This weekend has seen Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks linked with a move to Everton. It was reported by the Sun that Everton have joined a host of other Premier League clubs, including West Ham, in pursuit of the defender.
Fredericks has had a fine season with Fulham in the Championship. The 25-year-old has played 37 times for the Cottagers this campaign and is rightly a wanted man. His contract at Craven Cottage expires in the summer and a deal has not yet been signed to keep him in West London.
With that in mind, Everton would be getting the Tottenham academy graduate on a free transfer.
But Everton should not be interested in bringing Fredericks to Goodison Park. As good as he is and how tempting a free transfer acquisition must be, his arrival would be a shock.
Everton are short in the left-back department, with Cuco Martina playing there for a while this season. However, on the opposite side is another story.
The Toffees recently welcomed back Seamus Coleman to first-team action after his horror leg-break. This season has also seen the emergence of Jonjoe Kenny. The England under-20 World Cup winner is one of the best young right-backs in English football and deserves more chances in the Everton squad. Martina is also an ever present and willing competitor. Add Mason Holgate, who is more than capable as a right-back, and Everton are well and truly overstocked in the right-back position.
Fredericks is a brilliant option, especially on a free transfer. But Everton simply don’t need him. If he was left-footed, this would be an entirely different conversation. But if Everton bring in Fredericks it would simply stifle the progress of Kenny and the Fulham man would be behind Coleman in the pecking order anyway.
Everton are hopefully doing more behind the scenes to find a left-sided defender rather than putting their energy into the signing of Fredericks this summer.