By Danny Wright
Everton may have to enter the transfer market this summer to sign a new right-back following the devastating injury suffered by Seamus Coleman.
The 28-year-old had his leg horrifically broken following a terrible challenge from Neil Taylor in Friday’s goalless draw between Wales and the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
Coleman was left in excruciating pain after the incident and had to be treated with oxygen before being stretchered off the pitch.
Mason Holgate remains the only viable option for Ronald Koeman to utilise at right-back for the remainder of the season and with Coleman likely to miss a very long period as he recovers, it would make sense for the Toffees to bring in a natural replacement in the position.
Here, Football Insider takes a look at three potential summer recruits to fill the void left by the marauding right-back.
The Manchester United full-back has been seldom used by Jose Mourinho this season and he has since been linked with a move away from Old Trafford. A season long-loan could be a viable option for Koeman as this should cover the period that Coleman is expected to be absent for as well as counter his possible high wage demands. Darmian isn’t the best right-back in the world, but he is by no means a poor one. He’s done a decent job with United and Everton should look to capitalise on his lack of game time.
At 34-years-of-age, the Frenchman has a lot of experience to his name but he could still do a sturdy job in Coleman’s absence. According to French magazine Le10, Everton have already made an approach for the Manchester City man and bringing him in on a short-term deal, perhaps even just a year-long rolling contract, may be enough for the Toffees to get by. Sagna has been a solid performer over the years with both City and Arsenal – plus, any man that can get into a Pep Guardiola side is surely worth his weight in gold.
Although he has suffered with injuries this season, Debuchy is criminally underused by Arsene Wenger and he could play a big role in a team like Everton. The 27-time France international was an exciting player in his days at Newcastle but he’s proved that a move to a club as big as Arsenal is perhaps a step too far for him. A switch to Goodison Park could revive the 31-year-old’s career before it’s too late and Everton would surely get him for a good price due to him playing just three times this season in all competitions.
In other Everton news, Leon Osman has delivered his verdict on Coleman’s recovery process.