Fans and detractors alike of Everton fullback Seamus Coleman will agree on one thing - age is catching up on the Republic of Ireland international. Rather than wait too long to replace him and see a drop-off in the quality of play required at that position, the Blues are better served with finding his long-term replacement much like they have done on the left side of the backline with Lucas Digne.
Coleman just turned thirty last month and still has a lot of good games in him, but has not consistently been at his marauding best after spending the best part of a year out with a horrific double leg break. Jonjoe Kenny meanwhile has shown that he still has some developing to do before he can be a starting fullback for a side that has top six aspirations.
Enter the rumours as reported by the Daily Mail that the Blues are interested in Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan Bissaka. The lanky rightback made his debut in the Eagles’ senior side just last season, but has quickly caught the eye in just a brief period of time with some solid performances and signs of truly great potential.
And when a player’s advanced stats prove that your gut feel and eye test were spot on, you have the makings of a player who might be destined for the highest echelons of the game. Especially when he’s just twenty years old and has a decade of developing ahead of him.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Crystal Palace 2018-19.— StatsBomb (@StatsBomb) October 16, 2018
This kid feels like a lock to be a starting fullback at a CL club as soon as next year. He looks that good. pic.twitter.com/W8uDkJssmc
Now Everton would definitely like to be a Champions League club next season, though it might take another transfer window or two for Marcel Brands’ vision curated by Marco Silva’s tactics for that to happen.
It appears according to the report that Palace will look for a steep sum knowing what they have on their hands, but interestingly a swap deal for Ademola Lookman has also been mooted. That would be really interesting though because the winger has started showing signs of good things to come and it’s unlike the new Everton management to give away a player they think very highly of.
As this piece from The Independent tracing the rise of the youngster will tell you, Wan-Bissaka is a hardworking and determined youth who has done well with coaching and will continue to improve.
Locking down an excellent right back like Wan-Bissaka is the kind of move you make early before too many clubs come knocking though, as his value will only skyrocket from here.