With Jonjoe Kenny expected to leave the club this summer and Coleman turning 33 later this year, the Blues are in the market for a new right-back.
Aarons is highly-rated and has been linked with a move to Everton ever since Marcel Brands signed his former team-mate, Ben Godfrey, from the Canaries last summer.
It appeared as though Brands was in for stiff competition for the 21-year-old's signature when it was claimed that Bayern Munich held serious interest in him but there were reports last month that the German giants had cooled on the idea.
That could leave the path clear for Everton if, as Paul Joyce suggests in The Times, they can "haggle" Norwich down from their £30m asking price.
Original Source: The Times
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1 Posted 14/04/2021 at 22:59:03
I would hope more goals is of the essence. King surely is not the answer. A forward, a winger and a midfielder/playmaker. That should be prio 1 in my opinion. We do have alternatives on right back. we don't up front.
2 Posted 14/04/2021 at 23:20:51
Not disagreeing but we need a lot of players. If Digne finds his form and we get a quick attacking RB, they will create a lot chances. Think TTA/Robertson at RS. But we certainly need more goals and assists from midfield. If everyone is fit we look better but will James or Allan really play 30 plus games a season? Will Doicoure never miss a game? Probably not. So we need quality and quantity. Its going to be a challenge
3 Posted 15/04/2021 at 02:52:27
That would sort out our problems at RB, RW, playmaker and solidify our centre back positions as well.
Any remaining funds should be used to bring in a top quality striker who knows where the back of the net is. Icardi from PSG perhaps??
4 Posted 15/04/2021 at 08:34:44
I expect another CB, a energetic midfielder and a left side come striker added to what I think could be an exciting summer transfer window.
Additionally a lot of surplus will finally be gone with most out of contrac.t
5 Posted 15/04/2021 at 09:54:45
We certainly don't need 2 new CBs this summer.
6 Posted 15/04/2021 at 10:14:15
I've been surprised by all the Mina and Serie A talk. Especially with James at Everton. I wonder if he sees Godfrey as taking his place next season or knows about Koulibaly interest and wants to move on.
If Aarons is as good as Godfrey then we need to get this done.
We do need another strong midfeilder and someone else up front. I'd like some pace on the right too allowing James to play behind the front. Rabiot fits that bill and it will be really interesting to see how we get on with Kean this summer. I hope he either comes back with a better attitude or we get top dollar for him.
I wouldn't mind us signing Ings, he works his nuts off and has one year left at Southampton.
7 Posted 15/04/2021 at 10:21:22
Our market is:
- players in decline who Champions League clubs are trying to offload (eg Isco, Rabiot & Koulibaly)
- players on the up but who cannot get a game at Champions league clubs, (eg Odegaard)
- players at more middling clubs in strong leagues (eg Bailey)
- players at top clubs in weak leagues (eg Neres and Olise)
8 Posted 15/04/2021 at 10:25:50
With Aarons down the right with James in front of him and Digne and Richarlison down the left we resolve that problem.
Selling Mina (if he really wants to go) and Kean could, potentially, finance deals for Koulibaly, Aarons, Rabiot and Bellotti (or another striker). You might say, oh well only get about £50-60m for those two and the other 4 players will cost well over £100m.
Thats true but we can get rid of the likes of Iwobi (free transfer, hes that bad), Bernard 10m, Delph etc... to free up wages. Also, according to reports, Moshiri has £100m set aside for transfers anyway before we even think of selling anyone.
I know it sounds very Fantasy Football but this is the job Brands was hired to do. With imagination and balls of steel he can do it.
9 Posted 15/04/2021 at 10:35:10
10 Posted 15/04/2021 at 10:37:23
Also a dynamic creative central midfielder (preferably one that plays more games than he misses)
The required are a pacy direct wide player that can actually take a fullback on instead of coming inside every time, and finally we do need another striker, one centre forward in the shape of Dominic Calvert-Lewin will only get you so far in the hunt for higher things.
11 Posted 15/04/2021 at 13:47:04
He has not been tasked with Redknapp-style wheeler dealing in an attempt to make the top 4. And as Jeff says, no-one in their right mind will take a lot of highly paid crap off our hands - and given how light our squad is we actually need some of that highly paid crap to cover injuries and suspensions.
