Why Everton should reignite their interest in Marcos Rojo in January
The Argentine international was all set to complete a move away from Old Trafford to the Toffees on deadline day but United pulled the plug on the deal at the eleventh hour, leaving Rojo to cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines until at least January. (h/t Manchester Evening News)
Rojo, who made his move to Man United from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2014 following his impressive performances for Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, was an important squad player in his first three seasons at the club but new arrivals have pushed him down the pecking order drastically over the past couple of campaigns.
The 29-year-old made only 5 appearances for the Red Devils in the Premier League last season, with neither Jose Mourinho nor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opting to show a lot of confidence in his abilities.
Rojo, though, has been the architect of his own downfall at United for a number of reasons, with his poor injury record, coupled with his impetuous nature as a defender, not doing a world of good to his reputation.
And the arrival of Harry Maguire at the club this summer has made it even tougher for him to get a look in from the manager.
Even after the departure of Chris Smalling on loan to Roma, the Argentinian finds himself with a near-insurmountable task of competing with Lindelof, Jones, Bailly, Maguire and Tuanzebe for one of the two roles at the heart of the defence.
Unsurprisingly, he is yet to make a single appearance for the Red Devils thus far this season and, as per the report, Rojo will be pushing even harder for an exit in January if he continues to struggle for regular minutes on the pitch.
Well, it is clear to even a layman that Rojo doesn’t have a future at Man United and the club’s reluctance to let him depart this summer should definitely have drawn a few quizzical glances from the fans.
It remains to be seen whether United alter their stance in January but Rojo is likely to have plenty of suitors once again when the window reopens in winter.
To put things into perspective, it should be an absolute no-brainer for Everton to reignite their interest in Marcos Rojo, given that the Toffees have looked somewhat vulnerable at the back in the opening stages of the ongoing campaign.
Rojo might not be up there with the best defenders in the world, both in terms of consistency and discipline, but the 59-cap Argentine international certainly looks capable of boosting Marco Silva’s defensive ranks with his experience and versatility.
Blessed with decent technical attributes and a nice turn of pace, Rojo is also capable of slotting in at left-back, as he has often so often done for Argentina at the international level.
Hence, the Toffees can afford to look at Rojo as someone who could possibly provide cover for the likes of Michael Keane and Yerry Mina, as well as fill in at left-back, in case of an injury to Lucas Digne.
Everton, of course, have Leighton Baines in their squad but he is already 34 and very much at the twilight of his career, so bringing in Rojo would be a long-term fix.
Meanwhile, Mason Holgate is another versatile young prospect in the ranks at Goodison Park but the Argentine boasts of a lot more top-level exposure in his CV.
Everton are short of quality cover at the back after the departure of Phil Jagielka and Kurt Zouma earlier in the summer and Rojo, though not an overly reliable option, could be a useful addition to the squad at an affordable price in January.
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With that in mind, the Toffees should reignite their interest in the South American ace during the mid-season trading period.