COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Everton must bring Manchester United defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin to the club in January – to prevent the recent result against Chelsea happening again.
The Toffees suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat in their last Premier League encounter, which saw an Eden Hazard double accompanied by goals from Diego Costa, Pedro and Marcos Alonso.
Ronald Koeman was without summer signing Idrissa Gueye for the clash due to a five-card suspension, which left 35-year-old Gareth Barry in the centre of the pitch alongside Tom Cleverley.
However, even with Gueye in the side the Dutch manager will soon need a replacement for the ageing Barry.
Koeman’s approach in the summer was to sign players who had Premier League experience with Gueye, Yannick Bolasie and Ashley Williams among those moving to Goodison Park.
Schneiderlin, 27, is a proven quality player in England’s top flight and has the added benefit of working with Koeman before at Southampton.
The Mirror have linked Everton with a January move for Manchester United duo Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, but it is the France international that Koeman should focus on.
He’s played in England since 2008, after moving across at the age of 17, and has developed his game to match. He’s also come up from the lower leagues, enhancing his physical game.
However, it wasn’t until after making it to the Premier League in 2012 with the Saints that people started to really notice his qualities.
Earning the Fans’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player awards in 2013 he had established himself as one of the stars of the ever-progressing Southampton side.
At the end of the 2014-15 season he attracted Louis Van Gaal enough to convince him into splashing out a mega £27million fee for him, following a successful campaign with the Saints when they reached the Europa League.
He has since featured in 46 encounters for the Old Trafford side, with just seven coming in the new season under Jose Mourinho.
Now with the World Cup coming up in 2018 he will be looking for more game time, after being saved from missing out on the Euro 2016 French squad by a Lassana Diarra injury.
Everton should do what’s necessary to bring him to the club in January.
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