Everton have reportedly ‘bid hard’ to try and sign Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma.
The Lowdown: Out of favour
The Dutchman has seemingly fallen out of favour at the Yellow Submarine, having started just 10 times across all competitions so far this season and only played the full 90 minutes twice (Transfermarkt).
This is despite scoring 16 goals and supplying a further four assists in 34 appearances last term (Transfermarkt) under Unai Emery, who is now in charge of Aston Villa.
It seems as if new Villarreal manager Quique Setien does not fancy the 25-year-old, so there is a possibility that he could move in January.
The Latest: Everton ‘bid hard’ for Danjuma
The Merseyside club ‘intends’ to sign him on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season, a deal which would ‘satisfy all parties’, as Villarreal would be able to reduce their wage bill.
The Verdict: Worth a punt
Even though Danjuma has fallen out of favour at his current club, there is no doubt that he is still a talented player.
Hailed as an ‘exceptional talent‘ by pundit Clinton Morrison, and a ‘nightmare for defenders‘ on his day by former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips, Danjuma’s numbers last season speak for themselves. Also, during his time in English football with Bournemouth, the winger managed an impressive 15 goals and seven assists in the 2020/21 Championship season.
Of course, the Premier League is a step up from that level, but the 25-year-old has also shown that he can perform in a top league in La Liga. Plus, Everton are desperate for a cutting edge in front of goal, being the third-lowest scorers in the top flight, so Danjuma is very much worth a punt for Frank Lampard and co.
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