Everton eyeing swoop for huge defensive talent

Carlo Ancelotti and Duncan Ferguson

Carlo Ancelotti's time at Everton so far has been a story of two parts.

When the Italian first arrived, he was a breath of fresh air. Buoyed by an upturn in results thanks to caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson, the Toffees looked a reinvigorated outfit.

However, after football returned in June, the Merseysiders were lacklustre and devoid of any confidence.

Can you blame the players for already being on the beach? Arguably not.

Once the Premier League came back, Everton won just three of their final ten matches. For a side striving to achieve Ancelotti's goal of European football, that isn't good enough. 

Ancelotti has grown frustrated with the club's recruitment and that's hardly a surprise given they're yet to lure anyone to the club. 

So much for Thomas Lemar and Leon Bailey.


Everton have gone to great lengths to spend in recent windows but their first arrival of the summer could be on loan.

According to The Telegraph, they're contemplating a temporary switch for Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori.

Ligue 1 side Rennes are also in the chase to sign the English centre-half.

It looks like the Blues will be adding Thiago Silva to their ranks over the summer so, with that in mind, Tomori may suffer from a lack of game time.

Consequently, a loan move should be on the cards for the impressive young defender.

Tomori is only 22 and played 21 times for the Blues last season. Frank Lampard would surely back him to do well under his former manager Ancelotti.

Fikayo Tomori

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Tomori has enjoyed quite the rise over the last two years. He starred under Lampard at Derby County in the Championship, winning their Player of the Year, before he made a seamless transition into Premier League.

The centre-back was an instant hit on his return to Stamford Bridge, scoring an absolute peach against Wolves and seeing off the challenge of Mo Salah too.

Chelsea may have lost 2-1 to Liverpool last September but without Tomori, the scoreline would have been worse.

"This lad caught my eye against Liverpool when Mohamed Salah tried to outrun him and Tomori handled the chase comfortably and with gears to spare. Needless to say, I was impressed," Garth Crooks said after the game.


Salah may have picked up an assist but his overall game was limited, failing to complete a single dribble.

It's no surprise to see that Rio Ferdinand thinks he's a "huge talent" either - the former Manchester United man knows a good defender when he sees one.

Tomori's form may have dropped off in the second half of the season, playing just three times in 2020, but he'd be a shrewd acquisition for Everton.

After all, his early form in 2019/20 proved he's up to the task of Premier League life.

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