Ronald Koeman is preparing a complete overhaul of Everton’s midfield and according to latest reports he is targeting Arsenal star Jack Wilshere as his main midfield man.
Everton brought in Ronald Koeman and assured him a sizeable transfer kitty to make the necessary changes which would help in progress for the club. Everton’s transfer policy hasn’t been their strongest policy in recent years with a number of average players being brought into the books. And it showed in Roberto Martinez’s last season as the chasm between Romelu Lukaku and the rest of the squad barring a few senior members was clearly evident.
And with the reputation with which Koeman has come in, he has been backed to get the results. And although it hasn’t been all smooth sailing till now, they are currently in the 7th spot and looking like the only candidate capable of challenging the monopolistic dominance of the Top 6, if they are seen as a whole.
Everton’s midfield consists of Gareth Barry, James McCarthy, Idrissa Gueye and Tom Cleverly. Barry, at 35-years, cannot be expected to perform week in, week out. His calm presence has served well for the younger players but he is nearing an end to his career in the top flight.
Tom Cleverly never quite made the cut and after being utilised in a number of positions over the years, has been linked with Newcastle United which might see him move. Besic is unlikely to play any part even after he returns from injury and even McCarthy’s future is clouded with the change of manager.
This leaves Idrissa Gueye as the only long-term option on offer at the Goodison. The former Aston Villa man has been their most consistent performer and has nailed down a deserved starting spot. And we are already aware of Koeman’s plans of partnering him with Manchester United‘s Morgan Schneiderlin who is edging closer to a move with every passing minute.
With a solid base established, Koeman wants a creative presence to bring a more fluid look to the midfield. And this is where the hugely talented Jack Wilshere comes into the picture. Like many Arsenal players, he has also been touted to have the one consistent season which hasn’t been forthcoming. But unlike others, his issues are mostly to do with his horrific injury record.
And that is exactly why Wenger decided to send one of his favourite players out on loan to Bournemouth. He has stayed fit in the first half of this campaign and impressed, particularly in recent weeks. Arsene Wenger indicated last month a willingness to offer him a new contract but that could simply be a deal which protects their asset.
His composure on the ball and his dribbling ability along with his supreme technical ability would certainly set him apart in the Everton midfield. And if he can have a run of matches and a season, he is certainly capable of changing the dynamics of midfield play in England.