Everton’s lack of movement in addressing the right-back position is worrying

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Ashley Young.

A figure of mockery for most of the 2018/19 campaign for his woeful performances – the Manchester United fans didn’t hold back in letting their feelings be known about the England international’s sub-par showings.

£50m was spent. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was brought in. The rest is history.

A major problem position was solved quickly, and Everton should take a leaf out of the Red Devils’ book.

Seamus Coleman, despite being somewhat of a cult hero at Goodison Park having spent a decade at the club, really wasn’t at it last term – some Toffees supporters expressed their unhappiness at his performances more than enough.

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They moaned about his performance in the embarrassing FA Cup loss to Millwall, and also slammed his showing against Watford.

The Everton fans also wanted to see Jonjoe Kenny keep his place ahead of the Irishman – the England Under-21 right-back has since joined Schalke, further weakening the right side of defence.

Coleman recorded just 0.8 key passes per game and embarked on just 0.7 dribbles per game in the Premier League last season, which really isn’t good enough for an attacking full-back. In stark contrast, Lucas Digne recorded two key passes per game over on the other side of defence.

So, why isn’t Marcel Brands addressing the area?

So far, the club have only been linked with Atletico Madrid right-back Santiago Arias and Benfica star Andre Almeida, but no solid, concrete reports have emerged stating that right-back is a position the Merseysiders are looking to improve upon.

Mason Holgate has returned from his loan spell at West Brom, where he impressed the Hawthorns faithful – however, the fact that he was loaned out in the first place could suggest that Marco Silva doesn’t see him as good enough for the right-back position on a more regular basis. That was the situation last season anyway

Instead, the pursuit of obtaining Kurt Zouma on a permanent basis seems further up the list of priorities – Michael Keane and Yerry Mina are the only two centre-backs in the first team after Phil Jagielka’s departure. That is fair enough, but a new right-back should also definitely be a target.

Given how much they were moaning about Coleman in the 2018/19 campaign, it surely wouldn’t go down too well with the Goodison Park faithful if they saw him line up as the undisputed first choice for the role next term.

When a weakness is staring you in the face, it needs to be addressed.