Following the appointment of Ronald Koeman as manager, Everton have been linked with a host of high profile names in the past few days.
Recently it has emerged that Koeman bringing Juan Mata to Goodison Park has also been seen as a realistic possibility by bookies SkyBet. Everton fans clearly want Koeman to recruit Mata and he would surely be a huge signing for the Toffees.
However rather than spending big bucks Mata, who cost United £37 million, Everton would perhaps be better served by splashing the cash to sign Newcastle United’s Georginio Wijnaldum instead.
Following Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship, Wijnaldum has been dropping hints that he will be looking to leave St. James’ Park this summer and a number of clubs are believed to be interested in the Dutchman.
Recently, reports from the Daily Mirror have claimed that Everton are also in the race to sign Wijnaldum but as a huge obstacle to any potential deal, Newcastle are demanding a fee of around £25 million for the 26-year-old.
Wijnaldum is undoubtedly a quality player and his stats of 11 goals from midfield for a struggling side last season is a testament to his abilities.
That being said, the PSV star did not escape criticism from the Newcastle faithful as he went missing during the second half of the season and failed to perform away from St. James’ Park.
The criticism is valid and as a result Everton will have to think very carefully about whether or not to splash a sizeable £25 million to sign the seemingly inconsistent midfielder.
While signing Wijnaldum for such a huge fee will be a risk, he would most certainly be more suited to Everton under Koeman than Mata.
Mata is expected to cost in excess of £25 million as well and while the Spaniard is certainly a brilliant attacking player, his defensive qualities are virtually non-existent.
Koeman is a manager who likes his team to be disciplined with or without the ball and demands even his attacking players to defend from the front.
As a result, Wijnaldum seems more suited to Koeman’s tactical system and would perhaps be a better fit at Goodison Park than Mata due to his attacking threat as well as ability to graft it out when required.
In addition, Koeman’s brother Erwin, who has also joined Everton as assistant, was the man who gave Wijnaldum his big break as a teenager at Feyenoord back in 2007 and they will be more than aware of how to get the best out of the talented Dutchman.