The summer of 2016 brought many changes to the Premier League but when Jose Mourinho took the reigns of Manchester United he wasn’t going to waste time before making the team his own. The Portuguese manager was quick to make his mark at the Red Devils by acquiring the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and forking over a record breaking £89.3mill for Paul Pogba. This, in turn, meant certain players found themselves falling further and further down the pecking order and questioning their future at the club…One being defensive midfielder, Morgan Schneiderlin.
After failing to find himself in United’s plans Morgan has been free to look elsewhere for a future and once again he has found himself under the management of Ronald Koeman – this time in the Blue half of Merseyside.
It’s fair to say that the Toffee’s midfield is looking little frail – whether it be Gareth Barry’s age catching up to him, Besic’s long term injury or Gana Gueye leaving for AFCON duty – it was clear the Blues needed a revamping in the middle of the park. It’s been the major transfer of the window so far and even though, in typical Everton style, it has been dragged out, a £22mill price has been agreed between the two clubs.
So what should Evertonians be expecting from their new man?
- First of all, with an important game coming up on the weekend against Manchester City, the French international will be available to start immediately even if he is lacking a bit of match fitness.
- He is the type of player Everton have been crying out for: a commanding presence in the middle of the park who can pull the strings and manipulate the game. No more aimless passing – everything will be centered around this guy and if he can have as much of an impact as he had for Southampton, then Everton have themselves a bargain.
- Being a more defense-minded player it will allow whoever he is playing alongside (e.g Gana/Davis) to take up a more advanced role and help create opportunities for the likes of Barkley and Lukaku.
Morgan only scored one goal during his time in Manchester and ironically it was at his new home – Goodison Park. At only 27 years old, the player is in his prime and will look to make an impressive start for his new club against his old rivals on Sunday.