Everton making a move for Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe runs the risk of being a ‘big mistake’, journalist Pete O’Rourke has said.
The Lowdown: Everton linked with Pepe
According to the Liverpool Echo, recent reports have suggested that the Toffees could rival Premier League trio West Ham, Newcastle and Leicester for the 27-year-old, who joined the Gunners for a club-record £72m fee three years ago.
Pepe made just five starts in the top flight for Arsenal last season, with the last of those all the way back in October. His overall record for the club stands at a modest 27 goals in 112 appearances.
With the arrival of Gabriel Jesus at the Emirates Stadium, we could end up seeing the £140,000-a-week Ivory Coast international fall even further down Mikel Arteta’s pecking order.
The Latest: O’Rourke’s claim
O’Rourke has weighed in on Pepe’s rumoured loan move to Everton.
When questioned about whether the winger runs the risk of being another expensive mistake for the Toffees, the journalist told The Transfer Tavern:
“Well, he’s got the risk of being a big mistake in the transfer window considering probably a lot of Arsenal fans see the move to the Emirates as a mistake because he just hasn’t met the expectations of his big money move from Lille.
“But as I said, I think there is potential there in Pepe if somebody can get the best out of him.”
The Verdict: Could be another mistake
Everton have had their fair share of expensive mistakes in recent times.
In 2019, Alex Iwobi arrived at Goodison Park after the Blues stumped up £35m to sign the winger. However, in 97 games for the Merseyside outfit, he has scored just seven goals and produced a mere seven assists. As a result, his market valuation has dropped all the way down to £16.2m.
Elsewhere, the highly-rated Moise Kean joined Everton from Juventus for £25.1m just three years ago. However, after struggling to establish himself as a starter, the striker’s record sits at just four goals in 39 games for the club. Consequently, he has been sent out on loan twice since his arrival in 2019.
With Pepe having a similarly arid career to these two attackers, Frank Lampard should think twice about signing him, as it could end up being another expensive mistake for Everton, with huge wages needed to secure his signature.
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