Joel heads home
It looks as though Joel Robles has found himself a club and will be leaving Everton this summer. The Spaniard is out of contract at Goodison Park and has not had a look in since the signing of Jordan Pickford from Sunderland.
The 27-year-old followed Roberto Martinez in heading to Everton from Wigan Athletic in 2013. He went on to become a very useful member of the Everton squad over the next few years but has decided to move on.
Everton currently have injury-prone Maarten Stekelenburg as back-up to Pickford, so it will be interesting to see if the club decides to bring in a new face to the goalkeeping department.
Everton look to be stepping up their pursuit of William Carvalho. According to a report from A Bola in Portugal the player’s agent is now in contact with Everton director of football Marcel Brands over a potential move to Goodison Park.
It seems the clubs will soon have to agree on a fee, with William believed to be keen on finally making a move to the Premier League this summer.
The Euro 2016 winner will be looking to tie up a deal before he heads to the World Cup with Portugal this summer.
The same report also suggests that Everton are keen on signing Gelson Martins from Sporting Lisbon. The 23-year-old talent had a great season with the Lions, scoring 13 and assisting 13 goals in 52 games.
Everton are now believed to be keen on the player, as they look to improve their wide options.
Martins has been linked with a host of other clubs in Europe. His release clause at Sporting stands at an imposing £52.7 million, according to the Sun.
Such a fee will make it hard to get hold of the player, but it is certainly a name to keep an eye out for over the summer.
The media obsession with Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha should be ignored
The winger is being heavily linked with a move away from Selhurst Park.
Ask any Crystal Palace fan their least favourite part of the summer, and one answer will stand out: the endless media obsession about the future of Wilfried Zaha.
After further reports in The Times, Mirror, and The Sun linking the Ivory Coast international with a move away from Selhurst Park, Palace supporters should tune out the noise and focus on the facts of the matter.
Zaha is currently under contract at Selhurst Park, having signed a five-year deal just over a year ago. Despite the rumoured interest from the likes of Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Borussia Dortmund, Crystal Palace hold all the cards in the situation.
And, to add to their strong position, manager Roy Hodgson has made it very clear he has no intention of selling the winger when speaking to football.london last week:
“What people seem to forget with Wilf is he has got a four-year contract. There is speculation every year around Messi and Ronaldo too. He is our player for the next four years and the club has got no interest or desire to sell him.”
This strong statement from the Palace manager is the only thing that holds significance with regards to the Zaha saga. At the end of the day, there can be as much speculation and interest from clubs as possible, but if the club is not willing to sell then the player will stay put.
Additionally, the reports that Zaha is unsettled at Palace seem like nothing more than sensational claims. This is a player who expressed his love for the fans and the club as recently as April, talking to the Eagles’ official website after a win against Brighton.
“Crystal Palace is my home town and the support we have here is genuine support with families watching with their kids loving us as players so I don’t really see myself anywhere else.”
In all, one must focus on what is relevant in the Wilfried Zaha transfer saga: the actual words of the figures involved.
With Zaha expressing his happiness and Hodgson making it clear no sale is forthcoming, the media obsession over the winger’s Selhurst Park exit appears unfounded.
£3m Roberto Martinez project Shani Tarashaj thrown on to Everton scrapheap
The Swiss talent has not developed into the star Everton’s former boss hoped he would.
It appears as though Shani Tarashaj is finally on his way out of Everton for good. This morning he completed a loan move back to his former club Grasshoppers Zurich, with a view to a permanent move next summer.
With the potential of a permanent move to Grasshoppers, it would bring the curtain down on a move that simply never worked out.
Tarashaj joined Everton back in January 2016. Then Everton boss Roberto Martinez signed the attacking midfielder Shani Tarashaj from Grasshoppers with the fee involved, according to the Liverpool Echo, around £3 million.
“I feel he is going to bring something very, very special to us. He is probably the best young talent in Swiss football.
“There are a couple of young players with a good reputation but I think he could have really good future…I feel that he’s going to get fans off their feet. He’s that type of young talent that we like to attract to Goodison.”
Tarashaj was loaned back to Grasshoppers until the end of the season. He continued his fine form, which saw him earn a first Swiss cap and make the national squad for Euro 2016.
But things quickly went wrong for Tarashaj.
Martinez was sacked, with Ronald Koeman clearly not fancying the Swiss star. A loan move in Germany went poorly. Eintracht Frankfurt snapped him up but he struggled with benign angina, severe tonsillitis and a knee ligament tear last summer compounded his misery.
Everton now face the fact they will likely lose Tarashaj next summer, without the 23-year-old ever playing a game for the club.
This £3 million gamble has clearly not paid off.
Marco Silva should aim for Christian Kabasele reunion at Everton
The Belgian defender would be an astute addition for the Toffees.
Everton are still without a signing this transfer window, but the side requires strengthening, nonetheless, especially in the centre-back position.
Marco Silva should target Christian Kabasele to bolster his defensive options, a player he knows well from his time managing at Watford.
Kabasele began his career in Belgium and enjoyed success at Genk before moving to Vicarage Road in the summer of 2016.
The centre-half has been capped once by Belgium, as he made the Euro 2016 squad and was cut at the last moment in the Red Devils’ World Cup 2018 team.
His international involvement and the fact he was even being considered in the star-studded Belgium set-up is a measure of his talent.
At Watford, the defender bagged four goals in 44 appearances, illustrating his threat from set pieces.
He was also the most consistent performer at the back for the Hornets, eliciting praise from the Watford support.
Everton fans in particular will know the danger the Belgian poses, as Kabasele flicked home a powerful header at Goodison Park during a league meeting in November 2017.
Marco Silva knows the defender well, as he played in every league match when Silva was the manager, starting all but one.
And the Portuguese has praised the Belgian in the past, hailing his performance when talking with the Hertfordshire Mercury in 2017, after a 3-0 win at St. James’ Park.
“Kabasele was brilliant. He had a fantastic game. He improves every day. He had a very good game with and without the ball and even with offensive set-pieces he has improved.”
As Everton supporters wait for their first signing of the summer, the club would do well to target Christian Kabasele, a proven Premier League centre-back who is a favourite of the Toffees boss.