Everton have been linked with a move for Kieran Tierney, and the young Scotsman could be the absolute perfect replacement for the ageing Leighton Baines.
According to The Mirror, the Toffees are “weighing up a move” for Celtic’s Tierney as they continue to search for a replacement for Baines.
Baines, 33, could yet stick around at Goodison this summer, but the flying full back has lost his pace, and plenty of fans want to see a fresh face flying down the left flank this season.
The 21 year-old Tierney has reportedly been “identified” as Baines’ successor, despite attracting interest from both Manchester United and Tottenham.
The young left back signed a new deal with Scottish champions in October so he won’t come cheap, but the report claims Everton are ready to test the waters with an opening bid.
Marco Silva and new director of football Marcel Brands have a lot of work to do at Goodison this summer. The first order of business is to trim the wage bill, which has already started with Wayne Rooney confirming his move to the MLS yesterday.
The next item on the list is to improve the starting eleven, and buffing up the defensive ranks is definitely the right starting point. The Toffees have got an ageing backline, and some of the defensive performances away from home last season were truly shambolic.
Silva is known for being a very attack-minded manager, so he needs reliable full backs who have the pace to switch from defence to attack in an instant, and of course the ability to recover in the opposite direction. Basically, he needs a left-sided Seamus Coleman.
Tierney fits this bill perfectly, and the fact that he has already made over 100 first team appearances for Celtic despite only turning 21 this month shows exactly how much Brendan Rodgers trusts him.
While the Premier League is undoubtedly a step up for the youngster, he is only going to get better, and if Baines sticks around to offer a few tips it could be the perfect balance.
Tierney grabbed four goals and an incredible 11 assists last season, and his athleticism and intelligence makes him versatile enough to fill in further up the pitch or even at centre back if needed.
The 9-cap Celtic star loves bombing down the wing, and made his mark in the Champions League last season as well, averaging over one key pass and one dribble per game in Europe’s top competition.
At 21, he’s certainly still got some learning to do, but you only need to look at what Celtic fans say about him to realise just how good this lad can be. Much like the bargain signing of Coleman did, securing Tierney this summer could solve one of the Toffees’ problem areas of years to come.
So, Everton fans, would you like to see a move for Tierney this summer? Is he good enough to make the step up and replace Baines? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…