This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Everton have made Eddie Howe their main managerial target to replace Marco Silva, according to The Mirror.
Silva is still in charge of the Toffees and despite receiving the backing of Director of Football Marcel Brands this week, those further up the hierarchy are believed to be planning for his departure.
David Moyes had been touted for a possible return but it now seems the club have put an end to that pursuit, deciding instead that Howe would be the most suitable successor.
The Bournemouth manager has a proven track record in the Premier League of improving his team and individual players, and the fact he was a boyhood Everton fan is an added bonus, and could persuade him to join.
Bill Kenwright previously wanted Howe as Everton boss after Allardyce was sacked, and now he and Moshiri could look to tempt the Cherries boss to Goodison Park with a deal that would make him one of the Premier League’s highest earners.
Bringing in Howe is still a bit of a risk for any Premier League club as he is still yet to replicate his Bournemouth success anywhere else, and in new surroundings he may take a while to adjust.
That being said, Everton have lacked a long-term project since Roberto Martinez left, and if Howe was given the time and resources to build a squad then he could work out on Merseyside.
A positive about his management is his ability to improve players. The rise of players like Callum Wilson into international football underlines that skill, and means he would be able to make an impact at Everton straight away.
There may be issues with the current Toffees squad, with just 14 goals scored in 14 league games, but their biggest problem could be a lack of confidence, and someone like Howe would be able to turn that around.
He clearly connects well with those he works with as well as coaching them to be better players, and doing that at Everton could be just what they need to pick up form, as they do have talented players like Richarlison and Alex Iwobi.
Howe has spent sensibly on players during his stint on the south coast, too – Josh King becoming a key player since signing on a free in 2015 – and that suits Everton having spent several million on big-money signings, only for them to underperform – like Gylfi Sigurdsson.
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