Everton produced another defensive disaster class on Sunday as Carlo Ancelotti’s men were thrashed 3-0 by Wolves at Molineux.
The Italian boss will have been secretly fuming with his defence and it’s no secret where the reputable manager needs to strengthen during the summer months.
One man who has been linked with a move to Goodison Park is Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings, with the Sunday Mirror linking him with a switch this past weekend (12/07; page 69).
It is also thought Manchester United are keen on signing the enforcer but it’s pretty clear that Everton need the England international far more.
The 27-year-old signed permanent terms at Villa Park last summer following a successful loan spell which saw him help the club back into the Premier League.
The ex-Ipswich Town youngster has played in 30 of Villa’s 35 games this season and the fact Villa could go down perhaps won’t delight Everton supporters.
It’s clear, however, that Mings possesses the quality to strengthen an Everton defence that simply can’t stop conceding goals.
The fact he is left-sided will delight Ancelotti and his uncompromising presence would help Everton shake off their soft touch.
Teenager Jarrad Branthwaite came on for his debut at the weekend and it didn’t go according to plan.
The 18-year-old looked seriously raw and inside a minute of being on the pitch had given away a free-kick and then lost his man for Wolves to add a second.
Mings might not be the most glamorous of signings but Everton are unlikely to attract top players in every position without European football.
Ancelotti will need to be cute with some of his signings and Mings might prove a decent addition.
He is strong in the tackle, shows good positional sense and is a tower of strength in the air. Perhaps most crucially, however, he is proven and arguably gives Everton an upgrade on their current crop of central defenders.