Everton’s dismal away record in the Premier League continued against Manchester City at the weekend.
The Citizens were always going to be difficult to face at the Etihad, and the hosts took an early lead through Gabriel Jesus who netted his first goal since August to open the scoring. The Brazilian netted again after the interval before Dominic Calvert-Lewin clawed one back for the Toffees. However, a late header from Raheem Sterling ensured Pep Guardiola’s men left with all three points. The result means Everton have won just one away game in their last nine Premier League fixtures on the road.
Despite the defeat, Marco Silva will be pleased with the amount of chances created by his side. With Richarlison having a rare off-day, Everton lacked ruthlessness in front of goal with both the Brazilian and Calvert-Lewis squandering great opportunities. With the January transfer window opening soon, Silva should be aiming to add to his attacking options to boost Everton’s European hopes.
The perfect addition to the front line would be Lille sensation – Nicolas Pepe. Valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, the Ivorian winger has been one of the stand out stars in Europe following a blistering start to the Ligue 1 campaign. After hitting an impressive 13 league goals last year, the right winger has truly taken his game to the next level this season.
The 23-year-old has been in fantastic form, netting an incredible 12 goals in just 18 appearances in France’s top division this season. Not only has Pepe been scoring for fun, but the winger has also registered five assists for his team-mates. With bags of pace and excellent dribbling ability, Pepe would be the final piece of the puzzle in the Everton attack. In a squad of Everton’s talent with creative players such as Glyfi Sigurdsson around him, the Ivory Coast international could become even better.
It would take a massive transfer fee to lure him from France, but the price would definitely be worth it for the Blues.
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