Everton will need to improve their team massively this summer if they are to try and fulfil the long-term goal of competing for the top-four. This season has been a massive disappointment for them and new recruits will no doubt be brought in to try and solve the issue this summer.
One player who appears to have been identified as a target is Dijon winger Wesley Said. It has been reported this week by Le10 Sport that Everton are one of many teams interested in the 22-year-old.
They join Valencia and several other French sides in pursuit of the player, who has been the star of Dijon’s excellent season. The Mustards, in only their 20th anniversary year, are heading for their highest ever league finish – sitting 11th in Ligue 1.
Said has been one of the key players, with nine goals and two assists from his 28 games in the league this season.
Signed from Stade Rennais in a deal reported by L’Equipe to be in the region of €1.5 million (£1.3 million) the Burgundy club could stand to make some big money with the sale of the one-cap French under-21 international.
But for Everton fans, the interest in Said will still be massively underwhelming. The Toffees want to see their side bring in top talent, not unknowns from France with bags of potential but, in reality, mediocre final statistics.
What the interest in Said has all the hallmarks of is current director of football Steve Walsh. During his time at Leicester City, he snapped up some absolute bargains from across Europe, including future superstars like N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez from France.
So perhaps Everton, who are openly pursuing the appointment of PSV director Marcel Brands, should be willing to give Said a go if Walsh believes he has the ability to shine in the Premier League. His record at Goodison Park has not been good and some fans want to see the back of him. But remember that the core of the team that won Leicester City the Premier League title in 2015-16 was signed by Walsh.
Said could be a complete flop but it is unlikely he would be an expensive recruit. Given Everton’s current struggles in the wide-midfield area, perhaps Everton should give Said a go.