Everton Football Club today announced via Twitter that Phil Jagielka would be leaving Goodison Park this summer. 

The experienced defender spent 12 seasons on Merseyside and will now seek pastures new as his contract reaches its conclusion. 

Jagielka is a well-liked figure among Everton fans, and his presence is sure to be missed as the Toffees look to the future under manager Marco Silva. 

The summer transfer window will be crucial. Players must be shifted out of the first-team squad, and rather more importantly, quality additions will be required if the Toffees are to breach the top seven again.

Jagielka’s departure, combined with the expiration of Kurt Zouma’s loan deal at Goodison Park, means that new central defenders will be needed ahead of next season.

Take a look at some young centre-backs who should be targeted by Everton this summer.