Everton are discussing the possibility of signing Stanislav Lobotka from La Liga outfit Celta Vigo, according to The Daily Mail.
Everton are searching for a new midfielder following the departure of Idrissa Gueye, as before the Senegalese midfielder’s move, Marco Silva had stated that if the transfer was completed they would need to replace him, as reported by The Liverpool Echo.
Lobotka started 27 La Liga games for Celta Vigo, coming on as a substitute four times and providing one assist, as per WhoScored.
The Slovakia international averaged 1 tackle, 0.8 interceptions and 0.5 clearances for Celta Vigo, while successfully completing 89.2% of his passes.
In contrast, Gueye started 32 times for Everton, coming off the bench once, making two assists throughout the campaign.
He made 4.3 tackles, 2.2 interceptions and 1.3 clearances per game while maintaining a pass success rate of 84.3%.
It is clear that Lobotka does not stack up against Gueye defensively, which means that if Everton were to sign him they could be a lot more susceptible to attacks from the opposition than they were last season.
While Lobotka’s passing accuracy would help Everton keep hold of the ball, what they truly need is someone who will be able to win it back regularly after their recent departure. Indeed, after the Senegalese, the next most frequent tackler in Jonjoe Kenny (2.2 per 90 mins) has also left, so Lobotka himself may not be enough.
The Slovakian’s numbers are not necessarily poor, but they are nowhere near enough to cover for someone as efficient at regaining possession as Gueye is.
Therefore, Everton should look elsewhere for a midfielder if they are after a direct replacement, rather than going for the Celta Vigo man.
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