According to a report by the Sun on Sunday (17/11, Page 67), cited by The Star, Everton are interested in acquiring the signature of Sheffield United centre-back John Egan. The same source has also revealed that the Toffees are monitoring the Republic of Ireland international’s performances during this international break. However, it is believed that the Blades will demand ‘a fortune’ for their prized asset if any approach is made.
Does Everton Need To Sign A New Defender?
Marco Silva currently has the likes of Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Mason Holgate in his defensive ranks. However, the Merseyside outfit could benefit from adding more cover at the back following the departure of Kurt Zouma last summer.
The Toffees should benefit from recruiting a defender like Egan as he would improve the overall depth of Silva’s squad. Both Mina and Holgate has had their fair share of injury problems in recent seasons. Hence, Everton need to bring in a worthy back-up centre-half who can push for a regular starting berth at Goodison Park.
Egan’s Recent Emergence In The Premier League
Egan has recently emerged as an important member of Chris Wilder’s first-team. He has put in some solid displays at the back in the Premier League. The 27-year-old has featured in 12 league matches for the Blades this season and is averaging 1.3 tackles, 2.1 interceptions and 5.7 clearances per game in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored). The Cork-born talent has also earned four international caps for the Republic of Ireland national side thus far.
What Will The Irish Defensive Ace Bring To Goodison Park?
Egan is a commanding presence inside his own penalty box and has remarkable strength that helps him win most of his aerial duels with the opposition. He has gradually transformed himself into a reliable defender at Bramall Lane and is currently one of the first names in Wilder’s teamsheet.
The Republic of Ireland talent is a decent tackler and can make some vital interceptions for his side. Furthermore, the 27-year-old has shown that he can also make some crucial last-ditch clearances when his teammates need him to step up the most.
Recruiting a utility player like Egan could prove to be a clever move for the Toffees. He is an old-fashioned, no-nonsense centre-back who is vastly experienced in English football. Egan might turn out to be a household name at Merseyside if Silva can land him in the coming years.