The overarching feeling after Ronald Koeman’s first season in charge of Everton is one of positivity, although the Toffees boss has a tough summer ahead.
The Goodison Park chief has been vocal in his desire to compile a squad capable of fighting toe-to-toe with the Premier League’s best – and as such some canny recruitment is needed before next term.
Koeman has stated that he wants to bolster his midfield and attack, with an over-reliance on Romelu Lukaku for goals currently.
As such, ruining Glasgow Celtic’s transfer plans this summer may well be a key move in helping Everton add pace, penetration, creativity and a real threat in the final third.
The Parkhead side have wiped the floor with all-comers domestically this season, with loan star Patrick Roberts playing a key role in the Scottish side’s success.
The Manchester City loanee has been in sparkling form for Celtic, scoring seven goals and providing eight assists for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The Bhoys boss has been vocal in his desire to keep Roberts at Parkhead, but the player has stated that he wants to play in the Premier League with his parent club.
In reality, a move to Everton, most likely on a loan deal, would suit the 20-year-old attacker best.
With all respect to Scottish football, Roberts wants to play in the English Premier League to test himself and develop to reach his outstanding potential.
The chances of regular action at City are limited given the presence of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, but a move to Everton would surely see him get much more time on the pitch.
With Ross Barkley’s future up in the air, Kevin Mirallas inconsistent, Gerard Deulofeu on his way out of the club and Yannick Bolasie returning from serious injury, Roberts would stand an excellent chance of playing at Goodison Park.
With Koeman’s record of helping young players to progress, although it would be a dagger in the heart of the Celtic supporters, a move to Everton would be ideal for Roberts.