Should Everton replicate John Stones deal with Liam Lindsay attracting interest at Barnsley?

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Barnsley pulled off an inspired deal to sign Liam Lindsay from Partick Thistle but the defender is already attracting Premier League interest.

Liam Lindsay of Partick Thistle at Ochilview Park on July 26, 2016 in Falkirk, Scotland.

Liam Lindsay looks like money well spent for Barnsley. The Tykes paid just £350,000 to bring the highly-rated defender to Oakwell from Partick Thistle in the summer and they already look certain to make a huge profit.

Because the Daily Record is reporting that Lindsay is already on the radar of at least three Premier League clubs – giving the 22-year-old hope that his dream of appearing on Match of the Day will come true sooner rather than later.

“The move to Barnsley has exceeded my expectations in so many ways and being linked with Premier League clubs already only motivates me to achieve more,” he said.

The New Stones?

The question is, which Premier League clubs are keeping a close eye on Lindsay? There are no shortage of top flight teams who could consider defence to be their Achilles heel but there’s one side in particular who should have Lindsay at the top of their wishlist.

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

After all, Everton have made signing some of the British game’s most highly rated youngsters a priority in recent times. Ademola Lookman, Lewis Gibson and Josh Bowler are just some of the young talents who have moved to Goodison Park in 2017 while the likes of David Brooks and Ezra Konsa are understood to be on their radar too.

Lindsay, then, fits the bill. And not just because of his age and potential.

No side in the Premier League has conceded more times than Everton this season, their 4-1 thrashing at Southampton on Sunday taking their goals against tally to 28 from just 13 games. Lindsay, then, could be seen as a long-term successor for Phil Jagielka or the under-fire Ashley Williams.

Barnsley's John Stones during the npower Championship match between Barnsley and Blackpool at Oakwell Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Barnsley, England.

The Toffees brought John Stones from Barnsley five years ago – and what are the chances of Everton revisiting Oakwell for another young centre-back in January?

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