Everton are currently four points clear of the relegation zone but will need to do more to secure definite safety in the Premier League next season over their next eight games, however their instability in the league hasn’t stopped the club from eyeing up potential transfer moves this summer.
What’s the word?
According to iNews, the powers at Goodison Park are interested in joining the race to sign Burnley defender James Tarkowski this summer when the player becomes a free agent.
Huge Keane upgrade
There is no doubt that the defensive line at Everton has come under serious criticism this season, and for good reason when you consider the vulnerable situation the club has found themselves in, embroiled in a relegation battle over the last few months.
Jamie Carragher recently slammed the Toffees defenders claiming they were a “Championship back four” following a 5-0 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur, with the side conceding 19 more goals than they have scored this season which speaks volumes on their defensive play.
Tarkowski, who was hailed “outstanding” by former manager Sean Dyche, has been a force and a leader in Burnley’s defence over his time at the club, and for this reason the out of contract centre-back has become a hot prospect for many clubs looking to strengthen their back-line this summer.
According to Squawka, when you compare the £70k-p/w star’s defensive qualities to Everton’s Michael Keane this season in the Premier League it is clear that the signing would be a huge upgrade, with Tarkowski winning more ground duels and aerial duels, more successful in his tackles and blocks whilst making more clearances than the current Toffees centre back.
Should Everton sign James Tarkowski?
With that being said, signing Tarkowski would really strengthen the team if Frank Lampard could tempt the Burnley star to Goodison Park this summer, but in the meantime the manager will need to ensure that he can secure survival in top flight football before there are any moves made to added players to the squad next season.