This time last year Middlesbrough youngster Marcus Tavernier was being linked with a host of big names. The talented England youth international had just broken into Garry Monk’s side and had bagged a winning goal against rivals Sunderland.
One of the teams said to be keen were Everton. The Daily Mail suggested the Toffees were hopeful of continuing a recent tradition of signing talent from the Football League, following success with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ademola Lookman and John Stones.
However, Tavernier soon found himself out of the Boro first-team picture. Monk was replaced by Tony Pulis and he decided he needed time away from the first-team. In the end, he headed out to MK Dons on loan where he did not impress.
However, in the summer, he was excellent for England’s under-19s and has recently shown the sort of form which should have Everton considering revisiting their interest. He scored the equaliser in a recent 1-1 draw with Preston North End. It was his second goal in as many games for the club and it looks like he is now in Pulis’ plans going forward.
Everton should no doubt be keeping tabs on this teenage talent once again.