With the January transfer window now just a couple of weeks from opening, reports are linking Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt with a move to Sam Allardyce’s newly resurgent Everton.
Whilst the Dutchman has been with the Eagles less than a year, it was Big Sam who brought him to SE25 in the first place, in a bid to shore up the left-hand side of defence following the long-term injury sustained by Pape Souare in the opening stages of the 2016/17 campaign.
Now, with the former Sunderland and Palace gaffer having taken up residence in the Goodison Park dugout, it sounds as though he’s keen for another reunion with one of his trusted lieutenants. Having been forced to use PVA’s fellow Dutchman Cuco Martina in place of the injured Leighton Baines in his opening few games, it comes as no surprise to me that he’s keen to add reinforcements and depending on the fee the Toffees are willing to stump up, it’s not necessarily a deal I’d be against.
With Patrick having lost his place in the side to Jeffrey Schlupp under Hodgson, the prospect of recouping the £10 million we’re reported to have spent on him last January isn’t exactly filling with me rage. No doubt a threat going forward, the ex Black Cat has always struggled to convince supporters defensively, with his display in our League Cup hammering by Bristol City raising far more questions than answers in the minds of those who were forced to watch.
Whilst no one can be truly sure about Pape Souare’s long-term hopes of reestablishing himself as a regular starter in red and blue after such a freak accident, the prospect of completing the season with two fit left-backs and an extra £10 million in the transfer kitty isn’t too shabby.
At this stage, the rumour remains nothing more than that but given Allardyce’s obvious affection for Pat, I highly doubt that this is the last we’ll hear of this.