Everton are currently being linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. The England international midfielder will become a free agent this summer when his contract at The Emirates expires.
But there are numerous reasons why Everton should not bring in Wilshere. There is, of course, his troubled injury past and what many perceive as his dwindling attributes as a consequence.
However, Everton should simply be putting their trust in one of their own youngsters – namely Tom Davies.
In the 2016-17 season, the 19-year-old first burst onto the scene with a series of impressive performances. Top of those was his excellent display in a 4-1 rout of Manchester City, in which he looked like the Pep Guardiola recruit.
Last season was tougher for the talented midfielder. He played more games but had less impact. The sacking of Ronald Koeman did little to help his chances either, as the Dutchman was clearly a big fan of the teenager.
But he is still only 19 and has already played 70 games for Everton, an incredible feat. Bringing in a risky recruit like Wilshere to play in his position is simply a barrier to his progression and nothing else.
Everton should instead encourage the teenager to be a future first-team player at Goodison Park and leave Wilshere for someone else to work with.