It truly was a brilliant end to the season for Everton, wasn’t it? Wins over Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal saw The Toffees finish in eighth, just three points off a European place and manager Marco Silva certainly seemed to have got it right by the end of the season, which will give them plenty of hope.
However, competition is strong, with Wolves, West Ham and Leicester all looking to compete outside of the top six and Everton will have to spend well.
So, who are the likely incomings? Well, it has recently emerged, via Corriere dello Sport’s Rome edition (via the Liverpool Echo), that Everton are interested in capturing the services of French forward Gregoire Defrel.
Let’s have a look below as to whether he would be worth the money.
The AS Roma man spent last season on-loan at Sampdoria, where he scored 11 goals and assisted three in 36 league games. It’s certainly not a bad return, but it’s not overly inspiring either. Still, according to WhoScored, his strengths are his finishing, ability to hold on to the ball, passing and defensive contribution.
Sounds good, right?
Indeed, last season’s stats are better than current striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The 22-year-old managed just six goals and two assists in 36 league games last season and the lack of depth up front meant that Richarlison had to play there on several occasions, despite usually appearing in wider positions prior in his career.
However, being five years younger and with Premier League experience, an argument can still be made for Calvert-Lewin, who was praised by his manager for his growing influence on the team back in April. Just look at the 2017-18 season, Defrel scored just once in 15 appearances for AS Roma.
Clearly, while comparing the two is important, it’s perhaps somewhat futile. Yes, Defrel may represent an improvement in terms of last season, but his track record prior to that isn’t exactly scintillating.
In truth, Everton have never replaced Romelu Lukaku. In his final season at Goodison, he scored 25 league goals and, to put that into perspective, Calvert-Lewin has 11 to his name in 78 appearances. Yes, they clearly need more goals from a central striker (they scored less than the likes of West Ham and Watford last season) but they already have a forward they can mould in the former Sheffield United ace, one who is clearly improving.
Such is the insatiable nature of football transfer season, it’s not hard to imagine the Toffees hoping for further additions over the course of the window. Defrel, however, doesn’t boast the kind of record good enough to end the striker issue Kevin Campbell spoke about to Love Sport Radio (via HITC) back in February.
Everton fans, what do you think? Have you seen much of Defrel? Is he the man to take you to the next level? Comment below.
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