Everton are now considered favourites to land Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, come the January transfer window. The English full-back has only made two appearances for the Red Devils this season. It is reported that Mourinho is unimpressed with the player’s fitness, lack of tactical knowledge and lazy attitude.
In such circumstances, with chances drying up, Luke Shaw will want regular game time and a chance to impress the England bosses before the World Cup next year. Shaw came from Southampton for a hefty amount as a highly promising full back. However, he has been pegged back by injuries and his career never took off at Old Trafford.
A move to Everton would suit him nicely and with Baines, at 32, Shaw is likely to get a host of chances to reach his peak again.
As for the Toffees, the Everton board and owner Moshiri backed Ronald Koeman to bring in a host of summer signings that saw the club spend a net amount of £142.38m. Tipped by many to challenge for the ‘top six’, Koeman’s side was expected to fight for a European spot this time. Ten matches into the season and Everton are languishing at the bottom three of the table, with just eight points from ten games.
They have just collected a grand total of one point from their five big matches against Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, with the 1-1 draw at the Etihad the only positive result. While the results itself do not create many issues, it is the spineless nature of these defeats that have left the Everton fans fuming.
Everton shipped in 15 goals in their five matches against Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham. Add to this their defeats against Burnley and Leicester City last weekend following up on their subpar displays in Europe and Everton’s defence looks very shaky. A defensive boost is needed and Shaw might be the man to fill the gap on one side and stop Everton from conceding silly goals.
The Everton squad hosts a team of players of great calibre. The squad has a good mixture of youth and experience. The likes of Rooney, Sigurosson, Schneiderlin, Coleman, Baines, Williams have a collective experience of 1000 Premier League games and have always maintained a top level of football whichever club they have played for.
Add to the mix the youthful exuberance in the likes of Pickford, Barkley, Ramirez, Klaassen, Keane, Calvert-Lewin and Everton have few of the brightest prospects in European football at the club. Shaw will have a chance to add to these names and could be an instant hit at the Goodison.
As for Everton, Shaw would definitely be a bright signing and hopefully, help the club and himself back to their best.