In recent days, Everton have been linked with two English right-backs – Kieran Trippier and Max Aarons.
The Daily Mail reported that Carlo Ancelotti has been offered the chance to sign Trippier but retains an interest in Aarons too.
The pair are at different stages of their careers.
Trippier is 30 now, just two years younger than Seamus Coleman, the man he’d be looking to replace.
Aarons is 21, and a former Norwich teammate of Ben Godfrey, who joined Everton last summer.
During an exclusive interview with Everton.News, we asked Nigel Martyn what he made of the reports and he said he’d rather a younger right-back was signed to replace Coleman long-term.
“I can understand going for a first choice regular right-back if Ancelotti doesn’t think Holgate or Godfrey can play that role consistently,” said Martyn.
“Coleman has been so great for Everton and still is. He can still produce it but he’s not as dynamic up and down the flank as he once was.
“Is he going to give you 38 games a season? Probably not. There might be injuries starting to creep in, the club do look for these things.
“Then are you happy with Godfrey or Holgate out there? They both look more comfortable at centre-back.
“I’d rather they went for someone younger. With Trippier, they might get the finished article out of him but then in two years time you’ve got the same problem.
“If they are going for someone, I’d like to see a long-term solution – not a quick fix.”
Signing Trippier wouldn’t really make sense for Everton. It would be short-sighted and the report says that they have been offered the chance to buy Trippier – not that they want to.
Aarons would be a great long-term investment, but the Toffees seem reluctant to pay the £30 million asking price, according to the report.
They would be sorting their right-back position for the next ten years by signing Aarons, so perhaps they’d look to use the relationship with Norwich which helped them sign Godfrey to sign another hugely talented English defender.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive