Everton Opinion – Why Everton should sign Juan Mata in the summer
Juan Mata became a Manchester United player when he was signed from Chelsea by David Moyes in the January transfer window of 2014. Since then, he hasn’t really been an integral part of the team but has always remained a good squad player.
This is partly due to the constant change in managers. The philosophy keeps switching and the preference of players chosen to play changes as well.
The Spaniard is basically a number 10, who likes to operate in behind the striker. He can
However, we have seen United managers use him on the right wing, which is not his favoured position. Under the current management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mata remains a squad rotation player and furthermore, his contract expires at the end of this season.
As per the report in Express of last month, it looks like the 30-year-old won’t sign a new deal and would leave Old Trafford in the summer.
With him being a free agent, clubs, either of England or Spain, might get interested in offering a deal. Here’s why Everton should take the centre-stage and sign the player in the summer:
Mata will add creative spark to the team
Everton haven’t had a satisfactory first season under Marco Silva. They are a team that looks short on real quality in all the departments, especially in defence and midfield.
The Toffees have shipped in goals for fun this campaign, which isn’t a new thing, when the record of the past few years is taken into consideration. However, the damning fact is that they require more quality in the creative department as well.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is the only player who can operate in between the lines, link the play between midfield and attack, and exploit the right spaces at the right time.
If the Iceland international is not doing well, there is no one to provide that cutting edge when teams defend in a good shape. That is where they need someone like Juan Mata in their team.
The Spaniard can provide that final pass which can open teams up. He can also play with Sigurdsson as an attacking midfield pair, ahead of the defensive midfielder in a three-man midfield formation.
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Since the 30-year-old is expected to be a free agent in the summer, Everton shouldn’t hesitate and make a good wage offer to him. The big advantage for the club is that there is no need to negotiate any transfer fee with Manchester United.