Everton have been linked with a loan move for West Ham United winger Felipe Anderson by TeamTalk.
The Brazilian is on loan at Porto right now but that spell may be cut short early due to a lack of gametime.
In an exclusive interview with former Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn, he said he feels the Toffees do need someone in the position Anderson plays.
He believes cover for Richarlison is needed and says Carlo Ancelotti will be aware of how he performed in Italy with Lazio before moving to West Ham.
“Wide areas,” said Martyn when we asked him where Everton need to strengthen this month. “I think we definitely missed Richarlison when he was injured. That was the one that really worried me.
“So if there’s somebody of his ilk around, that would be good – but they don’t come cheap. Anderson at West Ham – the worry is he hasn’t been playing much at Porto.
“Everyone would have seen something in him and £40 million (the fee West Ham paid for him could rise to £41.5 million) is a lot of money so he’s obviously a talented player.
“But if he’s not played at West Ham, they’ve obviously gone ‘oh god, he’s not what we were expecting’. Then he’s not been played at the club he’s going to so he’s possibly not at the level Everton want.
“But that’s the risk you have to take as a manager. Ancelotti will have seen him in Italy as well, I’m sure he watches that league a bit more.
“So he would know enough about him. But positionally, that is where I would try and strengthen if you can.”
It’s so hard to get top players in January and many mid-season moves represent something of a gamble.
Anderson showed flashes of what he can do in England, but no more than that.
As Martyn says, perhaps Ancelotti would be happier to judge him on what he did in Italy.
And coming on loan, without the pressure of being a club’s record signing like he had at West Ham, might also help.
If he could provide effective cover for his countryman Richarlison, Ancelotti would consider that a success so it might be one to watch.
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