Date: 24th June 2019 at 8:30pm
Written by: Dwayne Gavan

Everton have been linked with a move for Kieran Tierney this summer, but the 22-year-old is one player Marco Silva doesn’t really need given he has Lucas Digne at left-back and Leighton Baines as back-up.

The Toffees would have stiff competition from Arsenal for his signature too, with the Gunners offering £20m and £4m-a-year in wages to sign Tierney, so why would Everton being linked with him?

Digne joined from Barcelona in August 2018 and made 35 Premier League appearances in his debut season for Everton, scoring (4) and creating (4) eight goals.

The 25-year-old created 71 chances, made 14 successful dribbles (47%), whipped in 280 crosses with 30% accuracy, won 90 aerial duels (67%) and blocked 65 shots/crosses/passes.

He averaged 42 passes-per-game with 76% accuracy, made 94 clearances and averaged a tackle (71) or interception (60) every 23 minutes. After such an impressive debut campaign, Everton wouldn’t want to sell him if they didn’t have to.

If Tierney was to come to Goodison Park, Silva would have to ship Digne as the pair would be directly competing for a starting place. Arsenal have a fervent need to sign a left-back, but Everton have the position sewn up for 2019/20.

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