According to Italian news website ll Messaggero, Everton are set to launch a January bid to sign Roma striker Edin Dzeko. The Toffees have looked desperately short of a top quality striker for the past few seasons.
Boss Marco Silva is reportedly looking to solve their striking problem this month. It seems that 32-year-old Dzeko could be a short-term answer to the Merseysiders striker’s issues. There is even some speculation that the Toffees could sign the striker in a swap deal involving out-of-favour French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. Any swap deal of that nature would certainly please the majority of Toffees fans.
Dzeko seems an ideal signing for Everton
Despite his age, Dzeko looks to be the perfect January signing for Everton. The Toffees have tons of creativity, pace and guile in the team, but the team lacks a finisher up top.
Throughout his career, the Bosnian forward has been prolific in front of goal. Even during his days of being a super-sub at City, he still scored his fair share of goals for the Citizens prior to moving on. Dzeko scored over 50 Premier League goals in his time with City and in a team as good at creating chances as Everton he could well bump up his goal tally in the English top-flight.
Could help youngsters develop
Everton boss Silva is currently playing Brazilian youngster Richarlison out of position as a striker instead of in his natural position of left wing. This decision was born out of the lack of quality strikers within in the squad.
The likes of Oumar Niasse and Cent Tosun have both struggled to prove they are good enough to lead the Toffees line. The pair has been linked with moves away in the January transfer window.
Everton’s best hope is England under-21 international Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The youngster seems to have many of the attributes to become a top striker. However, he does not seem to be a natural goalscorer.
If he watched, trained and played alongside a clinical finisher like Dzeko, then maybe he could become more clinical himself. The experienced striker would be a fine example of how to score goals to Calvert-Lewin and even Richarlison.
Dzeko may block Calvert-Lewin’s path to a starting place at first, but if he could learn from Dzeko, then he could eventually improve and become the striker that the majority of Everton fans are willing him to be.
Everton could still finish as best of the rest
For years now, Everton have been contenders to be ‘the best of the rest’ behind the recent top-six teams. However, the Toffees have been highly inconsistent this season, although the team’s style of play has improved immensely under Marco Silva.
The club obviously has far higher ambitions than just finishing midtable in future seasons. Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri recently stated that the team’s position at the time of 11th was simply not good enough.
However, if Everton finishes in the top seven, having played better football than under their previous boss Sam Allardyce, then it has not been a disastrous campaign. It takes time for a team to change a style of play and the Toffees have certainly done that this season.
Everton are odds of 1/ 2 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season. However, finishing in the top seven is not unrealistic.
Granted it may not have been a perfect season for the Toffees, but there now seems to be an actual strategy to move the club and the team forward in the near future, which only bodes well for the Merseyside club.
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