Who is Pedro Delgado? All you need to know about Everton’s new target
Everton have stepped up their interest in young Portuguese starlet Pedro Delgado from Sporting CP B. New manager Marco Silva has made it clear that he needs a large squad with quality in depth, and Delgado fits that bill perfectly.
The 21-year-old is one of the brightest young stars en route to becoming one of the best central midfielders. Signing him now will help Everton groom the player and unleash him gradually to the maximum effect. Silva is known to work well with young players, and his compatriot Delgado will be no exception.
Here’s everything you need to know about the player and why he would be a fantastic addition for Everton.
Age – 21
Main position – Central Midfielder, attacking midfield, right-wing
Delgado is a tall player with the required physical stature to dominate games in central midfield. The 21-year-old has a clean pair of feet to dodge past players in tight situations and pick out a through ball. His height allows him to win aerial balls, both while defending and/or attacking from set-pieces, making him an added threat.
The Portuguese U21 international’s passing and long-range shooting skills are admirable as well. Delgado isn’t a slouch when it comes to covering defensive ground as well, making crucial tackles and interceptions to shield the back line.
He is a complete midfielder in the sense that he can make a solid impact on both fronts of the game, meaning he should flourish under Silva’s guidance.
Everton have sold Davy Klaassen, and Wayne Rooney has left the club to play in the Major League Soccer. Hence, the Toffees do need a central midfielder who can create chances and be a dominant presence in both boxes. Signing Delgado will help them in that regard to a massive extent.
For the player as well, moving to a high-profile league like the English top-flight will be a huge upgrade to what he has been through in Portugal so far. Hence, if the move goes through, it will be a win-win situation for all parties involved.