Everton started the season on a disastrous note. They are sitting near the bottom of the Premier League standings and are already out of the UEFA Europa League, which means we might see some drastic changes on the squad in the coming months.
And one position Everton will need to strengthen in the near future is probably the left-back role. Leighton Baines is keen to play elsewhere, but The Toffees have already identified his potential long-term replacement.
According to a report from The Sun, Everton are keeping tabs on Preston teenager Joshua Earl after identifying the Championship left-back as a potential long-term successor for Baines.
Everton’s director of football Steve Walsh has already begun scouring the market, and there is no question Earl has stood out as one of the biggest prospects in the Championship this season playing for Preston. In fact, Welsh travelled to see Earl in person last week against Brentford, and the reports apparently were positive.
Unfortunately for both Everton and the defender, Earl will be forced to spend a considerable amount of time in the sidelines. The 19-year-old suffered knee ligament damage in their midweek defeat at home to Aston Villa, and it remains to be seen how long he will be sidelined.
The injury might increase Everton’s desire to acquire him, as he might be had on a cheaper fee before he becomes increasingly more expensive.