Monday, December 11, 2017
Alan Stubbs believes a January transfer raid on Celtic could hold the key to success for Everton in the second half of the season.
The Toffees’ form has picked up significantly in recent weeks following the confirmation of Sam Allardyce as manager, and they moved into the Premier League’s top ten thanks to a point in Sunday’s Merseyside derby.
But Allardyce will expect money to be made available in January, despite the club’s hefty outlay during the summer, and Stubbs feels there are two areas in particular that need strengthening.
And the man who left Celtic for Everton in 2001 reckons two of the Glasgow giants’ current star names, Kieran Tierney and Moussa Demeble, would fit the Goodison Park bill perfectly.
Prising the pair away from Parkhead will not be easy – Tierney signed a six-year contract in October – but Stubbs maintains that is the calibre of player Everton must target.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Stubbs said: “They need a striker, a target man, someone who could the hold ball up there. And for Everton to have only one recognised left-back at the club is unbelievable.
“They really do need to get the recruitment right in January, because it was very poor over the summer considering how much money they spent.
“I think [Kieran] Tierney is potentially the best left-back in Britain. That’s how good he could be.
“And [Moussa] Dembele is certainly in that mould of what Everton are looking for. He’s not the finished article but he’s done very, very well at Celtic.”