Former Leeds United right-back Danny Mills has told Football Insider that Everton have done “an excellent piece of business” by signing Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, after reports claimed Director of Football Marcel Brands had almost finalised his first piece of business this summer.
Football Insider reported at the end of last week that we were close to signing the 30-year-old following his release by the now Championship outfit, after they opted against renewing his £28,000-a-week contract at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Brands was thought to have acted swiftly to facilitate a deal, and that the £4.5million-rated free agent was ready to accept the contract we had laid before him and undergo a medical to complete his move.
The back-up goalkeeper role was also said to be a top priority for Brands and Marco Silva going into the window, who had opted against calling on Maarten Stekelenburg for all but two of our games under his leadership.
The veteran Dutchman may now be allowed to leave Goodison Park this summer, which would have left Brands searching for someone who can deputise for the undisputed first-choice Jordan Pickford.
If Lossl is that man, then Mills thinks a move “definitely makes sense”.
“That definitely makes sense,” he said. “Getting Lossl on a free would be an excellent bit of business. He is available and experienced in the Premier League, so it’s a good deal.
“Everton need someone to push Jordan Pickford, who is an exceptional goalkeeper, but erratic as well. He needs competition for his place.
“He is a very good shot-stopper and his distribution is good. But he can get a little bit emotional at times, and needs to calm down. Goalkeeping is all about assurance and stability.”
During Huddersfield’s relegation campaign, Lossl featured between the sticks in 31 of the Terrier’s Premier League games – conceding 54 goals and keeping five clean sheets.