Everton supporters will know that Leighton Baines can’t play forever at left-back for them and he can surely only have a year or two left at the top of the game.
The Merseyside club need to begin preparing for life after the Toffees legend departs and bringing in a youngster full-back as his understudy now would be a genius move.
Manager Marco Silva should be scouring the market for a left-sided flyer that can learn from the tutelage of Baines and Southampton’s Matt Targett ticks a lot boxes.
Everton must plot a move to sign the Saints left-back, but will have their work cut out to get a deal over the line.
Sky Sports reports that Premier League new-boys Fulham have launched a £10million bid to sign Targett after he helped them achieve promotion during his loan spell with them last season.
It is understood that Southampton do not wish to offload the 22-year-old, but Everton need to gatecrash their plans by placing an irresistible offer.
Targett is the latest upcoming star to come from the Southampton ranks and does have the potential to develop into a Premier League regular in years to come.
The attack-minded defender is definitely built in the same mould as Baines and the left-footed ace could learn so much from him.
Silva will demand that his full-backs bomb forward in his attacking style of play and that’s why it’s vital he has two top options to choose from on either flank.
In other Everton news, they must abandon their £40m pursuit and turn their attention to a Championship flyer.