Vibrant and dynamic partnerships can have an intrinsic impact on any team, and Everton fans who watched Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar regularly link up down the left flank during their time together at Goodison Park will be more than aware of that.
Largely due to the Marcel Brands connection, the Toffees have been linked with PSV’s Hirving Lozano, who looks set to be remembered as one of the World Cup’s breakthrough stars after scoring the goal that saw Mexico unexpectedly beat Germany in the opening round of Group Stage clashes.
But that shock victory owed much to the defender fielded behind Lozano as well, 22-year-old Jesus Gallardo, who was excellent at left-back with seven clearances and eight interceptions to his name.
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With that in mind, we asked Everton fans whether the club’s new Director of Football should be looking to sign Gallardo too – an acquisition that could actually help Lozano settle quickly in England because of that extra familiarity.
And according to our poll, 79% of Everton fans would be in favour of a summer swoop. Brands does face a bit of a job to get a deal over the line though; Gallardo’s already agreed to sign for Monterrey, so he’ll have to convince the Mexican club to sell without the young full-back actually making an appearance for them.
Nonetheless, if Brands can get it done he could prove to be an incredibly smart signing for the Toffees.