Everton are interested in signing Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Conor Coady…
The Lowdown: Ever Present For Wolves
The Wolves captain has been a constant fixture at the West Midlands, featuring in all their league games this campaign, contributing to his side having the fifth meanest defence in the Premier League, only conceding 43 goals.
In fact, in the 4 seasons that The Wanderers have been in the Premier League, the 29-year-old has unbelievably only missed one league match.
The Latest: Everton Want a Defender
According to the Daily Mail, the Toffees are looking for a ‘quick and dominant’ centre-back but their options are restricted by the Merseyside club’s limited transfer budget.
Coady is someone one the club’s list, alongside Burnley’s James Tarkowski, and Chelsea teenager Levi Colwill, who is currently on loan at Huddersfield Town.
The Verdict: Worse Than Tarkowski?
Frank Lampard’s side certainly need some defensive reinforcement, having conceded the fifth-highest amount of goals in the league. They also need to work on their discipline, having had the most red cards.
This is something that the Liverpool Academy graduate can improve thanks to the effect he has on his teammates. Wolves Journalist Tim Spiers has previously praised the England international’s “authoritative” nature.
“He looks like he has grown in stature, he’s never been short of confidence, never been short of leadership ability or maturity, but something’s different about him.
“He looks even more authoritative in a football sense.”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool teammate Adam Morgan once described him as a “mentality monster,” only further explaining his leadership credentials.
However, the Toffees may be better served looking elsewhere, like at another one of their targets, James Tarkowski. The former-Brentford defender leads the league in clearances and is second in aerials won and blocks, as per FBRef.
More importantly, considering Everton’s financial constraints, he will be a free agent.
While Coady’s £62k-per-week salary is less than Tarkowski’s salary, the 6 foot 1 centre back’s contract expires in 2025, which means Wolves are in a strong position and could demand much more than his £22.5m market value to let their captain go.
Coady then may just be too expensive to see him at Goodison Park next season.