Everton eyeing deal for the 'English Iniesta'

Lingard

Everton went into their clash with Southampton on Thursday with someone to play for.

Whoever won the game would end up in 11th place in the Premier League. Hardly a glamorous place to be, but it's fine evidence of two clubs who have enjoyed stark turnarounds.

The Saints were on the end of a 9-0 drubbing earlier in the season while the Toffees were plummeting and heading backwards under Marco Silva.

Carlo Ancelotti has rejuvenated this Everton side but unfortunately, they have probably left things too late to qualify for Europe. 

However, there's no reason they can't be in with an outside chance next term.

Marcel Brands and Ancelotti will have to plan their summer meticulously but with some worthwhile additions, the club can put themselves where they should be - in European competition.

For various reasons, this campaign will one to forget, but there's certainly been positives too.

Ancelotti

However, their latest target is certainly a rather questionable one.

Everton have been in the race for Philippe Coutinho this summer but now they're after Manchester United's Jesse Lingard. 

The Independent claims David Moyes is keen on a reunion on a reunion and is looking to bring him to West Ham this summer.

Though, the Merseysiders are also interested in giving the player an escape route out of Manchester. 

Lingard is currently valued at £15.7m according to Transfermarkt, so presumably wouldn't come at great expensive to Everton.

Lingard

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Lingard is a perplexing football. On his day, as evidenced at the world cup, he is a superb player.

He was an important member of the squad that reached the semi-finals in 2018, also scoring against Panama.

However, for someone plying their trade at United, his numbers don't stack up to much.

In 2019/20, the attacking midfielder has found the net twice in all competitions - none of those strikes have come in the league either.

It's remarkable that he was once compared to a great of the modern game, Andres Iniesta.

Lingard

Speaking about the 27-year-old back in February 2019, Rene Meulensteen said:

"The difference with Jesse is that he was always the English version of Iniesta. He can play in the pockets, he’s very mobile and very agile. He can beat a man and he’s good in combination play. The last few seasons he started to score important goals as well."

It's lofty praise for a footballer who fails to contribute much in the final third.

If Everton are looking for an upgrade on Gylfi Sigurdsson, a man who also has just two goals this term, they're looking in the wrong place.

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