Four potential Naismith replacements Everton should consider

With the departure of Steven Naismith to Norwich, Everton boss Roberto Martinez may be looking to reinvest the £8m the club received for him.

Here are four options for the club to consider…

Andriy Yarmolenko

Although the Ukrainian may cost Everton a pretty penny, the club may not be too concerned with offering £21million for the forward this January.

The Dynamo Kiev winger has been linked to a move to the Premier League in recent years and the Toffees will need to sign him this January before his value rises by the summer transfer window.

The 26-year-old forward should be at the top of Everton’s list of transfers because he can add a load of experience to the Merseyside club’s youthful attack.

Yarmolenko can play the role of left wing far better than Arouna Kone, who would no doubt prefer to stay in the middle of the pitch rather than his current position out wide

Dennis Praet

The Belgian wonder kid was on the Blues’ radar this past summer but they were unable to come to an agreement with Anderlecht RSC.

While Yarmolenko might be more ideal for the club, he may be too difficult of a target to obtain until the summer when his price will surely rise.

The Toffees could get Praet for around £10million and in return get another young player to add to their attack, either through the middle or out on the left wing.

Praet can fill the desirable traditional #10 role the club needs. The 21-year-old would also fit into the youthful pattern set by Martinez, which includes youngsters like Gerard Deloufeu, Romelo Lukaku, Ross Barkley and John Stones.

Youri Tielemans

The 18-year-old central midfielder could be a potential staple for the club moving forward. The young Belgian is currently valued at £8.4million, which perfectly suits an equal reinvestment of the funds raised by the sale of Naismith.

The Anderlecht prospect is on contract with the club until 2020 so Everton might have to spend more than necessary, but Roberto Martinez appears to be committed to bolstering his youthful attack.

Tielmans is known as one of the best young talents to come out of Belgium in recent years and even became the youngest player to make an appearance in the Champions League, aged just 16.

Bertrand Traore

Chelsea are reportedly ready to offload Bertrand Traoure to Goodison Park on loan. The young Burkina Faso international can fill various roles in attack.

Traore scored 14 goals in 33 appearances while on loan at Vitesse Arnhem last season.

 


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