Everton are looking for a new beginning under Marco Silva as they parted ways with Sam Allardyce even though he took the team from bottom half to a top half finish in the last term. Silva will be expected to play a more free-flowing and attacking brand of football which the fans have been wanting to see and to achieve that the club needs to add reinforcements to their squad.
The Toffees are currently being linked with a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. The Eagles winger is one of the most sought-after players in English football as he had a thumping campaign at Selhurst Park last campaign. He was one of the major reasons why Palace managed to survive the Premier League with relative comfort even after being pointless in the first seven games. They finished at a respectable 11th position and will look to build further from here onwards under Roy Hodgson.
Palace are playing hardball as they are valuing Zaha at £60m and it is expected that Everton will consider such a figure as out of bounds as they have other areas to look after and improve. Silva believes that Zaha will be able to add that much-needed cutting edge in the attacking third of the pitch which the Merseyside outfit desperately needs. However, to acquire his services, the club will have to shell out an astronomical figure.
The 25-year-old improved a lot last season as he started to make a difference in the attacking third. He had the components to be a success even earlier when he was with Manchester United but he didn’t have the end product to his game. He has been blessed with terrific pace and dribbling skills and last season, he added better decision making in the final third along with better finishing which took his game to another level.
Hodgson even deployed him in a more central false 9 role as Christian Benteke was woefully out of form and the Ivory Coast international delivered with the goods as he managed 9 goals and 5 assists in 29 encounters.
Everton will be looking to challenge the big boys of the Premier League and under Farhad Moshiri, they have been willing to splash the cash. However, £60m could end up being too much for the Merseyside club and it will be smart from Silva if he spends his money wisely and improves his squad in all departments instead of blowing it up on just one player.