As Everton's dream of finishing fourth imploded in their last two games, it would make sense that Roberto Martinez would now be formulating plans in order to improve on his 5th position finish next season. Well, according to the Birmingham Mail, the 40-year-old manager is doing just that.
The report states: 'Marc Albrighton has emerged as a target for Everton as the Aston Villa winger's contract ticks down.
'Albrighton's current deal expires at the end of the season and he has yet to agree new terms with his boyhood club.
'The 24-year-old wideman is admired by Roberto Martinez and the Toffees boss is ready to offer him a fresh start at Goodison Park.'
If true, the former England under-21 midfielder would undoubtedly represent a gamble made my Martinez, but is he a gamble worth taking?
We look to answer three questions that may arise from supporters regarding this potential transfer.
Is Albrighton good enough to play for a team with top four Premier League ambitions?
Considering the 24-year-old has only just got himself back in the first-team picture at Aston Villa, it does indicate that there could be doubt over his overall ability.
Nevertheless, he has been in good form when given time on the pitch and has created four goals in his last eight appearances, which does show the impact he is capable of having.
However, if he is to play at the very top of the Premier League, I would argue that an incredible amount of improvement would have to be made - particularly in the player's consistency.
Would he get game-time at Goodison Park?
In truth, even before we consider what impact he could make in the Everton first-team, we would need to look at the competition he would be up against to get time on the pitch.
Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas and Steven Pienaar offer ready-made competition in the wide positions, and all three would offer a significant threat to Albrighton's chances.
As said in the first question, in my opinion, it would take significant improvement for Albrighton to crack the first XI - which initially, I imagine he would find difficult.
On a free, would he represent a good gamble?
With his contract up at the end of the season, he would have definitely stood out to many Premier League and Championship managers as, potentially, a great bargain.
The midfielder's form in the second-half of the season would have no doubt captured the imagination of many coaches. However, the emphasis will now be on whether he can remain consistent over the season.
I believe, as long as his wage demands are not astronomical, he would represent a good signing. Although, I think he would have to work hard over the summer to help Everton reach that next step.
If Villa want to have some quality in the squad next season they can start by keeping Albrighton, Villa's best player for a while now #avfc— Christian Mason (@ChrismAVFC) May 5, 2014
If albrighton leaves I'll cry— Mitch (@MitchAV93) May 5, 2014
I've always rated Albrighton. He's not a world beater, but he's Villa through and through. Would hate to see him go #AVFC— Norvillan (@norvillan) May 5, 2014
Just hope villa pull their fingers out and get Albrighton signed up, my view on him has changed— • (@RJLAV1874) May 5, 2014