12 Posted 15/04/2021 at 14:09:59
I like James Rodriguez a lot and I rate Allan. We need them on the pitch much more regularly though. The likes of Iwobi and Delph are simply not good enough for where we aspire to be and have contributed next to nothing at significant expense. Sigurdsson has offered more but has been a disappointment in my view.
There's lots of examples in the Premier League of players where I think "how did Everton miss him?" Surely, that's Brands' job. Unearth talent and get them into Everton's first team. We still seem to target players for one last payday. Walcott being another recent example.
As others have said, we need a right back, some creativity and tenacity in midfield, speed out wide and a consistent goal threat. I'd also argue that we need a top class goalkeeper. I watched Courtois last night thinking "I wish we had him". Every time he was called upon, he made saves. If Pickford is a saleable asset then I would cash in.
This is going to be another big pre-season for us.
13 Posted 15/04/2021 at 14:19:08
Too much youth and you're waiting for them to develop and mature. Too much experience and you don't get them on the pitch enough due to injury and niggles.
Combine the both and you build a better squad / team.
14 Posted 15/04/2021 at 18:38:01
15 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:05:15
Get him signed if I say he's good - he's good.
16 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:14:06
He's an average defender.
Decent going forward.
17 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:37:10
18 Posted 15/04/2021 at 19:40:15
Without the crown that has been awarded to Arnold as "the worlds best right back"
19 Posted 15/04/2021 at 22:23:32
Yeah we need a long term replacement at right back but thats not going to take us to the next level and my view is the midfield still requires surgery/depth.
20 Posted 16/04/2021 at 09:10:23
I think Delph, Sigurdsson, Besic need to be moved on from Midfield, Bernard and Josh King in attack. So Midfield needs at least three players, including wing type midfielders as we never seem to have anyone out wide. Certainly need another striker too.
The other issue you have is Allan and Rodriguez are going to pick up injuries next season because of their age so you also have to have quality cover in midfield for those two.
It is still going to take two or three transfer windows to get what Carlo/Marcel wants and hopefully we can then in two years time can say we have the quality to challenge Europe
21 Posted 16/04/2021 at 09:36:11
Youd think it should be fairly straightforward...
We have one right back - therefore we need another. We have one centre forward, therefore we need another. Every position should have at least 1 direct cover, whether thats a youngster who should be ready for a few games or a more senior pro.
We currently only have 1 right back, 1 left back and 5 central midfielders (not including Delph, but am including Gbamin). We often play with 3 central midfielders and 2 full backs. Therefore, if Ancelotti doesnt trust what he already has, we need 2 full backs and an central midfielder. Depending on whether Kean comes back, we also need a striker.
22 Posted 16/04/2021 at 15:00:44
I have not seen enough of Aarons to know whether or not he would suit us. The records show he has played 125 games in less than three seasons, including 36 in the Premier League. That is substantial experience for a player only twenty one years old.
23 Posted 18/04/2021 at 05:20:31
To be honest, and this is my opinion only, I have not seen the superstar he is made out to be. Potential, maybe, but depending on what we pay, and it is sounding like megabuck by all accounts! I'm wondering if we could get an unknown, or as yet unheard of player, much cheaper and have plenty of change left over to finance other areas.
A little aside here, Norwich must have a really good scouting system. Another player, Buendia, they got relatively cheap, Cantwell a local lad, Ben we have, Pukki getting on now but scores goals, plus the ones who have been and gone.
I suppose the point I am making is these players were out there before they went to Norwich, and we could have got them for relative peanuts. I know we can't monitor every young talent but it seems to be a lot better at Norwich than our production line.
24 Posted 18/04/2021 at 10:04:16
I doubt that this will be Moshiris take on the squad. If, he has commissioned a new stadium, he will want a squad that will be top four and befitting of a new stadium.
We have to build a quality midfield, the deadwood has to be moved on, and top priority is a couple of quality strikers
Norwich will want to keep Aarons and price us out.
25 Posted 21/04/2021 at 20:56:00
26 Posted 23/04/2021 at 14:31:54
27 Posted 25/04/2021 at 17:40:27
Mosh must love spending his money...sigh.
28 Posted 25/04/2021 at 17:46:34
Mal, let's see. Carlo is a total poker player. His team selections surprise us most weeks.
