Could it be a summer of change for Everton? The Toffees have already confirmed that they will be on the lookout for a new manager and it is likely he will want to bring in his own selection of Europe’s finest players, too.
Whether they keep hold of their stars or not, Everton need significant investment this summer. The squad has quality in certain areas already, but key weaknesses have held the team back – along with Roberto Martinez’s stubborn approach.
Europa League football must be the aim for Everton next season, whomever takes over from Martinez. They need to negotiate shrewdly, scout wisely and invest sharply if they are to go on to reach the heights that this squad could. Toffees across the country are getting increasingly irritable with the way the club is run and this summer could be the chance for change.
Luckily, we’ve had a little think and saved them a few steps by writing up FIVE players they should sign…
Picking off the relegated teams’ best players is always a fun game for the midtable teams. The relegated sides will be wrestling to keep hold of their stars, including Newcastle with Townsend.
If Townsend, with his tendency to cut inside, doesn’t take the fancy of the new Everton boss, they might turn their eye towards his team-mates, Ayoze Perez or Georginio Wijnaldum.
Statistically, Okore’s season has been largely underwhelming. Although, that’s true for every Aston Villa player!
Since his arrival from Denmark, Okore has been blighted by injury and really struggled to make a significant impact. His quality is, however, not in question. Villa’s downfall should be overlooked and Okore is a valid option for the majority of Premier League teams.
His pace and power make him an ideal defender in an high-line and would give the new manager tactical flexibility as a result.
It’s a matter of time until PSV Eindhoven’s star left-back moves to one of the top five leagues. His defensive game still needs work, as any 22 year old’s does, but his eye for an overlap will make him perfect for Everton.
The new manager is likely to look at the left-back area as one that needs reinforcement and, with Baines ageing, it would be best to bring in a fresh face.
Bocchetti’s career hasn’t gone quite as he may expected since his move to Russia. The Italian centre-half would slot perfectly into the role of left-sided centre-back alongside John Stones and could be the experienced head to help the youngster.
Averaging six clearances per league game with Spartak Moscow this season, the Italian might just be looking to make a move to one of the big leagues before it’s too late.
One of the stars of the Bundesliga this season, Kostic has been a persistent threat for VFB Stuttgart.
The Serbian left winger has electric feet, pace to burn and would be the sort of player that could form a fierce attacking partnership with Romelu Lukaku. Completing more than two dribbles per league game, Kostic is the sort of tricky winger that could cause problems for plenty of Premier League defenders.