The Everton fans have been feeling relatively downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week since their side were comfortably defeated by a clinical Manchester City side at Goodison Park.
With Everton’s survival all but secured and Manchester City agonisingly close to clinching the Premier League title, the weekend fixture between the two sides represented something of a dead rubber, but the travelling side hardly treated it that way. Pep Guardiola’s side were professional and deadly in their approach, and they ensured that they will go into the Manchester derby knowing that a victory over their local-rivals will clinch the title.
Whilst Everton had chances and scored a fine goal through Yannick Bolasie, they were almost completely anonymous across the park all afternoon, especially upfront where Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin barely had a sniff of Ederson’s goal. Tosun – Allardyce’s January recruit – had been in fine form prior to the fixture with 4 goals in his last 3 outings.
The Turkish international’s recent form suggests he could eventually justify his price tag, but all good strikers need players around them to create chances for them in the penalty area, so The Toffees should consider bringing further attacking talent to the club next season to improve their potency in the final-third. With that being said, it should be considered positive news for both the Everton supporters and for Tosun that the club are interested in FC Porto’s Moussa Marega this summer according to The Daily Mirror.
The report claims that Everton are set to bid £35 million for his services in the summer, and on the basis of the fact he has bagged 21 goals and provided 7 assists in all-competitions this season, there’s no doubt that he would be a valuable addition to the squad. Marega (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt) predominantly plays in a role just behind the striker, and his ability to drag defenders out of position whilst playing as a number ten should create space for Tosun and enable him to enjoy plenty of opportunities in-front of goal next season.
At just 19-years-old, Calvert-Lewin has performed an admirable role for Everton this season, and he is only likely to improve in the seasons to come, but the club cannot place too much importance on his shoulders if they want to improve on their average campaign next time out. The Toffees need to sign a player who can compliment Tosun and create a formidable partnership with him next season, and Marega looks an excellent prospect to undertake that task.
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