the red half of Manchester since his arrival, Koeman could well head back for a deal which would only further enrage Saints fans.
Another former Southampton man in Luke Shaw has, more often than not, fallen down on the wrong side of the former Chelsea boss since his appointment, and could well be the perfect match for the Toffees.
The £17m-rated full back clearly has talent in droves, in fact he was named in the 2013/14 PFA Premier League Team of the Year before his move to United, however, injury and a wobble with Mourinho have seen his playing time limited at the Theatre of Dreams and thus his progression has stunted.
Given the time on the pitch and the correct guidance in what promises to be an exciting Everton side over the coming years, Shaw could well flourish and prove to be the ideal signing to cap what has already been a stand-out summer for the Merseysiders.
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