Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes he could have a busy summer ahead of him, and first on his list is not one but two Manchester United defenders.
While the Toffees boss does not expect to lose top stars John Stones, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, he is on the lookout for a new defender. Martinez told reporters: “I expect a lot of movement but we’re certainly not actively looking to lose any of our assets.”
One of his main priorities is keeping a continuity in the dressing room at Goodison Park, whilst adding a few new faces who will improving the side.
“We need continuity and want to carry on with our experienced players and the youngsters who have assumed good roles, but that the three or four players we bring in can adapt to what’s needed in the dressing room,” Martinez added.
Martinez has had his eye on Man United’s out of favour Jonny Evans, who has endured a tough season after a number of injuries, and a six-match ban for spitting on Papiss Cisse has left van Gaal wanting to make room for new players.
It is believed Evans will be sold in order to make way for the likes of Mats Hummels and Nicolas Otamendi, and at Everton veteran defender Sylvain Distin is also thought to be heading for the Goodison Park exit door.
Former Untied midfielder Paul Scholes believes that Evans may go to the Toffees: “I have a feeling that he might go to Everton. I think Martinez likes him. I think he will suit their style of play.”
Evans still has year left on his contract at Old Trafford but it is believed that if he were to be sold then Everton is high on his list as he doesn’t want to have to move his family down south, which is what an offer at Tottenham would mean.
There are rumours that a deal with the Toffees may not be possible and Martinez has already started looking at other options- mainly Evan’s teammate, Tyler Blackett. While he knows he won’t be able to buy the 21-year-old, the Toffees boss is hoping to secure a loan deal for him if things with Evans fall through.
Fans are mixed as to whether Blackett would be a good signing with the YES group edging out with 59% of the vote, according to the Daily Mirror.
Whilst there is not a lot of difference in their pass success rate (Evans is 85.1% and Blackett’s is 84.8%), the 21-year-old defender has a lot more weaknesses. He has come on a lot in his game and while he is not the full package, he just needs some game time to improve.
It is difficult to see whether he would be given the time needed at Goodison Park and he might be better getting loaned out to a club that has just been promoted, for example.
Evan’s would fit right into the Everton side as he has a similar style to Distin. Fans would love to see him at the club and is clearly the favourite defender to bring in. If this doesn’t work, Martinez may want to look elsewhere.
Blackett could be a great player, but only if he is given the time he needs to shine and improve.