Would struggling Toffees appeal to Egan?


Everton have been linked with a January swoop for Sheffield United defender John Egan but would he want to join a struggling club?

The Toffees have spent heavily in recent years to try and reach the next level but it has yet to bear any real fruit.

The Merseysiders currently sit 15th in the Premier League standings, with just four wins from their first 12 games, and manager Marco Silva continues to work with scrutiny over his future.

Conversely, the Blades have taken to the Premier League like the proverbial duck to water and are just one spot, albeit eight points, behind fourth-placed Manchester City in the table.

Manager Chris Wilder has been roundly praised for the job he has done both in getting the club to the promised land and the way they have gone about the task of staying there.

Egan has been a massive part of that, featuring in all but 11 minutes of their top-flight games in 2019-2020, helping the South Yorkshire outfit concede just nine league goals to date.

The Republic of Ireland stopper’s displays at the heart of defence have not gone unnoticed and it has been claimed Everton will have scouts in attendance when the men in green face Denmark in a vital Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday evening.

They may not be the only club watching the Cork-born ace but would he really want to leave a happy club given United are doing so well?

It is true that wages will be higher at a club the size of Everton but Egan will not go short at Bramall Lane and it will all be down to his own personal ambitions in the end.

While Wilder’s side are currently outdoing Everton, there is still a long way to go and the roles could easily be reversed after the tough winter period.

It is more likely in the long run that Egan could play European football at Goodison Park despite the Sheffield club’s superb start to the campaign.

Having come up through the divisions via Gillingham and Brentford, the talented central defender may see Everton as a logical next step in his career but all of a red-and-white persuasion in the Steel City will hope that is not the case.

Times are changing at the top end of the Premier League, with United among a few interlopers looking to make waves, and Egan is well and truly in the shop window.