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Everton Defensive Duo Set To Hold Talks Over Their Futures At Merseyside: What Should The Toffees Do?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Liverpool Echo, Everton chiefs will have discussions with Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines over their futures at Goodison Park.

In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, the Toffees boss Marco Silva said,  “It will be possible.  We are talking about a week, but I think yes, I think yes.  Because after that we go into the last week of the season and next week I will sit with Marcel again, and it will be a big possibility for them to know.”

The same source also mentions another interview held after Everton’s defeat versus Fulham earlier this month, when Jagielka addressed his future and said, “You would prefer to know as quick as possible.”

Baines And Jagielka: Two Loyal Soldiers Of Everton

Both Baines and Jagielka are veteran campaigners who have been loyal servants for the Merseyside club. They have represented Everton to the best of their abilities but father time is catching up with them. Hence, the Toffees would now have to make up their mind whether they should retain either or both of them beyond this summer.

Baines have made just eight appearances for the Blues of Merseyside this term after losing his first-team place to Lucas Digne. However, the English left-back can still be a reliable number 2 for the left-back spot so it makes sense for Silva to retain him for at least another year if the English defender can prove his fitness in pre-season.

Jagielka, on the other hand, had to endure a similar frustrating campaign as he has also been a sporadic feature at the back. The 36-year-old has made six appearances for the Toffees thus far.

Should The Toffees Retain Their Services?

Both players in question are good enough to be worthy squad members under Marco Silva. The Merseyside outfit needs to reward their loyalty by giving them a second chance to prove their worth at the highest level.

Their combined experience can also be a useful tool for Silva as he looks to inspire his side to win some silverware in the coming years. All in all, it seems like the right move would be to keep them at the club for at least another season.

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