Seamus Coleman returned to action for Everton on Sunday, but the Toffees should secure his long-term successor by signing Crystal Palace starlet Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
A late flurry of goals secured all three points for Everton at Goodison on Sunday, though Marco Silva and Marcel Brands must have liked what they saw from the visitors’ Wan-Bissaka.
The youngster has been one of the standout performers of the Premier League season so far, and he played well against the electric Bernard and tireless overlapping runs of Lucas Digne.
It seems like only a matter of time before the big six come calling for the 20-year-old, and the Toffees should beat them to it by signing him to complete their defensive overhaul.
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Brands and Silva clearly identified the defence as the major area of concern this summer, adding Digne, Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma late in the transfer market. Together with the new and improved Michael Keane, the Toffees now look set for years to come, but it won’t be long before Coleman needs replacing as well.
The fan favourite will turn 31 at the start of next season, and Wan-Bissaka has the athleticism and intelligence to leave a similar legacy to the Irishman.
Wan-Bissaka has started eight Premier League games for Roy Hodgson’s side this season, and excluding his unfortunate red card against Liverpool he has been practically flawless in every game.
The youngster averages a truly remarkable 4.4 tackles per game, while also making 2.4 interceptions and 3.8 clearances per game, as per WhoScored. To put those numbers in perspective, Coleman averages 3.6 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and three clearances.
Replacing Coleman isn’t all about defending though, and Palace’s newest star has shown he can perform at the other end as well. He has one assist this season, is creating 0.9 chances per game and also completing 2.1 dribbles per game, a number that most wingers would be proud of.
The Toffees squeezed every last minute out of the likes of Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka before replacing them, and the new leadership can prove its worth by proactively replacing Coleman before it’s too late.
So, Everton fans, would you back a move for Wan-Bissaka? Is he good enough to eventually replace Coleman? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…