This summer could be a pivotal one for Everton after what looked to be a transfer window of promise only a year ago turned into misery and abject failure with the team battling relegation come October, rather than challenging the top four.
Now, the Mirror say that Everton are one of several Premier League clubs looking to pick up free agent Yaya Toure when he departs Manchester City after eight years of service.
Whilst in theory that could be an exciting addition, a Premier League winner with immense quality, in reality it is much like the addition of Wayne Rooney last summer. A signing of a player on the decline which goes against the club’s transfer policy and reflects the poor planning in the upper echelons of Goodison Park.
At 34-years-old, Yaya Toure is not getting any younger and he has made just one Premier League start all season, with that coming in his farewell appearance against Brighton in midweek. That may well be down to Pep Guardiola’s tactics than anything to do with Toure’s quality and fitness, but it is hard to see a player whose game is built on having an inexhaustible engine roaming forwards from deep going from one start per season to the 30 or more that Everton would expect in return for his wages.
The retired Ivory Coast international would not come cheap. His reputation and the number of offers he will undoubtedly have on the table would mean he will have no problem demanding more from any suitor, and Everton will be faced with a dilemma of if he is worth it.
Given that he will likely compete with the likes of 19-year-old Tom Davies, he may well help to mentor him and take his game to the next level, but he will also block his opportunities in the first team with no guarantee of returns despite his wages.
If Everton have not learnt from the disappointing sentimental experiment of bringing Wayne Rooney back to Merseyside last summer, when almost every other signing was a young talent with their best years ahead of them, then they are only bound to face more frustration in 2018/19.