Rumours abound that Everton will look to bring Wilfried Bony and Andros Townsend to Merseyside this summer, which indicates that rented duo Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu will not have their short-term deals renewed by the Toffees.
After giving Arsenal a fright in the race to finish in the top-four, Roberto Martinez is looking to expand his squad for another Champions League assault next season.
Fresh off the back of an exciting campaign, expansively-minded Evertonians may wish to invest a nugget of their hard-earned into the 100/1 that says their heroes will not only finish among the leading four fraternities in 2014/15, but win a maiden Premier League crown.
Such an outcome is, in truth, a lot more unlikely to occur than the monstrous price above indicates, but based on his first season at the helm, Martinez looks as though he could be the man to take them closer than ever and signing the likes of Bony and Townsend, in favour of renewing successful loan deals, is a positive step towards realising the dreamiest of dreams.
Here’s why this less prestigious pair would be more valuable to the Toffees:
Wilfried Bony > Romelu Lukaku
The Ivorian goal machine wouldn’t come cheap, but Swansea can’t demand, nor hold out, for the same overblown fee Chelsea will be asking from Lukaku’s suitors.
Bony outscored his Belgian counterpart despite starting two fewer matches.
He also proved himself to be an equally adept, if not stronger, link-up player too, according to his pass completion rate of 74.1 per cent in the wake of Lukaku’s 66.5.
Andros Townsend > Gerard Deulofeu
The Catalan dribbler is as tricky as they come, but Townsend has proved himself pretty elusive down either flank for Tottenham and England on occasions.
Deulofeu looks set for a brighter future and this knowledge that he’ll shortly be plying his trade at a level much higher than Everton’s is likely to compromise his commitment to the club.
This was possibly reflected in the fact that Martinez afforded the 20-year-old just nine starts last time around.
Townsend’s game would benefit from moving to a team without a squad as big as Spurs’, where one bad game played would not be punishable by a three-week stint on the subs bench and Everton would be the perfect platform for him to flourish.