According to Gazzetta di Parma, Everton are interested in acquiring the services of Roma winger Cengiz Ünder.
The 22-year-old joined the Italians in 2017 for £12.8million (via AS Roma) and signed a new contract earlier this year. However, the winger has failed to impress Roma since penning his new deal, suggesting the club might be ready to offload him.
The Toffees are currently struggling to find goals from anywhere that isn’t Richarlison or Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s boot. The No.9 has racked up 15 goals so far this season (Transfermarkt) whilst Richarlison has contributed 12 goals and four assists across all competitions (also Transfermarkt).
So, a goalscoring right-winger would surely be a high priority on the club’s shopping list, with Everton’s only current option being Theo Walcott. The ex-Arsenal man recently turned 31 and has mustered up a measly one goal and three assists in 25 total matches this season (via Transfermarkt). Indeed, Under averages more shots per game, more key passes and more dribbles a game than Walcott, via WhoScored.
Ünder would be an ideal upgrade on Walcott, who this season has completed more dribbles per game (1.9) than Walcott’s (0.6).
The Turkish winger also averages 1.6 key passes per 90 in comparison to Walcott’s 0.6 as well as maintaining a 76.5% pass accuracy to the 31-year-old’s 67.8% (via WhoScored).
Not only is Ünder a lot more efficient going forward, he is nine years younger than Walcott and could, theoretically, inject a lot more energy into Everton’s front three. With the addition of the Roma man, Ancelotti’s front three will have an average age of 22.3 years – one of the youngest attacks in the entire league.
Clinching Ünder in the upcoming transfer window will be a masterclass from Marcel Brands. Everton saw a previous bid for the 22-year-old rejected, but after hitting a decline in form this season, perhaps the Blues might just get their man this time around.
What’s your take on the update, Blues? Is it time to ditch Walcott and bring in some new legs?
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