Bristol City's £12m Adam Webster could be Everton's new Jagielka

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Have Everton found the new Phil Jagielka in Bristol City's Championship ace Adam Webster?

Phil Jagielka of Everton

Back in the summer of 2007, Everton bought a young, ball-playing centre-back who was equally comfortably filling in at the heart of midfield.

Little did we know then that the £4 million they spend on Phil Jagielka would prove to be one of the Toffees’ most inspired signings of the last 20 years.

 

After 12 years and 385 games, Jagielka has bid an emotional farewell to Goodison Park. And now Everton face the unenviable task of replacing a long-serving captain.

But with Adam Webster being linked with a move to Merseyside, it is impossible to ignore the comparisons between the 24-year-old Bristol City ace and a young Jagielka making his name at Sheffield United.

Adam Webster of Bristol City with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Stoke City at Ashton Gate on October 27, 2018 in Bristol, England.

According to The Sun, Everton have joined Newcastle and Aston Villa in targeting a potential £12 million deal for Webster, who made 43 Championship starts in a superb debut season at Lee Johnson’s Robins.

And while Webster would have a long way to go before he could match the achievements of Jagielka on the blue half of Merseyside, it is surely no coincidence that Everton are once again aiming to raid a Championship club for an intelligent, sure-footed centre-half who can play in defence or midfield.

The comparisons are simply unavoidable.

Adam Webster of Bristol City is tackled by Tyler Roberts of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on March 09, 2019 in Bristol,...

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