Everton are still finding their feet under Marco Silva but there have been signs of progression since the stagnant period under Sam Allardyce.
A free-flowing attack has scored 11 goals in seven games so far this season, although the problem is the Toffees have conceded the same amount defensively.
Silva’s summer spending spree saw the Portuguese boss neglect to strengthen his midfield, with loanee Andre Gomes yet to feature after arriving from Barcelona, but it seems he has changed his stance ahead of January.
TeamTalk has named Everton amongst a host of Premier League clubs eyeing the services of Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips, who has been a mainstay in Marcelo Bielsa’s side so far this season and has attracted attention from England boss Gareth Southgate.
The 22-year-old defensive midfielder is also being eyed by Tottenham and Arsenal, according to the reports, but it is at Everton where he could thrive if he is given the opportunity to partner Tom Davies in the middle of the field.
Davie, earning a stellar reputation at Goodison Park and already captaining the Toffees, looks set to solidify a position in the heart of Everton’s side for the next decade and partnering him with Phillips would be a masterstroke.
Phillips, strong in the tackle and not afraid to get stuck in, could become the ball winner in midfield for Everton, with Davies then providing the ball to attacking players like Richarlison and Cenk Tosun to craft opportunities.
However, Tottenham may have a similar plan for Phillips to succeed Mousa Dembele in Mauricio Pochettino’s side and Everton will need to be swift if they are to win the race for his signature.