Last summer we were told it would be difficult to do business and all talk was of the focus on being clearing out the deadwood.
There will still be an element of that but I expect players incoming. Especially if we qualify for Europe.
29 Posted 26/04/2021 at 09:49:59
We enquired, Aarons wanted the move, Norwich said no but promised to facilitate it this summer. It would explain why we never signed a right back and we have been using Holgate and Seamus.
30 Posted 26/04/2021 at 10:04:36
He is not worth the fee being touted imo.
31 Posted 26/04/2021 at 10:25:31
32 Posted 26/04/2021 at 10:35:32
As to whether Aarons is worth c £30M is for the market to decide.
Wan Bissaka cost about £45M. Matty Cash cost about £18M. So £30M based on that seems broadly right.
The alternative is to go out and get much better value overseas. But there is something good about a core of young English lads from a team spirit point of view.
33 Posted 26/04/2021 at 10:43:20
34 Posted 26/04/2021 at 10:49:53
I think there must be a young quick aggressive kid at the academy that Unsworth could mould into a modern attacking full-back... Broadhead?
As others have said, lots of the lads playing full-back have been converted from other positions. A bit of foresight wouldn't go amiss.
35 Posted 26/04/2021 at 11:56:05
However, if they were interested in signing someone then what about Partey from Brighton if he is fit again. I think that lad was interesting several clubs earlier in the season.
Now that Norwich are promoted I would think they would want to keep Aarons or double the price for him.
Do we still have Dowell around? And Nkounkou may also be able to play right-back.
36 Posted 26/04/2021 at 11:56:37
37 Posted 26/04/2021 at 12:46:18
38 Posted 26/04/2021 at 15:49:51
I am not saying Aarons isn't a good buy, but if there's limited funds, it will be far easier to find a quality right-back than a young attacking midfielder who can bring goals and assists.
39 Posted 26/04/2021 at 18:57:08
We do have John and Mallon in the U23s, already playing right-back. But no other obvious candidates even with a switch of position. Neither look ready to play a key position in an upper echelons Premier League side.
The right-backs we've been linked with in the past year or so are Aarons, Dagba, Emerson, Williams, Celik and Dalot. Likely to be one of them next season.
Also Maehle, Cash, Oina and Mounier but they've already gone elsewhere.
40 Posted 26/04/2021 at 20:22:56
We already have the perfect candidate as our right-winger... Richarlison!
41 Posted 26/04/2021 at 20:34:54
Villa wouldn't sell Cash to Everton even if we were interested.
I suspect we look to the continent and find a right-sided equivalent of Digne. Then again, he wasn't cheap. £18M + a couple of years back, but then we were buying someone with PSG & Barcelona on his CV.
42 Posted 26/04/2021 at 20:43:29
As it stands, the lad Stevens at Sheffield Utd has bags of experience, is a grafter, left footed (major bonus,) and a real team player (think Joe Parkinson).
The lad Periera at West Brom, skillful, tricky, another lefty, eye for goal, creative, the kind of player we've been crying out for.
As for a new right-back, Olosunde terrified our defence on his fucking own earlier on this season in the Cup and scored too and would be a cheap buy.
Why go for Aarons??? ... jeez.
43 Posted 26/04/2021 at 21:15:01
We need players capable of playing Champions League football in every position.
44 Posted 26/04/2021 at 21:17:07
We need a midfield experienced player who doesn't slow the game down, and another right sided scoring winger. But to get in any quality players we have to improve our position in the table to show we have ambition and not just talk about it.
45 Posted 26/04/2021 at 10:16:20
46 Posted 27/04/2021 at 11:47:39
47 Posted 27/04/2021 at 11:57:34
48 Posted 28/04/2021 at 11:13:14
Lamptey at Brighton has just signed a new 3 year contract. Max Aarons is the one to get, at the right price of course, & he wants to come which is the important thing. If any of you have watched the under 23/18's recently then 17 year old Matty Mallon at right back will have caught your eye for the future.
Coutinho would be a tremendous signing, he has the skill we have been missing in midfield. He would link up well with James.
Whilst we are on Barcelona then Konrad de la Fuente, a 19 year old winger on the fringes of the first team would be a vast improvement on Iwobi & they need to sell.
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