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3 Areas Everton Need To Strengthen Before The Summer Transfer Window Closes

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

The transfer window is the time when you get to strengthen the areas in your squad that let you down last season and considering the last two seasons Everton had, the fans eagerly waited to see the response of the hierarchy this summer. With a new manager in Ronald Koeman in charge and the financial injection of owner Farhad Moshiri, Everton are having a decent transfer window but we can expect them to make a few more deals before the window shuts on August 31.

Everton have made four major signings this summer in the form of Idrissa Gueye, Yannick Bolasie, Ashley Williams and Maarten Stekelenburg but there are still a few areas in the squad that need to be addressed. There is not much time left before the summer transfer market slams closed and Koeman needs to buckle up really soon.

Here are three areas in the Everton squad those needs to be looked at.

Goalkeeping

With the departure of Tom Howard this summer after a decade of service to the Merseyside club, there is a big void to fill under the bar. Even though Stekelenburg has been brought in by Koeman but the 33-year-old is not at all a long-term solution. The Dutch international has plenty of experience in his locker but is not the keeper he used to be five or six years back. Everton should make a move for a younger keeper who can feature between the sticks for them for plenty of years to come.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Seamus Coleman of Everton in action during the pre-season friendly match between Everton and Espanyol at Goodison Park on August 6, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Seamus Coleman of Everton in action during the pre-season friendly match between Everton and Espanyol at Goodison Park on August 6, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Right-back

Both full-back positions at Everton are short on numbers but more than the left-back position, it is the opposite flank that is craving for additions. We have seen Seamus Coleman struggling for fitness in recent years and Tyias Browning is also out with an injury right now. Everton should move for a right-back or else Koeman will regret it later this season.

Centre forward

Romelu Lukaku staying put at Everton is no less than a new signing. When Koeman took his job at Goodison Park, probably he had not thought that he could be working with the Belgian powerhouse with all the interest he was attracting. Despite having a striker like Lukaku up front, Everton should still look for a second option to the Big Belgian taking the safety first option. There is no guarantee that the 23-year-old will stay fit for the whole season and can keep up his form throughout the long season and not having a backup option can prove to be deadly.

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