COMMENT By Alex Taylor
New Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman could be perfectly placed to guide Everton towards a top four finish next season.
Having enjoyed a wealth of success at Southampton the Dutchman will now be relishing the opportunity to work with the deep pockets of Farhad Moshiri at Everton.
The question for many Toffee fans will be who to recruit, and Manchester could well be the perfect hunting ground.
United’s midfield pairing of Juan Mata and Morgan Schneiderlin could both be on their way out of Old Trafford this season. Rumors over the arrival of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and Mourinho’s well known antipathy towards Mata, could see both players heading toward the exit door.
While the news may disappoint regulars in the Stretford end, both players could well find a new lease of life at Everton.
Schneiderlin blossomed under Koeman at St Mary’s Stadium and found the form that warranted his £24million move to United in July last year.
His intelligence in possession and high work rate off the ball could see him shape into a natural replacement for the ageing Gareth Barry.
The move could make sense for Mata, too. The little Spaniard signed for £37million in January 2014 but has spent much of his time in Manchester forced to play on the right-hand-side of midfield away from his natural home behind the strikers.
With the ever dipping form of Ross Barkley shaping into an immediate problem for the new management, the acquisition of Mata could well provide an immediate answer.
The 5ft 7in playmaker has twice won the FA Cup and has a haul in domestic and international trophies to his name; including World Cup, European Championship, Champions League and Europa League titles.
That winning mentality and star power could well be the perfect remedy for an team that won its last piece of major silverware 21 years ago and with both the influence of Mata and Schneiderlin at Koeman’s disposal, Champions League qualification may not be too far away.
In other Everton news, Koeman is keen to trigger the release clause of Portugal forward Luis Nani.