Everton, and their manager Ronald Koeman, will already be looking to push on again ahead of next season, and it is shaping up to be another busy summer of transfer dealings at Goodison Park.
With the influential Leighton Baines getting no younger and Brendan Galloway struggling to impressing during a season-long loan spell at Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion, Koeman could be looking to bring in a new left-back to the club this summer.
According to reports in the Daily Mirror, the Toffees are the latest top flight club to show an interest in 16-year-old Fulham full-back Ryan Sessegnon.
The youngster has quickly become one of the most coveted youngsters in the English game following a string of mature performances for the Championship outfit this term, and his stats suggest that he would go a long way to becoming the perfect successor to Baines in the left-back spot.
Before Fulham’s FA Cup tie against Tottenham in February, teammate Tom Cairney said of the talent:
“His game understanding for his age is something I have never seen before. Fulham have got a huge prospect on their hands.”
In just 15 league appearances so far in 2016/17, Sessegnon has shown his defensive capabilities by making 36 clearances and winning 14 tackles, but it is perhaps the numbers at the other end of the pitch that are even more impressive.
The defender has created 11 chances for his teammates, picking up two assists as a result, while he has completed 12 take-ons and scored two goals – an incredible record for someone that only recently sat his GSCE exams.
Baines has become well known for his attacking influence on Everton over the years, and in Sessegnon it appears as though they might have found a young player to fill the gap the 32-year-old will undoubtedly leave, when he retires or moves to another club.