If you ask every Everton fan for a position they need to strengthen in during summer, they’ll say up front, right? They simply haven’t replaced Romelu Lukaku yet, but Edin Dzeko could be just the man to push Everton into the European spots.
Calciomercato have linked the Bosnian Diamond, as he’s affectionately known, with the Toffees earlier this month, and he’ll be remembered fondly for his time at Man City from 2011-15. He had spells in and out of the team during his time, but there’s one thing that was certain, his finishing ability was up there with the best.
Indeed, he’s continued that at Roma since arriving there from Manchester, and there’s a very high chance he’d do the same at Goodison too.
He’s scored 35 goals in 85 appearances for Roma and was a major factor in them reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League last season. He’s got height on his side but far better technical ability than many tall forwards such as Lukaku have.
In fact, these are exactly the kind of attributes that make him the perfect man for Marco Silva’s system.
Everton’s wide men can utilise his hold up play and height, while his movement behind the lines and link-up play can give Gylfi Sigurdsson someone to work with who actually enjoys to shoot.
Richarlison looked to be the most promising of Everton’s Lukaku replacements but even he’s not an out-and-out frontman and it shows when Everton arrive at the box without a natural predator waiting to finish their chances.
Dzeko is 32-years-old so it’s not a long-term fix, but Marco Silva doesn’t have time to develop a long-term fix at the moment.
He’s under pressure to get results and excite the Goodison faithful, so bringing in a forward who will do just that can bide him the time to find a younger understudy to learn from a great striker like the ex-City man.
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