Everton are in an important place within the Premier League, at present sitting eleventh within the desk after going unbeaten of their final six outings within the high flight. Nevertheless, there’s nonetheless work to be executed to get the Toffees again to their finest.
Frank Lampard and the powers at Goodison Park labored nicely collectively to usher in eight signings over the summer season to drastically enhance the squad forward of the brand new season following a troublesome relegation battle on the backside of the desk and it has actually paid off.
New signings James Tarkowski and Conor Coady have shaped a formidable centre-back partnership of their quick time with one another which has led to Everton changing into the staff with the most effective defensive file thus far within the Premier League with simply seven targets conceded.
That mentioned, the staff have solely scored as many targets as they’ve let in with a drop-off in objective contributions anticipated resulting from Richarlison’s exit in the summertime and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s continued harm struggles, with no like-for-like replacements introduced in to hold a objective risk.
Certainly, Everton did signal Neal Maupay and Dwight McNeil to strengthen the ultimate third, nonetheless, McNeil didn’t rating a single objective for former membership Burnley final season and though he did discover the web on the weekend for the Toffees towards Southampton, ending isn’t considered one of his strongest attributes.
Because of this, Richarlison’s ending experience and starvation for targets are sorely missed and the precise substitute might’ve put Everton in a fair stronger place over the season forward, with Steven Bergwijn one of many gamers closely linked with a £35m transfer to Merseyside final summer season.
The previous Tottenham Hotspur winger finally joined Ajax and is already impressing for the Dutch aspect, which is able to certainly frustrate Lampard while you take a more in-depth his output in comparison with McNeil thus far.
Bergwijn has already scored eight targets in simply 12 appearances, and is outperforming McNeil in lots of attributes together with shot accuracy (58.8% v 25%), crosses accomplished (13 v 6), cross completion (87% v 79%) and profitable dribbles accomplished (60% v 48%).
Not solely that, however the £26.4m ahead, who was dubbed “particular” by journalist Nathan Clark, is at present the high goal-scorer within the Eredivisie for non-penalty targets and fourth for targets per 90 minutes.
With that being mentioned, it was actually a switch howler from the recruitment staff at Goodison Park to not push tougher for Bergwijn’s signature this summer season as he would’ve been the proper Richarlison substitute.