Did Everton miss a trick by not signing now-Southampton star Mario Lemina?

Juventus' midfielder from France Mario Lemina (C) vies for the ball with Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar during the International Champions Cup (ICC) match between Juventus FC and FC...

Did Everton miss a trick by not signing now-Southampton star Mario Lemina?

Mario Lemina of Juventus FC celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Juventus FC at Stadio Olimpico on May 14, 2017 in Rome, Italy.

Everton's 5-1 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday exposed more problems for Sam Allardyce's side and fans should be worried about their midfield options.

The Toffees' defence conceded four goals inside 37 minutes and it doesn't reflect well on the two men who were charged with the task of protecting that back four: Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin.

Both looked horrendously off the pace - especially Schneiderlin - and with one of their summer targets impressing for a different Premier League side, you wonder how different Everton's season could be had they got him instead.

Mario Lemina of Southampton in action during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Southampton beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 at The Hawthorns earlier on the Saturday in a game where Mario Lemina proved his class once again and scored his first goal for the Saints.

The South-Coast outfit could have a battle to keep hold of the 24-year-old - who cost a club-record £16 million last summer after joining from Juventus (Sky Sports) - if he maintains this form until the summer, but could he have wound up on Merseyside?

Mario Lemina of Southampton celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with Sofiane Boufal of Southampton during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at...

According to Calciomercato, officials from the Goodison Park club met with Juventus last June over the prospect of signing him, but the Gabon international joined Southampton seven weeks later.

Everton missed out on a number of players who might have been influential for them this season - including Memphis Depay - but it's looking more and more like Lemina also represents a missed opportunity, if the reports from Italy were accurate.

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