Following a horror injury to midfield star Andre Gomes during Everton’s 1-1 draw with Spurs a fortnight ago, Tom Davies has done well to fill the void in his absence – but is there another youngster who could step into that defensive midfield role with even more authority?
After Gomes underwent crucial ankle surgery, ruling him out of action for the foreseeable future, supporters could have been forgiven for looking on in anxiety over who would step into his shoes and provide that much-needed midfield fluidity.
However, with the’ injury, fans have had to watch on as Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Davies attempt to play that role themselves – with the Frenchman’s robust and static playing style not exactly being a joy to watch.
Davies has taken up the mantle with much aplomb, however, even scoring the opening goal in the Toffees’ last outing, a 2-1 win at Southampton, with supporters rightfully singing his praises.
But when compared to linked Hoffenheim midfielder Dennis Geiger, the statistics just don’t match – with the German youngster holding a superior WhoScored.com pass success rate of 85.8% to Davies’ 78.3%.
Geiger, according to Sport1, has been rumoured to be attracting interest from Everton for his dynamism in midfield – often being billed as his club’s midfield orchestrator, this time by the Bundesliga’s official website.
The 21-year-old first burst onto the scene for Hoffenheim during the 2017/2018 season, playing a crucial role in their successful Champions League qualification whilst amassing an incredible 88.2% pass success rate – scoring two goals and assisting one more on top of that, as per WhoScored.com.
At such a young age, Geiger has already proved he can add fluidity and crisp passing at the very highest level – with Everton crying out for a subtle midfield commander like him. In fact, only the more defensively orientated Fabian Delph (per WhoScored) boasts a better completion rate than the player in question, and his 2.2 key passes per game are better than any midfield in the Toffees’ squad.
So, that could suggest he might be able to create a better quality of chance going forward, something that could be helpful given the team’s lack of a genuine goalscorer with no one having scored more than 3 goals.
Time will tell as to whether Marco Silva’s side make a move for the German U21 international, but all the statistics point towards it being a smart move.
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