Carlo Ancelotti has a problem at right-back. Seamus Coleman’s injury has seen summer signing and centre-back Ben Godfrey been used on the right, Alex Iwobi and then Mason Holgate against Leicester – despite Jonjoe Kenny sitting on the bench.
Seemingly, Kenny has not done enough to convince Ancelotti for a start despite his impressive loan spell at Schalke last season. With Coleman sidelined but also getting on, Everton need to sign a right-back and could so in January.
Why not look north of the border? Both Celtic and Rangers have plenty of players that can do a job in the Premier League, with Jeremie Frimpong certainly an example of that. At just 20, he is showing enormous potential and has a bright career ahead.
His future is already up in the air at Celtic. Following his breakthrough since joining the club from Manchester City in 2019, Frimpong has starred for the Scottish champions. Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport claim AS Roma are interested.
The report rates Netherlands Under-20 international Frimpong at £18million – a figure that is decent for a player that has become a crucial part fo Celtic’s side at the tender age of 20. Kieran Tierney, for example, joined Arsenal for £25million.
Frimpong would be ideal for Everton. With Ancelotti chopping and changing between four at the back or three and wing-backs, he needs a right-sided defender that can play as a right-back – or a right wing-back.
His pace going forward and his ability to swing a cross into the box would benefit Everton in attack, but that same pace allows him to get back into position straight away. It is rare a player of his quality, and his age, is rated at less than £20million.
Everton have got to throw their hat into the ring and consider battling Roma for Frimpong, as he continues to shine for Neil Lennon’s Celtic side – a move that would finally solve Ancelotti’s right-back woes, both short-term and long-term.