Everton opinion: Should the Toffees swap Lucas Digne for Danny Rose?
Marco Silva’s first season as the Everton manager hasn’t gone according to plan. Sure he made a few astute signings last summer, but the club has struggled. The likes of Yerry Mina, Bernard, Richarlison, Andre Gomes and even Kurt Zouma have all done well.
Both Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson finished as the club’s top creators and scorers. Their main issues, however, was all the way in front. Neither Cenk Tosun nor Dominic Calvert Lewin made any impact whatsoever, although the younger striker did net six goals.
But a large portion of those came after January, which is when Calvert-Lewin found a rich vein of form. Yet, that wasn’t enough to help Everton and they would end up finishing three points off Wolverhampton Wanderers. That means no Europa League football next season for the Toffees.
But with a few changes here and there, Marco Silva can achieve so much more. However, to do that, the club has to make sure they keep the core of this team and that includes Lucas Digne. Arguably their best buy from last summer, the 25-year-old has been a revelation.
He’s taken to the Premier League like a fish to water and has turned himself into Leighton Baines’ long-term replacement. While Digne won’t be able to replace a few of Baines’ traits, the Frenchman has the potential and talent to match the Englishman defensively and offensively.
That’s exactly why the Daily Star has reported that Tottenham are now keen on a move for the Everton star. Not only that, the Star further adds that the North Londoners are offering Danny Rose as the club looks to reinforce their side ahead of next season.
For Everton, however, that is not a deal they should even consider. While Rose is talented, the Englishman is 28 years old and hasn’t had the best season this time around. It seems that World Cup fatigue affected him more than anyone, with Rose missing 12 games this season.
That combined with Digne’s performances and how well the Frenchman has adjusted is just another reason why Everton shouldn’t consider the deal. It’s one that will effectively end any hopes they have of finishing in the top half of the table next season, let alone a seventh-place finish.
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The Toffees have bright hopes for their future and their business last summer proved that. Now, they cannot undo that with one absolutely terrible deal. It’s bad business and if the club ever want to get to where they once were, it’s one deal that cannot happen.