While Everton spent the entirety of last summer on the lookout for a marquee summer signing to confirm their desire to challenge the status quo, they since appear to have placed more importance to their raft of talented young players.
From homegrown graduate Tom Davies to lower league signing Ademola Lookman (above), the remit presented to director of football and esteemed talentspotter Steve Walsh seems to revolve around helping Everton attract some of the country’s top young talent, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
Therefore, you wonder how long it will take for them to renew their interest in the diminutive, quick footed Zach Clough. The Sun reported in December that Ronald Koeman’s interested had been piqued by the 22-year-old’s sublime performances for League Out high-flyers Bolton Wanderers.
However, Nottingham Forest fans will be thanking their lucky stars that he instead moved to the City Ground in January. Because, in the eight games after joining, Clough has scored four goals in eight games while new manager Mark Warburton unleashes his creative talents by deploying him in his favoured number ten role.
Yet, Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi has demonstrated in the past that no player is safe at Forest, even if he himself has stated publically that the rising star in question would not be sold. Fans are still reeling from the sudden departures of Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow and Oliver Burke.
And although 17-year-old phenomenon Ben Brereton (below) appears to be the latest Forest graduate with a fleet of Premier League clubs in tow, perhaps they should also prepare to ward off interest from Clough in the summer.
Because, if Koeman was interested in January, the fact that Clough has taken his game to another level in the division above will not have gone unnoticed.