Noel Whelan believes that Harry Souttar would be a good signing for Everton, as he backed the centre-back to replace Yerry Mina.
The Australian international has been outstanding for the Potters since establishing himself as a regular, with his form unsurprisingly catching the eye of Premier League clubs, with Everton and Tottenham thought to be admirers.
And, speaking to Football Insider, Whelan explained how Souttar could fit the profile for the type of player that the Toffees are looking to bring in moving forward, as he also questioned whether Mina is up to it.
“I don’t think he’s (Mina) been a bad signing, I just don’t think it’s been an exceptional signing. He’s kind of in the middle there for me.
“I think they’re looking to get more of a core of British-based back line. A different kind of style of player, a different kind of character of player as well.”
Of course, Stoke will not be open to selling the 22-year-old, who has committed his long-term future to the Staffordshire outfit.
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Anyone who has seen Souttar player over the past year or so will recognise that he is a top talent. His physicality means he can dominate strikers, whilst he also has composure in possession.
So, there’s no doubt in my mind that he will go on to be a Premier League player, and the fact that Whelan is suggesting he would be a good replacement for an international player in Mina says it all.
For Stoke though, there’s no need to panic just yet, but it could be a nervy summer ahead of next season if they fail to win promotion.
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