The summer of 2017 was one of heavy investment for Everton, yet the 2017/18 campaign has not shown a return to match. Now, Everton could be about to repeat the same mistake given their reported interest in Ki Sung-yeung.
Sky Sports say that Everton are one of five Premier League clubs to be considering a move for the South Korean, as well as interest from Serie A side AC Milan.
The Swansea ace’s contract is set to expire in the summer, representing the only way in which the Toffees have shown any sign of improvement on last season’s catastrophic business. By bringing him in on a free transfer, the 29-year-old would not represent a risk to the same extent as was the case for the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson last summer.
(Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)Whilst he may be the captain of South Korea’s national team, Ki has never set the world alight in south Wales. He has become a key figure, particularly in Sigurdsson’s absence in the middle of the park, but his return is not especially impressive given that he has been involved in just five goals in 29 games.
He may be more defensively focused, but his performances in that regard do not necessarily reflect a player who would be a regular starter for a team competing for Europe as the club hope.
What’s more, his long ball style from deep is unlikely to appeal to the kind of style that Everton fans have been crying out for all season during the reign of Sam Allardyce.
Everton may have improved in some aspects, looking for bargains rather than big investments and focusing on players with substantial Premier League experience, but a 29-year-old failing to stand out whilst involved in a relegation battle is unlikely to displace the likes of Idrissa Gueye or Morgan Schneiderlin.