Following the latest defeat at Turf Moor, Everton fans had a right to feel aggrieved, especially with their dismal away record.
Sam Allardyce – manager well known for keeping sides in the Premier League has done just about enough to ensure Everton’s safety, but its debated whether he could’ve done more since taking up the helm in December 2017. Pressure has been piling up ahead of the visit to Burnley, and speculation on his future has been rising with yet another awful display over the weekend.
Following Cenk Tosun’s first goal for his new club, it was thought the Toffees would clinch a first away win since beating Newcastle United 1-0 in December, but Sean Dyche’s side had other ideas as they turned around a one-goal deficit to earn a spirited win – a result which saw Everton fall into the bottom half of the table for the first time under the management of Allardyce.
It’s pretty clear that if Everton are to strive to compete on the European stage, the former one-match England manager isn’t best suited for the role (Arsene Wenger is being rumoured to replace him) but improvements also must be made on the pitch, and not just on the sidelines. Having said that, the club should make a serious consideration to launch an audacious bid to acquire the signature of Aaron Ramsey (who is rated at £36m by Transfermarkt) at the conclusion of this season.
Reports from the Daily Mail suggest that Arsenal are worried about losing the Welsh midfielder (with his contract being up in the summer of 2019), so are looking to offload him this coming summer. It’s not exactly certain that Everton would be up against competition for the signature of Ramsey, but it is likely. The main factor of the move for the three-time FA Cup winner would be the certainty of first-team football.
Should Everton sign the former Cardiff City man, that’ll majorly boost the credentials of the Merseyside club and spark an improvement in form. It could also potentially lead to the club challenging for a European place next season. The bid might be labelled as “overly ambitious”, but in order for Everton to push for a European spot, they’ll have to make signings as such, especially as this current season has depicted that the Premier League is vastly competitive.
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