We’re now just days away from the January transfer window and Everton may need to do some business to help Rafael Benitez moving forward.
Everton weren’t big spenders over the summer but poor form of late means signings are needed.
Rafael Benitez has plenty to do both in terms of buying and selling players, with pressure on him after Marcel Brands’ exit.
With that in mind, here is our five-point transfer for plan for Everton’s January window…
SORT OUT LUCAS DIGNE FIASCO
One of the surprises in recent weeks has been the exile of left back Lucas Digne.
Benitez seemingly isn’t a huge fan of Digne right now, leaving him out of squads to face Arsenal and Crystal Palace.
Everton have agreed a deal to sign Dynamo Kiev left back Vitaliy Mykolenko in a deal worth €20million (£17million), according to The Athletic.
Spending that kind of money on a left back suggests that Digne’s days are numbered, but this situation needs to have a definitive resolution in January.
FIND MORE ATTACKING THREAT
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence has really exposed Everton’s lack of attacking depth.
Salomon Rondon hasn’t impressed, Richarlison has had hime out too whilst options out wide still need bolstering.
Everton of course have to stay within Financial Fair Play rules, but Benitez needs more dynamic attacking options.
Much will depend on Calvert-Lewin’s situation, but links to Benfica winger Everton may get Toffees fans excited.
IT’S TIME FOR TOSUN TO GO
Speaking of attackers, it’s easy to forget that Cenk Tosun is still an Everton player.
The 30-year-old joined from Besiktas in January 2018 but has become something of a forgotten man at Everton.
Tosun has played just six minutes of Premier League action this season and needs to leave Everton to play regularly elsewhere.
Four years on from his arrival, it’s time for Everton to flog Tosun out of the club in January.
MAKE A DECISION ON YERRY MINA
This is really, really difficult.
At his best, Colombian ace Mina is arguably Everton’s best defender. A towering presence, Mina makes a real difference to Everton when he’s on the pitch.
The problem is that Mina is just too injury-prone. Muscle injuries continue to be a nightmare for Mina, who is out of contract in 2023.
If Everton don’t see a long-term future for Mina, he could be a surprise sale during this transfer window.
Jeunes Footeux claim that Newcastle fancy Mina, so his situation is one to keep an eye on.
FIND ANOTHER RIGHT BACK
Seamus Coleman is still going as Everton’s first-choice right back, but the Irishman is now 33 and clearly needs some help.
Jonjoe Kenny isn’t the man for Everton, and Benitez may be keen to bring in Coleman’s heir in January.
The Guardian claim that Everton will be making a third bid for Rangers talent Nathan Patterson after missing out over the summer.
That’s the kind of signing Everton need at right back, but whether they can get the deal done is another matter.