Everton manager Rafa Benitez wants to sign a right-back in January
Everton manager Rafa Benitez says he will aim to sign a new right-back in the January transfer window.
Toffees captain Seamus Coleman is currently a guaranteed starter in that position, but behind him Benitez has very few options.
When the Irishman was injured earlier in the campaign, centre-back Ben Godfrey was deployed out of position, while academy graduate Jonjoe Kenny has played just 10 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Speaking about possible January business, Benitez admitted it is an area he is keen to strengthen.
“When people were talking about different positions they were talking about wide wingers and right back,” he said [Liverpool Echo].
“At the moment we have a couple of wingers and we have players in the right-back position. Seamus is a great player playing a lot of games this year.
“Normally he has had some issues which is why we looked at options. Jonjoe Kenny is training really well and is an amazing professional. So we know where we are and are looking for the present and future. If we can find solutions we will try.”
Everton’s ability to act in the transfer market next month could be restricted by Financial Fair Play regulations, but signing a new right-back should definitely be one of the club’s priorities.
Coleman is a fantastic player to have, least of all because of the brilliant character he is around the squad, but the Toffees do need more cover for him and ultimately someone to be his long-term successor.
Godfrey has been somewhat of a utility man this season, playing in the centre of defence and in both full-back positions, but he is not a specialist.
Benitez has praised Kenny, but it is clear that he does not have much faith in the 24-year-old as he kept him on the bench throughout the campaign. Mason Holgate doesn’t seem to be the answer either.
Norwich City’s Max Aarons has been linked with a move to Goodison Park [Calciomercato] and although he would not be cheap, he would be exactly the sort of player Everton should look to sign.
In other Everton news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the outcome of Sunday’s game against Crystal Palace.