Why Everton Must Keep Their Marvellous Quartet
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on February 22, 2016
It’s fair to say Everton’s season has been nothing short of inadequate. They have shown glimpses of their true potential but have struggled to kick on and gather some tempo. Everton sit 11th, 12 points off top four and appear content with the aim of securing a Europa League place. With Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku, John Stones and Gerard Deulofeu all catching the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, how much longer can Everton hold onto their magic quartet and what would happen to the club if they were to sell one of their prized assets?
Stones has been touted as a potential signing for Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and even FC Barcelona, Lukaku is rumoured to be on his way to the ‘Parc des Princes’, Barkley is attracting interest from Man City and Barcelona are reportedly considering activating Deulofeu’s buy-back clause. The likelihood is some of these players will be looking for ‘the next step’ in their careers.
Lukaku is quite clearly the ‘The Toffees’ main talisman for goals and has really excelled this season scoring 16 league goals. The Deulofeu-Lukaku attacking partnership is a force to be reckoned with. The duo have a combined 31 Premier League goals and assists. It’s become a regularity to witness a Deulofeu cross into Lukaku, to finish it into the net. Ross Barkley is the man who pulls the strings in midfield. Barkley has 8 Premier League goals to his name with a further 7 assists, his ability is second to none. He is Everton’s main orchestrator in attack and thrives on being given that extra freedom from Roberto Martínez. John Stones has recently experienced a bad run of games but still looks extremely promising and is almost certainly going to be included in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad to France, Barkley also.
Each player owes a lot of respect to Roberto Martínez and should be extremely gracious towards the club. Everton payed around £28million for Romelu Lukaku’s services and has put his whole undivided faith in him. Deulofeu was also signed by the Spaniard and has played an important role in the clubs plans, whilst Barkley & Stones’ were both ‘local lads’ who were simply given a fantastic opportunity and have certainly repaid the faith give to them. The least that the youngsters could do is stay at Everton for a few years and continue to help the club with their ‘rebuild project’ started by Martínez. A time will eventually come where they will want to play at a higher level, for one of Europe’s top teams. Whether that is during the summer or in several years time is the big question but Everton will most definitely not want to let go of their ‘hot properties’.