Yesterday saw Everton linked with a move for Hertha Berlin left-back Marvin Plattenhardt this summer. The German international, currently with his country ahead of the World Cup in Russia, is said to be a target for Everton as they look for a long-term successor to Leighton Baines at left-back – according to Sky Sports.
It would be a brilliant addition for Everton, as the left-back position does finally need to be revamped. However, it could be argued they are going for the wrong German left-back if they are trying to get the next Baines.
Instead of Plattenhardt, Everton should be going after FC Augsburg defender Philipp Max.
The 24-year-old had a breakthrough season last term. With a stunning record of 13 assists from 33 games in the Bundesliga, only Thomas Muller got more, it is easy to see where the Baines comparisons come from.
Unlucky to miss out on the World Cup squad owing to Joachim Low being settled on Plattenhardt and Jonas Hector he has been linked with Manchester United this summer. Bild are reporting that he would cost United a fee of £35 million and that is obviously quite a sum of money.
But Everton need to address the situation at left-back and Max is clearly a future star in the making. Beating Manchester United to his signature would be no easy feat. However, doing so would send the right message about the recruitment Everton want to do under the new regime of Marcel Brands and Marco Silva.
If they are to bring in a left-back from the Bundesliga this summer it should be the Augsburg star and not Plattenhardt.