Collymore: Proven PL goalscoring midfielder should join Everton
By Matt Bullin
Former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore has claimed that Everton should sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
After a superb European Championships with Wales, Ramsey has found form difficult to come by this season, after struggling with injury.
The 26-year-old has made only 24 appearances in all competitions this campaign and has scored just two goals – a disappointing return for a player of his calibre.
The 46-time Wales international is proven at Premier League level and was a star in the Gunners’ side last term, contributing to nine goals in 31 league appearances.
Ramsey has been at Arsenal nine years and after an indifferent season, Collymore claims he should push for a move to Merseyside.
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“In terms of Aaron Ramsey and where he should go, off the top of my head, Everton,” Collymore told BBC Radio Wales.
“He’d play lots of games, he’d be pushing towards European football and like I say the most important thing for any player is to feel wanted and play lots of football matches.
“They need a freshening up of the midfield because now Gareth Barry’s getting older. And it’s a bit old club, like Arsenal, whereby the expectation to perform is great. So, for me, I think it’s ‘hand in glove’ with Aaron Ramsey and Everton.”
Football Insider verdict
Ramsey is a proven performer at Premier League level and even though he has struggled this season, as the old saying goes ‘class is permanent, form is temporary’. The Welshman has contributed to 89 goals in his 291 Arsenal league and cup appearances – proving he is more than a capable attacking threat. He is able to play in a three behind the striker, or sit deep in a holding two, meaning he could slot into Everton’s midfield system nicely. As Gareth Barry ages and Ross Barkley looks to fresher pastures, Goodison Park could be the perfect spot for Ramsey to reignite his career.
In other Everton transfer news, Jamie Carragher has urged this defender to sign for Everton amid interest from the top four.