Celta Vigo centre-forward Maxi Gomez appears to be on the radar of some Premier League and other European clubs after becoming quite the talent in the La Liga.
With the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Borussia Dortmund all reportedly interested in securing the services of Gomez, Everton boss Marco Silva should also be monitoring the situation if he finally wants to get the complete striker his club needs.
El Pais reported that Spurs have been keeping tabs on Gomez as an alternative for Harry Kane and much-needed squad depth, while according to the Evening Standard the Hammers had a £27m bid for him rejected in the summer with his asking price believed to be around £35m.
The 22-year-old Gomez started his professional career back home in Uruguay for Defensor Sporting before moving abroad to Celta Vigo in May last year. His presence was very and truly felt by the Spanish club, scoring 19 goals and providing five assists in his debut season in the Spanish league.
Gomez’s consistency also appears to have carried over to this season, having found the back of the net on six occasions already and setting up four more. This strike-rate makes it no surprise that other clubs are looking at him to bolster their chances in front of goal, and for Silva and Everton, it should be the same.
Gomez wouldn’t only come as an alternative to the likes of Richarlison, who has been leading the Toffees’ attack in recent matches, or to Cenk Tosun who has failed to hit the ground running since moving to the Merseyside club at the beginning of the year.
Sunday’s draw at Chelsea could be used as quite a good indication as to why Everton need someone with the capabilities of Gomez. Although Richarlison has proved to be a decent finisher, Silva’s decision to play him as the club’s striker was always going to raise question marks at some stage and after failing to pose a real threat against a strong defence like Chelsea, it shows that the club could complete the puzzle with Gomez up front.
The current combination of Bernard, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott behind Richarlison has looked dangerous at times but with Gomez in it, Richarlison could move to the wing again with Walcott dropping out. The former Arsenal man’s poor controlling has and will cost Everton even more chances in the future.
Gomez, as the leader of that attack, would make Everton quite a force going forward that has innovation, a lot of pace and excellent goal-scoring abilities
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