According to a rumour from Turkish-Football.com, Everton are allegedly planning a £34 million summer swoop for AS Roma winger Cengiz Under in a bid to add creativity down their flanks – giving potential competition to current starters Theo Walcott and Bernard.
Under, who has struggled for game time this season due to injury troubles (Transfermarkt), is reportedly being monitored by the Toffees as they consider a potential summer bid for the Turkey international. La Gazzetta dello Sport via Calciomercato reported back in December that Roma would be willing to sell the youngster, who is rated highly, and it appears this latest report has backed up those claims – with Everton now interested in snapping up the 22-year-old in the summer.
Compared to Carlo Ancelotti’s current preferred wingers, Under has managed to eclipse both Walcott and Bernard in terms of creativity – averaging 1.5 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per game this season in his limited outings, as per WhoScored.com – perhaps hinting that he could have a much more fruitful impact than the pair provided he stays his fit.
However, according to SofaScore, the Turkish attacker also appears slightly careless in possession – having lost the ball just over eight times per game in 11 Serie A starts. Under, who is currently valued at £34 million if this report is to be believed, was tasked with filling the void left by former Roma ace Mohamed Salah when he departed for Liverpool – with the youngster doing a ‘fair job’ in his place according to a scout report from Sport 360. The former Istanbul Basaksehir winger is also said to possess great positioning and decision-making in tight areas which ‘can be deadly‘.
Whether or not he is worth the price tag Roma have slapped on is up for debate, but one thing is for certain, he could turn out to be a worthy injection of creativity from out wide at Goodison Park if the Toffees take a gamble judging by the stats previously mentioned.
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