Everton, given the immense financial pressure they are currently under, can hardly be the most adventurous in the transfer market.
No longer can they afford to make lucrative blunders, especially with the knowledge that the Premier League already seeks to enforce a landmark punishment for their transgressions thus far.
That being said, the intelligent dealings of Kevin Thelwell did afford some wiggle room in the summer, and he will certainly be hoping to replicate such a feat this January in key positions.
It seems that the former Wolverhampton Wanderers Sporting Director has already begun planning for the upcoming transfer window, with TEAMtalk reporting one name they could seek to secure.
They note that the Toffees are among three other Premier League clubs seeking to snag Samuel Iling-Junior from Juventus, with all sides ‘primed to make an offer’ for the 20-year-old trickster.
Given they held an interest in the summer, and were quoted at a €25m (£22m) fee, there is hope that with some negotiation Everton could be able to secure a cut-price deal for his services.
Especially given they hold a big advantage over their competitors, able to offer him the game time he reportedly craves.
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How good is Samuel Iling-Junior?
Having started his youth career with Chelsea before trading Cobham for Turin, the left winger has since made 22 senior appearances for the Old Lady, impressing with the injection of youthful energy he has provided.
During one of the darker times in Juventus’ illustrious history, the England U21 international has been one of the few bright sparks, with his trickery and versatility proving important for both fans and the coaching staff.
Were Sean Dyche to tempt him to return to England, he would be keen to shape the malleable youngster in his image, nurturing him into a hard-working dynamo ready to usurp one of Dwight McNeil or Jack Harrison, or even converting him permanently into a full-back.
With just one goal and three assists for the first team, it might make for a strange decision to pluck Iling-Junior from their ranks for such a fee. However, it is worth noting that, in his final full year before joining Tottenham Hotspur, Dejan Kulusevski would only record seven goal contributions in Serie A.
He then went on to score five and assist eight in just six months of Premier League football.
In fact, when compared to other full-backs across Europe, the £10k-per-week ace sits in the top 5% for non-penalty goals per 90, the top 13% for successful take-ons per 90, and the top 10% for tackles per 90, via FBref.
The attributes are in place for Dyche to work with, and this would be a move that made sense should Thelwell be able to cut the price down.