According to a recent report in the Daily Mail, Chelsea are contemplating using winger Victor Moses as part of a deal to bring in Everton’s highly-rated centre-back John Stones.
The Toffees will seemingly do everything they can to hold on to their talented defender, yet on the flip side they could look to take advantage of Chelsea’s huge squad to work a deal to their benefit.
Due to heavy competition for places, winger Victor Moses has spent the past two seasons out on loan, firstly with Liverpool and then at Stoke City, impressing with the latter.
While Everton supporters may see the former Crystal Palace man as a player with an overinflated ego and little end product, the Nigerian star does also possess rare traits currently absent from the Toffees squad.
While Roberto Martinez likes to focus on a possession-based style with plenty of movement, the Toffees last season were seemingly too easy to play against with teams happy to sit back and remain compact.
Against a wall of defenders, passing in front of them is not damaging the opponents and it’s easy to counter, especially when players become impatient and sloppy on the ball.
The Merseysiders need ball-carriers, players who can successfully take the ball 30 yards and pull the opposition out of position in order to create space for the likes of Romelu Lukaku.
Ross Barkley averaged a club-high 2.1 successful take-ons per game last season, with right-back Seamus Coleman coming in second place on 1.4. Moses, impressively, averaged a much better 3.3 per match.
The 24-year-old may have only scored three goals and assisted a further three in 19 games last season, but his ability to pull players out of position proved far more creative for Stoke than his end product.