According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Everton are keen on bringing free agent Samir Nasri to Goodison Park. The former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder has been without a club since leaving Turkish outfit Antalyaspor back in January, but with his current drugs ban set to expire next month, he will be able to start training with clubs very soon indeed.
And reports suggest that Marco Silva’s Everton are one side keen on giving the Frenchman an opportunity to return to the Premier League, but with the 31-year-old having failed to produce his best in recent years, it’s a reported move which smacks of utter desperation.
Ultimately, things haven’t worked out particularly well for Nasri since leaving Premier League champions City back in 2017, with his move to Antalyaspor yielding just eight first team appearances, in which time he netted on just two occasions.
Add in the tricky end to his time at the Etihad Stadium, in which the 31-year-old fell down the pecking order alarmingly to manage just seven Premier League appearances in the 2015/16 season, before being shipped out on loan to Sevilla the campaign after, and Nasri hasn’t really produced his best football for a number of years.
Yes, there is clearly a very talented player in the Frenchman and one that certainly helped to light up Arsenal during his three-year spell at the Emirates Stadium, but that was some time ago now, and those heights haven’t been hit as consistently at all since then.
And given the attacking options already at Silva’s disposal at Goodison Park, one wonders whether the Toffees really need the 31-year-old.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is constantly growing more accustomed to the number ten role, as evidenced by his stunning goal in victory over Leicester City last weekend, while the summer additions of Richarlison and Bernard look like being very shrewd signings indeed, with the former hitting the ground running and the latter proving why he has been sought after for many years.
Add in the likes of Theo Walcott, Ademola Lookman, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who were already at the football club prior to the summer, and Silva has plenty of accomplished options to choose from in the attacking ranks – Nasri’s arrival would bolster them further, but it’s questionable whether it is indeed necessary.
Yes, the 31-year-old would bring trophy-winning experience to the blue half of Merseyside having twice won the Premier League with City in 2012 and 2014, but other than that, it’s difficult to see what else Nasri would bring on the field to help the Toffees bridge the gap to the top six.
And with things seemingly heading in the right direction in the last few weeks following impressive wins over Fulham and Leicester, Silva seems to be getting to grips with the abundance of quality in his squad – it’s arguable that Nasri’s arrival wouldn’t really add a great deal to what he already has.
Thus, while Nasri’s best football has come in the Premier League in the past, that was some time ago now, which is why Everton’s reported interest in the £5.4 million-rated midfielder (as per Transfermarkt) smacks of utter desperation – quite simply, they do not need the Frenchman.
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