Marco Silva’s Everton reshuffle means he could look to add Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka as the long-term replacement to Seamus Coleman, according to the Daily Mail.
Wan-Bissaka would hardly have been the first name on your lips a year ago when thinking of Premier League right-backs, especially as he only made his debut on February 25 as injuries crippled the Eagles ahead of the visit of Tottenham Hotspur.
Since his call up from the club’s academy, the Croydon-born defender has become a star at his local side, leading to his first England U21 outing against the Netherlands in September.
Only once in the Premier League so far this season has the 6ft right-back not featured, and that was only because he was suspended, as well as being awarded Man of the Match by WhoScored for his performances against Fulham and Huddersfield.
WhoScored also record the 20-year-old as completing an average 4.4 tackles per game and 2.6 interceptions, highlighting his defensive skills.
In the Daily Mail’s report, the publication suggests Everton are keen to make the transfer happen as they eye the 20-year-old Palace product as the long-term successor to Seamus Coleman.
The Republic of Ireland skipper, who has also worn the captain’s armband at Goodison Park in the past, recently celebrated turning 30 by returning to action following a foot injury.
The Toffees are reportedly open to letting Ademola Lookman depart Merseyside for Selhurst Park as part of a deal that could also spell the end to Jonjoe Kenny’s Goodison career.
Kenny, just 21 himself, emerged from the Everton youth ranks in 2014 but only started to regularly feature for the side this season in his teammate’s absence. His performances were solid overall, but compared to the Palace product lacked the same level of consistency at the back.
If the choice was between Wan-Bissaka and Kenny at this very moment, Everton would be improving their options by completing the deal and moulding the Palace star into the defender Silva wants before Coleman is no longer deemed good enough to be a starter.