In Focus: Time is right for Jagielka to leave Everton

As reported by The Daily Mail, both Sunderland and West Ham United are interested in signing Everton’s Phil Jagielka in this month’s transfer window.

What’s the word?

Everton’s captain is facing an uncertain future at Goodison Park, according to the Mail, who say that Ronald Koeman is seeking defensive improvements this month while also aiming to bring the average age of the squad down.

That’s left Sunderland and West Ham with a chance to lure the 34 year old away from his long association with the Toffees. The Mail say both clubs are interested in his services.

Now Jagielka is holding talks with the club’s hierarchy about what the future holds.

The time is right

This is Jagielka’s 10th season at Goodison Park but signs are beginning to show that his best days are behind him. The English international has struggled for form and, as of late, appearances under Ronald Koeman who seems to a different option to the club captain.

He’s become a fan favourite and an Everton icon over the last decade. Nobody at Goodison Park wants to be tarnished further if he falls off the pace further.

Regardless though, he’s still a decent option for the likes of West Ham and Sunderland. He has experience that could be crucial to both clubs and fresh start could bring out the best in him.