In Focus: Everton in need of defensive boost

Everton are keeping tabs on Estoril defender Matheus Jesus, according to Calciomercato.

What’s the story?

The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Santos, and has reportedly attracted attention from numerous clubs.

Calciomercato claims that the Brazilian is also being watched by Italian outfits Sampdoria and Bologna.

It is believed that the youngster, who can also play as a defensive midfielder, could be sold for as little as £7m.

Jesus generally plays out from the back and has on occasion been known to shoot from distance.

Everton’s fellow Premier League clubs West Ham United and Watford have also been linked with moves for the Brazil Under-20 international.

Do Everton need him?

The Merseyside outfit could certainly do with a boost at the back, but whether Jesus would be the answer remains to be seen.

The centre-back has certainly impressed in his homeland, but at the age of 20, putting too much responsibility on his shoulders could prove detrimental.

A lot has been said about Everton’s attacking problems given that they have scored just 10 goals in 11 Premier League games, but they have also conceded 22 in the top flight.

Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka have struggled to impress, while summer signing Micheal Keane has fallen short of expectations.

While Jesus is an exciting prospect, throwing him into Everton’s first team could be problematic.