Everton could return to European football if they drop their chase to secure Andre Gomes and put all their efforts into signing Adrien Rabiot instead. Yes, get rid of a man who has performed pretty well for the Toffees this season and go for broke on a PSG outcast. That’s the kind of ruthless strategy we want to see coming out of Goodison Park.
Le 10 Sport have claimed the Merseyside outfit are interested in the Frenchman, whose passing ability would give the Toffees much more control in the centre of the park. Indeed, his 92% passing accuracy in Ligue 1 this season proves what an impact he could have.
After a difficult season behind the scenes, he made 14 appearances for PSG in the league season and although he only made one assist and scored two goals, his game is about setting the tempo for his teammates to cause the damage. Gomes has scored one less goal, but it’s clear they’re both not being headhunted to make great finishers anyway.
In May the Liverpool Echo reported Everton have opened talks with Barcelona to make Gomes’ move permanent, but his pass completion in the Premier League is just 84%. Frankly, that’s the most important stat and Everton should heed that warning.
Rabiot would probably cost a lot more in wages, considering his reported wage demands are apparently putting off Juventus (as per La Gazzetta dello Sport via Calcio Mercato in May) but if Everton want to reach the top they have to compete with the best teams for the best players, and Rabiot fits that bracket.
Maybe they’ll need to overpay but would that really be such a bad thing to make a statement of this kind? It’d certainly be a coup and something to attract attention to an Everton side who have struggled to really capitalise on the investment they’ve had in recent years.
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