Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Everton Set Their Eyes On 6ft 5in Championship Full-Back: The Successor To Leighton Baines?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

In a very rare event, Everton cut down a two-goal deficit to defeat Watford 3-2 in the Premier League at the weekend and the Toffees will hope that this is the start of a new journey for them this season. Everton have been atrocious so far this season, which has already cost their manager Ronald Koeman, his job, early this season.

However, they are still looking to improve as a unit and according to reports, Everton have taken their interest in Preston North End’s Josh Earl. The young left-back has triggered interest from a number of clubs with his excellent displays on the pitch and Everton are leading the line to land the player.

The Merseyside outfit is struggling with various problems in the ongoing season but they just cannot overlook their defensive setbacks. The ageing defence has been a concern for the club and they haven’t done enough to change the situation in the summer transfer window.

Leighton Baines has been playing at his full pace and also scored the winning penalty against the Hornets but time has probably come to search for an heir and the move for the youngster could well fit the bill.

Steve Walsh had a brief view of the player as he was present in the stands when Preston took on Brentford in the Championship. Everton hierarchy doesn’t want to rush things as the lanky defender suffered a knee injury against Aston Villa and is likely to be sidelined for a brief period, which could hamper the deal.

Standing at six feet five, the defender has an impressive attitude compared to the conventional fullbacks these days and would offer a different dimension. He is very efficient with his defensive duties and has been very impressive with his darting runs down the flanks.

The Merseyside club have brought in a number of promising youngsters likes of Mason Holgate, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies and Earl could soon follow their path. If he does arrive at the Merseyside, the 19-year-old is unlikely to be unleashed straight to the Premier League, as he would be needed time to acclimatise himself with the top tier.

Preston are pretty comfortably placed as the youngster has a contract till 2020 and if Everton do raid the club, they need to splurge a big amount to tempt the player away from the Championship club. Farhad Moshiri is unlikely to compromise with the transfer budget and is likely to sanction the move for the young left back in January.

But is he the right man for them?

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