Everton are reportedly close to completing the signing of Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, and in my opinion this is a great way to begin the summer recruitment drive.
First, a little context. According to a source from The Toffee Blues on Twitter on Friday morning, Lossl was undergoing a medical ahead of joining Everton on a free transfer this summer, after his contract with the Terriers expired.
French outlet Foot Mercato then doubled down on this information later on Friday, claiming that the Denmark international was set to sign a two-year contract in the coming days, with a medical set for Friday.
This comes after speculation had linked the ‘keeper with a move to France, with both Monaco and Marseille said to be interested. If, as reported, Everton have beaten the French clubs to his signature, I’d be thrilled. Personally, I believe Lossl is a great signing to kick off the summer with.
The 30 year old made 31 Premier League appearances for Huddersfield this season – his second season as Huddersfield’s No.1. And while the club may have been relegated, it would be unfair to directly attribute that to Jonas Lossl, who is a respectable goalkeeper.
Jordan Pickford has experienced a mixed campaign at Everton this year, and what certainly did not help improve his form was the knowledge that he would not be dropped, under any circumstances.
While Maarten Stekelenburg, Everton’s current No.2 in goal, was once a fine goalkeeper and international star, he is far beyond that now and doesn’t offer any genuine competition to the England first-choice shot-stopper.
Everton are in desperate need of a goalkeeper to push Pickford. Someone who can compete and play well if and when called upon, but someone who is also clear about where they will be in the pecking order upon first signing.
Given his age and his ability, Lossl would in my mind be the ideal candidate to replace Stekelenburg as back-up, especially considered Lossl would not cost anything in regards to a transfer fee.
If Everton are indeed close to completing a deal, it will be a shrewd move to begin the summer, before the heavy spending begins.