Why these three potential Everton buys make perfect sense
Everton are about to make a series of exciting captures this summer, according to reports across a variety of national newspapers.
The Toffees have been linked with a number of players as manager Roberto Martinez bids to prepare his side for European football next season and replace the clutch of loanees who made such an impact at the club last term.
Here are some of the potential moves and why they’d be a perfect fit for the Goodison Park outfit.
The Express have reported that Belgian Player of the Year Thorgan Hazard is just one of the names on Martinez’s shortlist having impressed for Jupiler League side Zulte Waregem.
Having spent two seasons on-loan at the club from Chelsea the 22-year-old, younger brother of the Blues’ Eden, could be about to secure first-team football in the Premier League.
Hazard would add another exciting dimension to an increasingly expansive Everton outfit, one which is quickly shaking off its erstwhile pedestrian image.
From flavour of the month to star in the shadows, Tottenham’s Andros Townsend endured mixed fortunes last season.
Having played a key role in helping England qualify for this summer’s World Cup the speedy winger has since fallen from grace at White Hart Lane with his last Premier League start coming way back in March after finding himself out of favour and then injured.
Martinez was reportedly keen on a loan move for Townsend last summer before being rebuffed.
But the Spaniard may renew his interest in the midfielder in order to inject some pace down the flanks. If Townsend can stay fit and maintain his form then the likes of livewire striker Kevin Mirallas can surely only benefit from his output while his own eye for goal will also endear him to Bluenoses.
Surely Chelsea won’t make the same mistake for a third season in a row and send strike sensation Romelu Lukaku out on loan again?
If, as widely expected, boss Jose Mourinho opts to cash in on the Belgian striker or keep him at Stamford Bridge then Everton will need to fill the void left by last season’s top marksman.
Ivorian Wilfried Bony could provide the answer having netted 16 goals in his debut season in the Premier League.
And if Martinez can mount a successful raid of former club Swansea for Bony’s services then they could have a ready-made replacement and a new terrace hero.