Three reasons why Everton should sign this Arsenal 26-year-old
COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Everton should go all out to sign Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey this summer.
Speaking on BBC Radio Wales, Stan Collymore claimed that Ronald Koeman should make the 26-year-old his number one target for the upcoming transfer window.
The former Liverpool forward even went as far as describing Ramsey and Everton as being ‘hand in glove’.
Ramsey has struggled this season, and in a campaign marred by injury, he has featured only 16 times in the Premier League.
Despite that, the Welshman still clearly has plenty of quality and could add a lot to the Toffees squad – here are three reasons why Everton should sign him.
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He’s got quality
Arguably Ramsey was the star of Wales’ tilt at the 2016 European Championships. Although Gareth Bale may have taken the headlines, Ramsey was the man that made the side tick. He’s also played nearly 300 games for Arsenal – not something an average player can do. On his day there are not many better than Ramsey and Everton would be stupid to not inquire into his availability. With Gareth Barry ageing and Ross Barkley potentially on the way out, Koeman needs someone with real quality in his midfield and Ramsey can be that man.
He fits the system
Ramsey can excel playing in the middle of a front three behind the striker, or he can perform well as a holding midfielder in a two, meaning he is capable of fitting into Everton’s 4-2-3-1 perfectly. This gives Koeman plenty of options as to how he would use the Welshman. If Barkley does leave then Ramsey can fill his boots and more. But if Barkley does stay at Goodison, Ramsey could drop deeper and operate alongside Tom Davies or Idrissa Gueye. He can also operate as a box-to-box midfielder so if the Toffees needed to switch their system, Ramsey would be able to adapt to that too.
He’s got something to prove
Arguably Ramsey has never quite reached his potential since suffering a horrific leg break in 2010, when he was only 19-years-old. Despite having won two FA Cups at Arsenal, he still has a lot to prove and he could prove that by moving away. At Everton, Ramsey would be a senior player and potentially even captain material – if he could lead Everton into the top four or to a major trophy it would prove that he is indeed a top-class footballer.
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