Joleon Lescott was criticised heavily following his initial move to Manchester City from Everton. He signed for City and became one of their strongest defenders as he helped them secure a dramatic first Premier League title. Now he finds himself out of the side and a move back to Everton could be a terrific idea for the England centre back.
Lescott has been injured for a chunk of this season and he probably expected to go straight back into the City side following his form last year. However, he has started only seven games for the club this season being routinely replaced and over looked for the more uncertain Matija Nastasic.
A move back to Everton would virtually guarantee Lescott a starting place in the side. He would fit in superbly alongside Phil Jagielka and would help the club in their quest for a Champions League place by the end of the season. He would undoubtedly make Everton a harder team to score against.
Playing at Everton could also improve his chances of playing more regularly in an England shirt. Lescott has been a key feature in the international side and it’s no coincidence that his starting places for England have slipped along with his starting places for City.
There doesn’t seem to be any hostility towards Lescott over the way he left the club, certainly not from the manager. This would make any transition back into the Everton first team effortless and would give him the best chance of winning back the fans who may be more willing to voice their opinions over old matters and issues.
“I’ve not thought about it but if he was available then I think he’d be someone I would maybe show an interest in. If Joleon wanted to come back, if I thought we needed him, I’d be delighted to have him back, I’d have no problem having Joleon back,” Everton boss David Moyes said in the Liverpool Echo.
Lescott has spoken openly about how he expected to be in the recent City teams for matches against Chelsea and Wigan Athletic. He will also be very frustrated because the fragility of the City defence has been exposed this season, especially in the Champions League which is where Lescott could create a much higher profile for himself.
If he doesn’t get the nod in the next few games then he is going to start questioning his position at City and if he’d be better off elsewhere. Everton are no certainties to sign him if he does become available but Moyes has left the door open to a return and it’s a move which could very well come off in January.
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