Everton are planning a shock summer swoop for Conor Coady and will hope that Kevin Thelwell can help lure the Premier League stalwart away from Wolverhampton Wanderers, as reported by TEAMtalk.
If Bruno Lage’s backline is built out of steel, then Everton’s is crumbling away like pumice.
The Toffees have conceded a staggering 49 goals this season. That is 22 more than a Wolves side who cannot yet be ruled out of the Champions League chase, on the back of three wins in their last four games.
As far as Everton goes, Champions League football is a distant pipe dream these days. All that matters right now, at Goodison Park, is avoiding the Championship.
The last time Everton were relegated was all the way back in 1951. Just six years after the Second World War. But Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham United means second-tier football – for the first time in generations – is starting to feel dangerously close, the foul breath of the relegation maw hanging in the Merseyside air.
So why would Coady choose to leave a well-run, upwardly-mobile Wolves side for a club haemorrhaging cash and facing more problems than Jay Z on a bad day?
The similarities between Everton’s current situation and the one facing Sunderland a couple of years ago – before the Black Cats suffered successive relegations – are difficult to ignore.
Can Everton really sign Wolves’ Conor Coady?
TEAMtalk add that the presence of Thelwell in the Everton boardroom gives the Toffees some hope of striking a deal for Wolves’ England international center-back.
Thelwell, the club’s new director of football, was working as Wolves’ chief when Coady arrived from Huddersfield Town for a bargain £2 million seven years ago after all.
“We are delighted to have secured him,” Thelwell told the Birmingham Mail at the time. “He is a player we have known about for a long time, since maybe he was 14 years old.
“He had a fantastic season at Huddersfield last time out and did really well for them. Having looked at him for some time, we feel he is a really good fit. Not only for the team but also in terms of his attitude, his personality and mentality.
“I am sure he is going to bring a lot to us.”
But while it’s easy to see why an Everton side crying out for leadership and a dash of defensive resilience would want Coady, it’s not quite to easy to see why Coady would want Everton.
Did we mention that Coady – a former Liverpool youth skipper – remains a diehard fan of Everton’s bitter rivals? Wolves supporters can probably sleep easy tonight.
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