Everton are reportedly lining up a £30m swoop for Manchester United centre back Marco Rojo, but putting the Argentinian international alongside Michael Keane is a disaster in the making.
According to The Manchester Evening News, Marco Silva and Marcel Brands have finally identified the man to solve these problems – Manchester United’s Rojo.
The feisty centre back has been in and out of the team at Old Trafford due to a mixture of injuries and competition for places, and can play as a centre back or left back.
According to the report, the Toffees are “closing in” on the deal, which could be worth as much as £30m.
Silva is absolutely desperate for a top centre back to play alongside Keane, but Rojo is the complete opposite of the type of player he should be looking for.
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Keane has the potential to be a fantastic player at Goodison, but fans have grown frustrated by his poor positional sense. He never seems to be in the right spot, and he doesn’t have the pace to atone for this.
The obvious solution is to pair him with someone fast enough to cover any lapses of concentration, or alternatively someone experienced and composed enough to stop these moments altogether. Rojo ticks neither of these boxes, and in fact is a bit of a loose cannon himself.
The 28 year-old, who scored an incredible winning goal for Argentina against Nigeria this summer, is fantastically gifted with the ball at his feet, and is probably one of the most underrated passers out of the back in the league. He boasted an amazing 90 per cent pass success rate at the World Cup, and would help the Toffees build from the back.
However, the 6 ft 2 defender has a tendency to drift out of position, and like Keane he doesn’t have the electric pace required to make up for this. Putting the two together would be a recipe for disaster, and teams that counter attack would have an absolute field day when they come to Goodison.
Not only can Rojo be a little all over the place defensively, he also has extremely poor discipline, picking up an incredible six yellow cards in just nine Premier League appearances last summer.
If Everton want to partner Keane with a slow and ill-disciplined defender, they might as well just save themselves the £30m and stick with Ashley Williams.
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