Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti made some enquiries in January for two of his former players, both Allan and Piotr Zielinski from Napoli, according to reports.
The Toffees have suffered significant injury problems in their midfield during the current campaign, with new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin having played very little game time and Andre Gomes suffering a serious ankle injury earlier in the season. The three-time Champions League winner currently sets out his side so that he only has to play two out of four available midfielders at any one time, out of Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies, Fabian Delph and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
He said: “Maybe Lozano is really a good player, but he’s been misused: he knows how to dribble, but I don’t think he’s worth the €50m spent. It would be right to give him a chance next season, otherwise, send him on loan in Italy to find himself. That is unless Ancelotti also enquires about him for Everton after asking about Allan and Zielinski.”
Zielinski was praised by Jurgen Klopp after his positive display against Liverpool earlier in the season, which made him consider his future, as per Sport Witness. Interestingly, he has averaged 2.3 shots per game, 1.3 key passes and a pass success rate of 87.7% (as per Whoscored) showing how effective he is recycling possession and creating opportunities. Having had a difficult season, Sigurdsson has managed 2.3 shots per game but has averaged just 1 key pass per game and a lower pass success rate of 82.3%.
Indeed, elsewhere, Allan likes to be combative and tenacious in the middle and has averaged 3.1 tackles in Serie A and 4.6 in the Champions League this season, according to Whoscored. This is considerably higher than Blues midfielder Tom Davies (1.2) and Fabian Delph (1.5).
Both Allan and Zielinski can bring a lot of defensive protection and resilience, but also work rate and attacking promise going forward that will help on both ends of the pitch when looking at the aforementioned stats.
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