Pundit reveals urgent Benitez transfer fix as Everton weak link is named

Rafa Benitez, new Everton boss during his Newcastle days

Former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson has stated Everton must improve at the heart of their defence following a dire display by one player in their Carabao Cup defeat on Tuesday night.

The Toffees suffered defeat to Championship side Queens Park Rangers in the week, and this has highlighted a major defensive problem according to Robinson.

The game saw centre-half Mason Holgate give the ball away 17 times in total, and Robinson seemingly has no faith in the 24-year-old’s abilities.

“Mason Holgate has been indifferent since the season before last,” he told Football Insider.

As such, the pundit reckons the Merseysiders requires a change in the position if they’e to challenge for Europe.

“For Everton to reach the level they aspire to be at they need a right-back and a centre-half. I was surprised they didn’t strengthen in those two positions in the window to be honest,” he said.

“They did not invest heavily in the window and I think they will regret not signing a centre-half. It might be something they address in January.”

While there are four recognised centre-backs with Premier League experience in the current Everton squad, it seems a natural partnership is something that eludes them.

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Constantantly altering their defensive pairing may also be something that hinders Everton too. Indeed, Ben Godfrey was afforded a chance playing alongside Holgate against QPR.

However, in the weekend’s Premier League game against Aston Villa, the former played right-back, with Michael Keane and Yerry Mina at the heart of the defence.

Time for change in January?

Jonjoe Kenny Mason Holgate

Everton boss Rafa Benitez is said to be keen to bring in a centre-back, to shore up his defence in the January transfer window.

AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli is said to be his favoured target. Indeed, the Italy international recently refused to sign a new contract in Milan. And that may prove the factor that sees a move away pushed over the line.

However, there remains strong competition. Serie A giants Juventus are also said to be keen to bring the defender on board. Bitter rivals Inter Milan are also said to be looking at a free transfer.

However, the Toffees are apparently “planning to present an offer to the Rossoneri as early as January”.  To that end, they have an advantage, given the Serie A pair must wait until the summer to begin negotiations.

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