Everton should go for Jack Grealish this summer if Aston Villa fail to get promotion after player's comments

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton should look to Aston Villa to finally replace Ross Barkley this summer.

Sam Allardyce (L) and Farhad Moshiri (R) watches the match from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in...

Everton have endured a topsy turvy season with Ronald Koeman axed and Sam Allardyce appointed his replacement after a long running saga to find a successor while Villa are in the mix for promotion - most likely via the play-offs - in the Championship.

Now sitting comfortably in midtable but with little other than pride to play for in the remaining 11 games, the Toffees have time to take stock and identify where things went wrong in what was expected to be an exciting season.

Much of the blame has been placed on the club's failure to bolster their attacking options sufficiently in the summer after the departure of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.

While midtable mediocrity is not what Everton fans were hoping for this season, it does give the club the distinct advantage of planning ahead in terms of recruitment for next season.

Ross Barkley of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

With January signing Cenk Tosun starting to look the real deal the club will be focused on strengthening their defence and playmaking options this summer.

And if Aston Villa fail to get promoted from the Championship they should finally look to replace Barkley by moving for Jack Grealish after the player told Sky Sports he needs to be playing Premier League football.

"I think for me, to put myself up there, I need to be doing it in the biggest league which is probably the Premier League," Grealish told Sky Sports.

"So that is my aim to get this club back to the Premier League.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

"Hopefully next season I can do what I'm doing in the Premier League."

Villa could be forced to sell a number of stars if they do not get promoted this season with Premier League parachute payments coming to an end and the need to adhere to Financial Fair Play regulations.

And the Toffees could pick up a bargain while Allardyce likes to have a British core to his squads.

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