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TT Introduces: Everton’s mistake of not pursuing James Maddison

TT Introduces: Everton’s mistake of not pursuing James Maddison

During the summer, Everton made some extremely promising signings with Richarlison being the standout acquisition.

The Brazilian joined from Watford for big money and made an instant impact after scoring goals in his first couple of games as an Everton player against Wolves and Southampton.

As well as Richarlison, Everton also brought in his compatriot Bernard on a free transfer to strengthen manager Marco Silva’s options in attack. And while the 26-year-old is blessed with a heap of technical ability, the Toffees may regret not looking a little closer to home earlier in the transfer window during their search for offensive reinforcements.

With the positions behind the forward an area Silva had been desperate to improve, Leicester City’s James Maddison feels like he would have been the perfect addition for the Portuguese coach.

£19.8m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Maddison joined Leicester from Norwich City back in June and has been a revelation in the Premier League ever since.

The 21-year-old already has three goals and two assists to his name from seven games and, overall, has been a massive attacking threat in the Foxes’ attack.

In the No.10 position Everton, of course, already have Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was brought in for an enormous fee last summer and has started this season fairly well.

After being misused by both Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce during the last campaign, Silva has moved Sigurdsson to his preferred spot in the team just behind the striker and is starting to reap the rewards for doing so.

Sigurdsson was on the scoresheet twice last weekend when Everton beat Fulham 3-0 at Goodison Park and, if the Icelandic playmaker can recapture the form he displayed at Swansea City, he will feel like a new signing for Everton.

That being said, the addition of Bernard shows that regardless of Sigurdsson, Silva still wanted another No.10 type player and right now, Maddison looks as if he was one of the best on the market.

The way he picks up dangerous pockets of space before slipping in a team-mate with a precise through ball is beautiful to watch and, while Bernard is also a player capable of causing havoc in similar areas, he simply does not have the same goal-scoring potential as the former Norwich man.

Overall, Everton will be pleased with the work they did during the recent transfer window. But given the club’s recruitment drive largely focused on improving the team’s attack, not entering the race for Maddison will feel like an opportunity missed.

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