It’s fair to say that while Richarlison’s signing looked to work well for Everton, the Brazilian isn’t at his best when operating as a central striker. Indeed, he obviously rose to prominence with Watford while largely playing on the wing and, having cost a reported £50m according to BBC Sport at the time, playing him somewhat out of position perhaps doesn’t make all that much sense.
Frankly, there’s been a hole in the centre-forward spot since the departure of Romelu Lukaku in 2017 as Kevin Campbell eluded to on Love Sport Radio back in February and the £27m addition of Cenk Tosun little over 18 months ago hasn’t worked out as hoped.
So, as a result, Marco Silva’s eyeing a deadly goal-scorer, who might just excite the Goodison Park faithful. Indeed, according to A Bola, the Toffees are very interested in Benfica’s Haris Seferovic, who, in our minds, would be the perfect solution to adding more goals to their game.
In a topsy-turvy campaign, Everton netted 54 goals last season. Now, that might make good reading when compared to the likes of Leicester City, West Ham and Wolves, but the gap between their number and the top six is fairly vast. After all, Manchester United bagged 65 in what was a disappointing campaign, so for Everton to actually break into the upper echelons of English football, they’ll need to add more firepower.
Seferovic scoring 23 times in the league (stats Transfermarkt) for the Portuguese giants perhaps indicates that he may be capable of taking Marco Silva’s attack to another level. Yes, the Portuguese league is considered weaker than England’s top flight but this is a regular Swiss international we’re talking about. Having made 59 appearances for his country and scored 17 goals, the former Fiorentina ace does boast a pretty good footballing pedigree.
When you also look into his superiority in terms of shots (2.8) and key passes (1) per game as compared to Richarlison (2.4+0.6) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (1.5+0.3), it’s easy to see why Silva is said to want him to come in. Everton have really lacked a finisher in recent times as Calvert-Lewin and Tosun only managed to find the back of the net a combined 12 times in all competitions, so the Toffees would surely be glad to see someone like Seferovic join, especially as two of his strengths (as per WhoScored) are listed as long shots and finishing.
Moreover, taking into account the fact that he averages a goal every three matches, the 27-year-old could perhaps improve his own game alongside Everton’s attacking threat with Bernard (averaging 1.2 key passes per game) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (averaging 1.7 key passes per game) supporting him.
Valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, Seferovic and Everton could be good for each other.
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