Everton reportedly target Burnley's Robbie Brady; could he be long-term Leighton Baines replacement?

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton were reportedly interested in Robbie Brady when he was at Norwich City and the Burnley star may be on their radar again.

Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Kevin Mirallas of Everton and Leighton Baines of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at...

One player who cannot be blamed for Everton’s worrying malaise is Leighton Baines. The long-serving left-back remains a pillar of consistency at the age of 32 and, deservedly, one of the first names on Ronald Koeman’s team sheet.

However, the Toffees will know that Baines cannot last forever. Though still solid at the back, Baines’ productivity at the other end of the pitch has declined somewhat in recent years.

The former Wigan Athletic full-back set up nine Premier League goals as recently as 2014/15 but manage just four in the last two seasons combined. Perhaps this explains why TMW are reporting that Everton could make a move for a younger model – Burnley’s Robbie Brady.

Robbie Brady of Burnley (R) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Stephen Ward during the Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor on February 12, 2017 in...

The Republic of Ireland international has played largely as a winger since returning to the Premier League with Burnley last January but impressed at full-back during a superb spell at previous club Norwich City.

An energetic runner with pinpoint delivery, Brady is about as ideal a replacement as Everton could hope to find for Baines – a typically modern full-back renowned more for his attacking qualities than his defensive nous.

The Sun reported in July last year that Brady had piqued Koeman’s interest after impressing at Euro 2016, scoring against both Italy and France. However, the former Manchester United youngster eventually stayed at Norwich before moving to Burnley in the winter.

Robbie Brady of Norwich City is closed down by Hector Bellerin of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at The Emirates Stadium on April 30,...

The report claimed that he would cost £20 million then but, with the market exploding in the summer, you wonder if Everton would have to pay even more to take Brady from another Premier League club.

However, if Brady can replicate Baines’ 11-year stay at Goodison Park, he’d be a fine investment.

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