Everton’s reported January transfer target John Egan produced a less than convincing display despite Sheffield United recording a 1-0 win against West Ham United at Bramall Lane on Friday.
The Mirror said last month that Carlo Ancelotti was eyeing up a move for the centre-back during the January transfer window, as he looked to strengthen his defensive options.
Given the Italian only has Mason Holgate, Michael Keane and Yerry Mina as senior options to pick from in that position, it is hardly a surprise that a new central defender could be on the agenda before the deadline on the 31st.
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According to fellow stats-based website SofaScore, he made two errors that led to shots for David Moyes’ visitors, while he was also the player who headed the ball against Declan Rice’s hand in the build-up to the Hammers’ last-gasp disallowed equaliser.
In addition, the former Brentford man also committed three fouls, failed to make a single interception and was also only successful with 71% of his passes – 11% down on his average this term as per WhoScored.
Egan may be a player comfortable playing in a back three under Chris Wilder, but this performance should have only served to raise some concerns among the Everton board and Ancelotti about whether he would be a good addition for them – especially if the 60-year-old continues to play with a four-man defence like he did against Brighton.
The Italian said at the weekend that he feels that Holgate, Mina and Keane are at the same level, and you would surely expect that he would want a potential new central defender to be better than what he already has available.
Indeed, Holgate only became a starting XI regular at the end of October.
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Meanwhile, Keane especially has come under huge criticism from fans for some of his outings and doesn’t look particularly comfortable playing out from the back like Ancelotti wants him to, and Egan’s 71% passing accuracy against West Ham is hardly ideal as a comparison.
Perhaps Everton need to think twice before targeting a move for the 27-year-old this month.
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