The January transfer window is drawing ever closer, and Everton are likely to splash the cash having missed out on a number of summer transfer targets.
Everton landed Maarten Stekelenburg, Ashley Williams, Idrissa Gueye, Yannick Bolasie, Enner Valencia and Dominic Calvert-Lewin over the summer, but failed moves for Moussa Sissoko, Yacine Brahimi and Manolo Gabbiadini on deadline day (The Mirror) left some fans disappointed as the transfer window slammed shut.
Everton's Ross Barkley
With that in mind, here is a five-point plan for Everton's January transfer window...
Sign a younger central defender
Ashley Williams has done a good job for Everton since arriving from Swansea City in August, but he's now 32, and Phil Jagielka is 34, meaning the Toffees need some youth at the back. Players like Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly, Hoffenheim's Niklas Sule or Burnley's Michael Keane all fit the bill, bringing some youth and athleticism to an Everton back line that has struggled for clean sheets of late, whilst giving Koeman players to build around for the future.
Manchester United's Memphis Depay in action with Fenerbahce's Robin van Persie and Souza
Bring in a new goalkeeper for the future
Behind the defence is goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, whose season has been somewhat up and down. The Dutchman was an able deputy for Koeman at Southampton last season, but the 34-year-old has been thrust in as Everton's first-choice goalkeeper this term. The Toffees should be looking for either a young, talented goalkeeper like Sunderland's Jordan Pickford or a more experienced Premier League shot stopper such as Kasper Schmeichel or Asmir Begovic, Everton need to find a goalkeeper who can be their first-choice goalkeeper for the next five years, and end stop-gaps like Stekelenburg or Joel Robles.
Make a decision on Ross Barkley's future
Everton playmaker Barkley has endured a tough first half of the season, notching just two goals and two assists in the Premier League this term. Having been in and out of Koeman's side, it's time for Everton to decide what their plans for the 23-year-old midfielder are. The Telegraph reported earlier this month that Tottenham want to sign Barkley, and with just 18 months on his contract, January would be a great time for Everton to decide whether to cash in on Barkley whilst they can still get a huge fee, or give him the contract extension he's looking for.
Sign Memphis Depay
With Yannick Bolasie out for up to a year through a terrible knee injury, Everton must look to land a replacement winger, rather than – again – using stop-gap players like Aaron Lennon or Enner Valencia. After manager Koeman told FOX Sports NL in November that he would lie to work with Memphis Depay, a move to sign the Manchester United winger makes total sense. Depay hit 28 goals in just 40 games in his final season with PSV Eindhoven, and whilst he has struggled with United, Koeman may be the man to get the best out of the 22-year-old wide man having watched him in action for years during his spell in charge of Feyenoord
Recruit a central midfielder – ideally, Morgan Schneiderlin
Signing one player from Manchester United may not be enough for Everton, as midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin would also be a smart signing for the Toffees. The Frenchman has struggled for first-team football under Jose Mourinho this season, and would surely relish the chance to not only play regularly for Everton, but also work under his former Southampton boss Koeman again. A proven Premier League midfielder with great quality on the ball and strength in the tackle, Schneiderlin would be the ideal long-term heir to Gareth Barry, who turns 36 in February.
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