In Focus: Baba Rahman can provide capable back-up to Leighton Baines at Everton

As reported by The Daily Mail, Everton are interested in signing Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman on loan during this month’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Everton lack natural left-sided defensive cover for popular star Leighton Baines and have had to rely on right-back Cuco Martina filling in for the veteran, who has been out with a calf injury since November.

It’s clear that they need to bring in competition for the position this January and it seems as if Sam Allardyce has found a target.

The Daily Mail report that the Toffees are interested in bringing Chelsea defender Baba Rahman to the club on loan, with the Stamford Bridge side set to sanction a temporary move away in the second half of the season.

Everton do face competition for his signature though, with Bundesliga club Schalke and Italian giants Inter Milan both interested in a loan move according to the paper.

Can he make an impact?

Rahman, who is rated at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, has had injury issues of his own to contend with over the last year, missing the entirety of 2017 with a severe knee injury suffered on loan at Schalke last season.

Now fit again though, he’s well placed to provide a capable option to a team like Everton.

With Bundesliga experience at the likes of Greuther Fruth, Schalke and Augsburg under his belt, he’s also made 23 appearances for Chelsea and has a couple of dozen caps for the Ghanaian national team.

Still just 23 years of age, he can add an exciting, dynamic outlet on the Toffees’ left flank, also not afraid to get stuck into the defensive side of his role.

At the very least, he can provide natural cover to a position that Sam Allardyce badly needs reinforcements in.

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