No team in the whole of the Premier League had conceded as many mistakes as Everton did in 2021/22. At least, with Chelsea travelling to Goodison Park in less than two months, Frank Lampard might have a brand-new centre-back partnership to keep his hat on.
James Tarkowski is already an Everton forward for all purposes and purposes. According to the Liverpool Echo, The Toffees will wait until his contract at Burnley officially ends on July 1 before unveiling the two-capped England international.
Tarkowskis'' free-agent status raises funds for Everton to expand their defense. The Mirror believes that Rodrigo Becao, a 6ft 3in Brazilian slugging his trade in Serie A with Udinese, has advanced right to the top of the Lampards summer wish list.
Everton have apparently reached out to Becao, though it remains to be seen if they are willing to pay Udineses 17 million asking price. Becao, with its 6ft 3ins and excellent in the air, would pave the way for Yerry Mina, who is injured.
While some things change, others remain unchanged. Evertons'' first-choice right-back is expected to start a fresh season, with the Merseysiders making little progress in their quest for a long-term replacement. In fact, they have been linked with far more left-backs than they have right-backs.
Evertons interest is flattered by Rennes'' defensive line. Sergio Gomez of Anderlecht is another option, but a Toffees side under pressure from Financial Fair Play are unlikely to pay a substantial fee on a left-sided defender just a few months after investing 19 million in Vitaliy Mykolenko.
Further forward, one of Evertons'' highest earners was expected to depart after an underwhelming 2021/22 season. However, interest in Allan appears to have weakened recently, and the former Napoli player stated recently that he expects to stay. At least, with Jean-Philippe Gbamin returning following an impressive loan spell at CSKA Moscow, Allan will have some competition in the park.
Gbamin appears to have put those long-standing injury concerns behind him at the end of his career, starting 11 out of 12 CSKA matches. What''s more, he provides more thrust and versatility than Allan does in the engine room.
On paper, a midfield of Allan/Gbamin, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Conor Gallagher looks fantastic; a ball-winner, a ball-carrier, and a goalscorer.
Lampard is confident that his Chelsea connections will result in Gallagher moving on loan even if he would not miss the opening day clash with his parent club.Gallagher scored more goals than everyone in Evertons'' squad bar Richarlison last term.
Ah, Richarlison. Lampard''s most unwelcome suffering and new director Kevin Thelwell. Even the most ardent Everton fanatic might hardly blame Richarlison for his absence from the club if he wishes to leave a side that has not failed since his 2018 departure from Watford.
Richarlison, a put forth, deserves nothing more than a relegation scrap. Especially with a World Cup on the horizon. According to The Sun, the fleet-footed Brazilian has told Everton he intends to leave.
I have already spoken to the board, he said, somewhat ominously. I have already spoken to Lampard, with my agents. They know what I want. Lets wait for June.
Emmanuel Dennis, who is over 20 million, has been identified as a potential successor, according to the Mail. Like Richarlison, he is a tricky, analytical player at his most effective when drifting in from the left. Dennis showed glimpses of real, top-level talent at a dangerous Watford side, as well as having Eric Cantona, Jurgen Klinsmann, and Andrey Arshavin for work at one point.
Dennis would certainly be a more like-for-like Everton successor than, say, Dwight McNeil of Burnley.
Tottenham is attempting to fight for Richarlison, and they might offer Harry Winks and Lucas Moura in exchange. Winks would be well received, offering Everton a much-needed injection of confidence in possession. A paintbrush amid the powertools. Lucas may not play ball, given that he will be set on a return to Sao Paulo in the near future.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has also enthused interest. However, he is more likely to leave after Everton canceled Newcastle out of a contract (The Telegraph). Arsenal also appears to be looking elsewhere today.
The problem is: is the Everton that might face Chelsea in August even if Calvert-Lewin stays with Harry Winks, Rodrigo Becao, and James Tarkowski are on their way? If they are not capable of defeating Chelsea in August, then they will be the first to accept that situation, according to Calvert-Lewin.