Everton Transfers: 5 Players Who Would Fit David Moyes' System Perfectly
For the first time in several transfer windows, David Moyes was able to revive his squad in 2012, bringing in Nikica Jelavic, Darron Gibson, Steven Pienaar, Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas.
With these new additions, Moyes still uses his familiar 4-4-1-1 system, sometimes shifting to 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2, but with better players now at his disposal he has also been able to advance his side's approach.
Not only emphasising possession and passing more, Everton have also been far more willing to be the aggressor this season, looking to attack rather than simply work out how to suppress an opponent, due to limited resources.
This progress is reflected by Opta Stats from EPL Index that show Everton to have had more shots than every side they have faced this season. They have also had more possession in seven out of nine matches and created more chances in all but one.
In Everton's current line-up, many feel a combative midfielder and a more gifted passer would better suit the Toffees, instead of Leon Osman and Phil Neville, who have been used together in central midfield.
This may be so, however once Darron Gibson returns from injury, alongside Osman, the Toffees have a far better core, and with the option of Fellaini dropping back in the middle as well, it makes more sense for Moyes to look elsewhere.
Wider players have been the key this season, as those in the middle look to simply spread the play and give those on the flanks an opportunity for a two-on-one. With this the foundation of the Toffees' play so far, this may well be where Moyes looks for further expansion.
This is a transfer many Evertonians are currently craving, due to Holtby openly admitting he supports the club. The half-English, German international has been quoted several times stating his admiration for the Toffees and his desire to one day move to the Premier League.
Aside from the romantics, his style would also fit perfectly into Everton's game. Predominately left-footed, Holtby is capable on the left flank, but has recently been used more often in a central attacking berth.
Everton's success this season has been in part down to the three players occupying the advanced central and wider roles. Pienaar, Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini have been preferred here, but when one of these is missing, the Toffees have looked drastically depleted.
Adding a player such as Holtby would not only allow strength in depth, but also provide Moyes with the option of using him behind the front man, allowing Fellaini to drop back into midfield.
The German's contract expires in the summer and if no new deal is signed by January, expect Everton to be one of a number of clubs inquiring after his potential availability.
Ince is one of the brightest English prospects playing outside of the Premier League. With six goals this season, he is Blackpool's top scorer, despite having played the majority of the season on the left.
Magaye Gueye is currently viewed as Everton's leading left-sided talent, but the youngster has barely shown much progression in his third season at the club.
Coming on at half-time against Liverpool yesterday, the Senegalese winger was barely involved, only contributing 13 passes in 45 minutes of football.
Many Evertonians are beginning to feel Gueye has had his time to impress those at the club, and if they still feel reluctant to involve him more often, he may soon need to be moved on. Ince's potential is far more obvious.
Having began the season in such rampant form—with all six of his goals coming in his first six games, along with five assists—his highlight reel has cooled slightly. Despite this, he will undoubtedly be another to attract substantial attention in January.
Right-back is a position in transition at the moment for Everton. Veterans Tony Hibbert and Phil Neville have long been Moyes' picks, but this season the attacking qualities of Seamus Coleman have come into the mix.
Although Coleman has looked strong going forward, he has been at fault several times at the back, guilty for goals conceded against Wigan and Liverpool. Moyes may well look to bolster his options here.
As well as Everton have been doing recently, they have one of the oldest starting line-ups in the Premier League and it's important to infuse some youth into such an established group of players.
Stones would do just that, as well as adding a new option for Moyes at right-back.
Another youngster to appear this season has been Leeds' Sam Byram. Able to feature at right-back or right midfield, the youngster possesses the versatility David Moyes is renowned to admire.
With recently acquired Bryan Oviedo able to perform in both left-sided roles, obtaining a similarly rounded player on the opposite flank would allow Moyes to back up both positions, reduce his wage-budget, lower his squad's average age and add a young player poised to develop.
Byram would also be another new option at right-back, adding more possibilities to the wide game, the area Everton have particularly been looking to evolve.
The Toffees have not always had the smoothest of relationships with Leeds after their unceremonious capture of Luke Garbutt and pursuit of eventual free-agent Jermaine Beckford, but if the money can be found, hopefully a deal could still be reached.
Finally, another player that would add versatility and quality at Everton is Adam Lallana.
Similar position-wise to Holtby, the Southampton skipper is suited to a left-sided role or playing in an area just behind the front man in an attacking capacity.
Having been promoted with the Saints, his crafty work has been behind most of his side's attacking moves this season and his form has already earned him a call-up to the senior England squad.
Again, versatility comes into the equation, but with his clever touches and ability to thread a through ball, he would add another dimension to the Toffees' attack, especially situated behind the front man.
Aside from attributes that would clearly benefit most sides in the Premier League, Lallana is another player Evertonians would be particularly keen to pursue, due to his childhood allegiance to the club.
As with every potential recruit, money will always be a stumbling block for the Toffees in their current situation, but should Moyes be able to move on some surplus requirements, he may be able to scrape together some means.
Having been foiled in a last-minute move for Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe in August, there also may be a few resources remaining from the summer budget.
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