Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new era at their football club following the appointment of Marco Silva as the new Toffees manager last week.
The Portuguese had been out of work since losing his job at Watford back in January, with the Hornets laying the blame firmly at the feet of Everton for their approaches for the 40-year-old after sacking Ronald Koeman. Nonetheless, the Toffees now have their man after relieving Sam Allardyce of his duties last month, this all despite leading the Merseyside outfit to an eighth place finish in the Premier League.
As such, there are many excited and expectant Evertonians in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports linking their club with a summer move for striker Bas Dost.
And were the Toffees to indeed get a deal done for the £17.1 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), it would without doubt propel them into top six contention next season.
Ultimately, Everton’s biggest problem this term was their inability to regularly hit the back of the net, with their tally of 44 goals from their 38 Premier League matches fewer than they have managed in each of their last seven top-flight campaigns.
And with Wayne Rooney finishing the season as their top goal-scorer with just 11 goals, and no other player reaching double figures, it’s clear what area of the squad Silva has to improve over the summer to get Everton challenging for European football once again.
And Dost could be the man to fire the club into top six contention.
The 29-year-old has been one of the most prolific forwards in Europe in the last few years by netting a staggering 70 goals in just 90 appearances for Sporting, 34 goals of which coming this term in helping Jorge Jesus’ side to a third place finish in the Primeira Liga.
And with 36 goals the campaign previous, also helping them to third place, the Netherlands international would surely get the goals that Everton have been missing in the last 12 months or so – he is too good not to.
And with the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Theo Walcott out wide, the Toffees could reap the rewards from Dost’s incredible aerial ability next season, with the Dutchman likely to cause opposition defences all sorts of problems with his vision and strength.
Thus, given how goal-shy Everton were at times this term, a goal-scorer is needed for Silva to take the club to the next level – in fact, landing Dost would fire them into top six contention next season.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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